This Ohio hospital closed — when will the highway signs come down?

East Ohio Regional Hospital in Martins Ferry recently closed, but hospital signage on a nearby highway has not been removed or covered, reports The Times Leader.

EORH President and CEO Daniel Dunmyer announced the facility closure in August and said it would take three months to fully wind down operations. EORH stopped taking patients Sept. 27, and all patients were transferred out of the facility by Oct. 7, according to The Times Leader.

The highway signs are Ohio Department of Transportation's responsibility. ODOT is waiting for confirmation from the hospital that it is permanently closed before removing them, a spokesperson from the highways department told The Times Leader. ODOT will not temporarily cover the signs.

The hospital's owner, Alecto Healthcare Services of Irvine, Calif., is rumored to be in negotiations to sell the hospital, according to The Times Leader. The delay to confirm closure with ODOT could further fuel the rumors.

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