West Virginia hospital closes ED, will transition into orthopedic hospital

Charleston, W.Va.-based Saint Francis Hospital closed its emergency department Feb. 1 as part of a plan to transition the facility into the state's first full-service orthopedic specialty hospital, according to Lootpress.

Emergency and critical care services will transfer to Thomas Memorial Hospital in South Charleston. 

The changes come after both hospitals recently joined Morgantown-based WVU Medicine. 

"This represents a tremendous opportunity to create a best-in-class, full-service orthopedic hospital for the Charleston area and the southern region of West Virginia," said Albert Wright, Jr., president and CEO of WVU Health System and interim president and CEO of Thomas Health. "Patients can still receive the quality emergency care they have come to know and trust at Saint Francis on our Thomas campus in South Charleston."

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