OVMC Intensive Care Unit Waiting Room Dedicated in Honor of Revered Wheeling PhysicianWednesday, April 20, 2016
Ohio Valley Medical Center’s Intensive Care Unit waiting room was dedicated in honor of longtime Wheeling physician and former Chief of Staff at OVMC, the late Dr. Martin Reiter, on Tuesday, April 20.
Jeff Reiter, the son of Dr. Reiter, said this was a very proud moment for him. He emotionally expressed his appreciation for the dedication and compassion that his father had shown the people of the Ohio Valley in his 48 years of practice. “This was a place that my dad put his heart and soul into. This was his life, this is what my dad did. He spent a lot of time in the ICU, so dedicating the waiting room in his honor is so touching and fitting.”
Dr. Martin Reiter settled in Wheeling in 1952, started his practice, and remained a pillar of the community until he moved to North Carolina to live with his son and daughter-in-law when he was in his nineties. In addition to serving as the Chief of Staff at OVMC, he served as a part time physician for Vocational Rehabilitation, with some of that time being used in the West Virginia Maximum security Prison in Moundsville, W.Va. He contributed to the establishment of Peterson Rehabilitation Hospital in Wheeling and was involved in the University of Pittsburgh and West Virginia University Medical Schools, serving as a clinical instructor for interns and residents in the programs located in Wheeling. Dr. Reiter became board certified in two specialties, Internal Medicine and Allergy/Immunology. He would continue to voluntarily maintain his board certification and test every ten years successfully into his seventies.
“Dr. Reiter has been an important part of our community and our history,” said Michael Caruso, president and chief executive officer of Ohio Valley Health Services and Education Corporation. “He was an excellent physician and Chief of Staff and we sure miss him.”
Dr Reiter also authored a question and answer medical advice column in the Wheeling Intelligencer that appeared weekly and was very popular with the Wheeling community. His passion for medicine was accompanied by a passion for golf, crossword puzzles, and travel. He finally succumbed to dementia on September 30, 2015, at the age of 95.
Dr. Reiter is survived by his youngest brother Kenneth, his three children Jeff, Martia, and Debbie, his grandchildren Chris and Lauren, and his great granddaughters Juliana, Alexandra, and Mackensie. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife Marie Claire “Ree” Cook Reiter.
Pictured at the Dr. Martin D. Reiter ICU waiting room are Lisa Simon, VP/chief financial officer of OVHS&E, Laurie Labishak, VP/executive director-foundation/OVHS&E, Patsy George, VP/chief nursing officer of OVHS&E, Jeff Reiter, son of Dr. Reiter, and Michael Caruso, president and chief executive officer of OVHS&E