105-year-old Ohio hospital closes

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Belmont Community Hospital, a 99-bed hospital in Bellaire, Ohio, closed April 5.

The hospital, which opened as Bellaire City Hospital in 1914 and was acquired by Wheeling (W.Va.) Hospital in 1996, announced plans in February to shut down. Officials cited a decline in patient volume as the reason for the closure.

"Utilization of BCH has continued to decline despite efforts to offer varying services at the facility," the hospital said in a press release. "The decline has place[d] a financial strain on the BCH that cannot be sustained in the long term."

Wheeling Hospital offered jobs to some of Belmont Community Hospital's 93 employees.

The health centers that operate under Belmont Community Hospital remain open, and long-term acute care services are available in the hospital building, according to local TV station WTOV.

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