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Rep. McKinley takes closure of OVMC/EORH to a federal level


WHEELING, W.Va (WTRF) – The discussion about the closures of the Ohio Valley Medical Center and East Ohio Regional Hospital is heading to Washington.

U.S. Representative David McKinley (R), WV, told 7News, he sent a letter to the agency that handles the reimbursement process.

McKinley is hoping the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the Department of Justice can form a plan to save some, if not all of the 1200 jobs that will be wiped away in the closure.

“There are things in the works. We are having conversations with a lot of folks to find a way to keep as much as that hospital… I think it’s going to have to downsize but I’m not the owner… Whatever it is… We still need to find a way to make sure these employees are still going to have a job,” said McKinley.

Declining reimbursements account for just some of the $37 million in losses at both facilities combined.

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