WVU Medicine to open 10-bed hospital by end of June

Morgantown-based West Virginia University Medicine will open a 10-bed hospital with an emergency department at the former Fairmont Regional Medical Center by the end of the month, according to WVNews.

Irving, Calif.-based Alecto Healthcare, which owned Fairmont Regional, said in late February that it would close the West Virginia hospital within 60 days because it was unable to find a buyer.

But Albert Wright Jr., CEO and president of WVU Medicine, said in March he had worked out a deal with the governor to keep portions of Fairmont Regional open while WVU Medicine builds a 100-bed hospital in Fairmont. 

WVU Medicine said the project to convert Fairmont Regional into a small hospital operated by the academic health system should cost about $10 million. 

Mr. Wright told the newspaper the COVID-19 pandemic caused a slowdown in reopening portions of Fairmont Regional, but it is back on track.

"We wanted to get this [project] back on the front burner," Mr. Wright told WVNews. "We were able to negotiate our lease for the building,  and I think we'll have it in place to reopen the emergency department and about 10 beds on about June 30."

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