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December 1, 2010

FGH still has concerns over Highland

Ribbon-cutting on new geriatric psych ward today

FAIRMONT — As Fairmont General Hospital officials cut the ribbon on a new geriatric psych ward today, there is still a great deal of uncertainty when it comes to how the hospital will be affected by a proposed mental facility in Harrison County.

Last month, Charleston-based Highland Hospital filed a certificate of need with the West Virginia Health Care Authority to take over the former United Hospital Center building in Clarksburg and turn it into a psychiatric facility with between 360 and 400 beds.

FGH officials filed a request for a hearing, fearing that the future of its 48 beds — 18 in its new geriatric unit in addition to its 30 already established acute-care psychiatric beds — would be in jeopardy.

Fairmont’s new hospital patient care unit will care for individuals over 55 who are diagnosed with depression, dementia, Alzheimer’s disease or other memory-related problems. It is the first of its kind for North Central West Virginia.

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