Fairmont Regional

Fairmont Regional

FAIRMONT —Fairmont Regional Medical Center is keeping its doors open, according to a statement from the hospital Wednesday.

“FRMC is not closing. We will continue to provide compassionate care to the Marion County Community and surrounding area for years to come,” read a statement from Steve Bovino, director of community relations for Fairmont Regional Medical Center.

Fairmont Regional Medical Center is operated by California-based Alecto Healthcare Hospital, and two of its hospitals are being closed in West Virginia. Alecto purchased Fairmont General Hospital in June 2014 for $15.3 million after the hospital went into bankruptcy.

An Aug. 7 news release states, “Ohio Valley Medical Center in Wheeling, West Virginia and East Ohio Regional Hospital in Martins Ferry, Ohio on Wednesday announced that after a thorough evaluation of all available options, losses of more than $37 million over the past two years, and an exhaustive but unsuccessful search for a strategic partner or buyer, OVMC and EORH have decided to begin the process to close both OVMC and EORH.

OVMC and EORH will immediately begin working with federal, state, and local agencies to develop a definitive timeline for the closure of both facilities. The closure process for facilities like OVMC and EORH typically takes 60 to 90 days and OVMC and EORH will share a definitive timeline with all interested parties in the coming days.

Meanwhile, Gov. Jim Justice has asked his staff to look at what possible way the state can save the hospital in Wheeling.

“I have directed members of my administration to dig deep to see what kind of help the State can offer to try to stop Ohio Valley Medical Center from closing. We need to be willing to do everything we can possibly do to help, because 1,200 jobs are on the line. We would go to the ends of the earth to bring a company into West Virginia if they were going to provide 1,200 new jobs for our hardworking people, so we need to be willing to scratch and claw just as hard to protect and keep these crucial jobs at OVMC,” Justice said.

“I am actively talking with Congressman David McKinley and the two of us are working as diligently as we possibly can to try to find a solution. I have also put Secretary Bill Crouch with our Department of Health and Human Resources in touch with hospital leadership to see if there’s anything he can do to help. Saving these important jobs has to be a top priority.”

Eric Hrin can be reached at 304-367-2549, or ehrin@timeswv.com.

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