MARTINS FERRY, Ohio (WTRF)

East Ohio Regional Hospital is coming back to life.

It will open soon with 70 beds, and will add a 40-bed psychiatric unit by June.

There are employees wearing scrubs everywhere you look.

More than 400 people have been hired, or in many cases, re-hired.

The mood is joyful.

And a determined group of clergy members who held prayer vigils when the hospital closed in July 2019 were back today with a new message.

They anointed the hands of the employees with oil, saying “Yours are the hands that push the X-ray machines, yours are the hands that do the healing.”

Hospital CEO and administrator Bernie Albertini said the new owner, Dr. John Johnson, has already invested $18 million into physical infrastructure improvements.

They say they don’t have a solid reopening date, but it will be soon.