OVMC to suspend inpatient, emergency medical services at midnight


WHEELING, W.Va. (WTRF) — Ohio Valley Medical Center formally announced via press release that inpatient and emergency medical services will be suspended.

Inpatient does include Hillcrest Behavioral Health Services.

This will take into effect Wednesday, September 4 at 11:59 p.m.

WVU Medicine and Wheeling Hospital have both released a statement regarding OVMC’s recent announcement.

WVU Medicine has been negotiating in good faith with OVMC to assume psychiatric services on the campus of OVMC with the understanding that OVMC would continue to provide services until October.  We were therefore very surprised by OVMC’s late-day announcement today and unfortunate decision to abruptly close services even earlier than expected.

WVU Medicine news release statement regarding OVMC recent announcement

The OVMC news today was a surprise, due to the fact that the expected closing was October 7. In addition, it was understood that both OVMC and EORH would close on that date. Wheeling Hospital is currently evaluating the situation and our next steps.

Wheeling Hospital news release statement regarding OVMC recent announcement

Several state and city officials also released statements following the announcement.

A month ago, we received word that the Ohio Valley Medical Center would be closing, and now we are faced with the reality that in less than 24 hours, all acute and emergency admissions at OVMC will be suspended. Today’s announcement will have a major impact on patients, especially those utilizing OVMC’s inpatient mental health services and emergency services. We are hopeful that potential buyers will move with a sense of urgency in order to prevent any further disruptions to care. We have had dozens of calls and meeting since the initial announcement. We will continue to work to find a solution that will hopefully save jobs, and maintain the access to quality care that the residents of the Ohio Valley deserve.

Rep David McKinley (R-WV), statement on OVMC announcement

I’m very disappointed that OVMC will be suspending acute and emergency medical services. Upon learning the news that the hospital could potentially close, I immediately began working with all parties-especially Congressman McKinley who has been an incredible advocate-toward finding a satisfactory solution to keep the health services available and the employees of OVMC employed.

Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), statement on OVMC announcement

While we are disappointed and blindsided by Alecto’s decision to accelerate its timeline, we are hopeful that a long-term solution can be achieved. Our top priority remains saving and creating as many jobs as possible. We will continue our discussions with representatives from WVU and Wheeling Hospital while also working with other elected officials at the local, state, and federal level.

Wheeling City Mayor Glenn Elliott, statement on OVMC announcement

OVMC and East Ohio Regional Hospital announced that both hospitals would close its doors on October 7.

More than 1,000 jobs will be affected by these closing.

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