Mon Health Hopes To Build Micro Hospital In Fairmont
Mon Health has announced they hope to build a small format hospital in the Fairmont Region. The much smaller facility would replace Fairmont Regional, which announced it was closing late last month.
According to a Tuesday press release, Mon Health will seek a certificate of need to build a small format hospital in the Fairmont Region. A certificate of need is required by many states, including West Virginia to build new health care facilities.
A small format hospital, more commonly called a micro hospital, are accredited, in-patient facilities with full emergency services that are used by health systems to fill gaps where there isn’t enough demand to sustain a traditional hospital. If approved, it would be the first micro-hospital in the state, but other states, including Allegheny Health Network in Pennsylvania, have used micro hospitals successfully.
The press release states that Mon Health already owns property in Fairmont that would be appropriate for the new facility, however, the state must review and approve Mon Health’s certificate of need to allow the planned hospital development to proceed.
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