Hundreds gather to say goodbye to OVMC

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In 1914, they built the East Building and changed the name to Ohio Valley General Hospital.

In 1973, they changed the name again, to Ohio Valley Medical Center.
Now its most recent owners, Alecto, are suspending services at one minute before midnight.

Officials who were working with an October deadline in mind….say this sudden closure is terribly sad.

“I had a meeting with the governor on Friday, and I really felt positive and optimistic when I left that meeting. It’s sad you know that Tuesday afternoon, just a few short business hours after that meeting ended, it was, you know, we got the devastating news that they were going to be closing.”

Erikka Storch, R-Ohio County

“We’re certainly disappointed and blindsided by Alecto’s decision to accelerate their time line on closure. But we will continue to work with officials at WVU, Wheeling Hospital as well as other elected officials at the state and federal level to try to find any solution where we can save and preserve as many jobs as possible.”

Chad Thalman, Wheeling Vice Mayo

7News also talked to a doctor who spent his entire career at the O-V, and who sees this as a sad day indeed.

Officials say it’s still not over yet. Still, they are not as optimistic as they were….before this early closure was announced.

Local fire and EMS squads have told 7News they plan to gather at the hospital just before midnight to give employees a ceremonial sendoff.

Late Wednesday evening West Virginia Governor Jim Justice released a statement regarding OVMC.

“From the first day that I heard about Alecto Healthcare’s decision to close the Ohio Valley Medical Center in Wheeling, I have worked tirelessly with WVU Medicine, Congressman McKinley, and community leaders to make sure that the Ohio Valley region will be able to maintain quality healthcare availability and to make sure we saved as many jobs as possible. 


I am disappointed that Alecto chose to end negotiations with WVU Medicine on the same day that they announced the premature closing of their facility. 

It’s easy to see that this huge out-of-state conglomerate cares very little for West Virginians. 

I have proposed multiple solutions through WVU Medicine that have fallen on deaf ears. Even though we have tried everything to keep OVMC open, I have always said that we have to be financially responsible and make sure that we don’t throw money away by giving it to out-of-state corporations that are trying to line their pockets as they prepare for bankruptcy. 

While I’m disappointed in the actions of Alecto, I applaud the continuing efforts by WVU Medicine to respond to the healthcare needs of the Ohio Valley in a timely fashion, even without the support of the Alecto Healthcare management team at OVMC. 

I have asked Attorney General Patrick Morrisey to look into any improprieties that Alecto has done or is doing that has caused West Virginians undue hardship.”

Governor Jim Justice

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