Hospitals

On this West Virginia Morning, Secretary of State Mac Warner announced some voting policies this week in the run up to the general election in November. Specifically, voters will have to ask for an absentee ballot application instead of automatically receiving one in the mail. Also, in this show, we hear a report on a small, failing water utility in Fayette County.

Berkeley Medical Center in Martinsburg, W.Va.
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WVU Medicine’s two Eastern Panhandle hospitals have lifted the zero-visitation policy put in place to combat the coronavirus.

Hospital inpatients and emergency department patients at Berkeley Medical Center and Jefferson Medical Center are now permitted to see visitors.

Hospital closures and workforce reduction are taking place all across the state during a time when experts say West Virginians need healthcare the most.


Berkeley Medical Center in Martinsburg, W.Va.
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Updated on June 19, 2020 at 5:30 p.m.

As West Virginia continues to ease coronavirus-related restrictions this week under Gov. Jim Justice’s safer-at-home order, including nursing home visitations, some hospitals in the state are choosing to keep their doors shut to most visitors.

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A Charleston hospital has become West Virginia's first COVID-19 surge hospital ahead of the state's projected peak of coronavirus cases.

Saint Francis Hospital was ready to receive virus patients as of Friday, The Charleston Gazette Mail reported.

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On this West Virginia Morning, the models have shifted to favor West Virginia in its fight against the coronavirus, but experts are urging cautious optimism. We also hear how one VA hospital is preparing for a potential influx of veteran patients with coronavirus.

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On this West Virginia Morning, rural hospitals are closing throughout the region and the country, and a sweeping pandemic is highlighting just how vulnerable that leaves communities.

Fairmont Regional Medical Center

The Fairmont Regional Medical Center is shutting down ahead of schedule and will cease operations over the next several days, the hospital's owner said in a letter Monday.

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On this West Virginia Morning, we hear from a woman who is reaching out to grandparents who are raising their grandkids.

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Roane General Hospital is spending about $22 million to renovate its facilities in Spencer, West Virginia. A loan of $26 million from the U.S. Department of Agriculture will cover most of the expansion. 

There will be a new medical office building, offering more preventative wellness care for the community, including a gym and fitness center, free educational classes, health screenings and support groups. 


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A West Virginia hospital has filed for bankruptcy protection.

Williamson Memorial Hospital made the Chapter 11 filing Monday in federal bankruptcy court.

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On this West Virginia Morning, citizens are taking pipeline construction regulations into their own hands. We hear the latest on the Mountain Valley Pipeline and pipeline monitoring, and we hear reports on two rural hospitals and the epidemic of black lung disease.

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Five hospitals in West Virginia have been recognized as high performing by the annual U.S. World and News Report “Best Hospitals” report. 

Charleston Area Medical Center was ranked overall number one in the state followed by WVU Medicine. 

Mon Health and St. Mary’s Medical Center were tied for third and Thomas Memorial was fifth. 

Anyone who has tried to shop around for hospital services knows this: It's hard to get prices in advance.

President Trump signed an executive order Monday that he says would make such comparisons easier, and make the pricing process more transparent.

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The acquisition of St. Mary's Medical Center by a hospital in West Virginia has been made official.

Cabell Huntington Hospital board of directors Chairman Dr. Kevin Yingling says the hospital finished the final steps of financing and paperwork to complete the acquisition of St. Mary's Medical Center.

End of Life Registry Helps Patients Die at Home

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Most Americans say they want to die at home. But without the right paperwork, many end up living out their final days in institutions or hospitals. The West Virginia e-Directive Registry is trying to change that.

The e-Directive Registry includes advanced directives, living wills, medical orders and Do Not Resuscitate cards. These documents help medical providers understand West Virginians’ end-of-life wishes, including where participants want to die and what kind of treatment they want in their last days of life. 

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Highland Hospital officials say the mental health center's board of directors has agreed to sell its Charleston facilities to Tennessee-based behavioral health care company Acadia Healthcare Company Inc.

Cynthia Persily, president and CEO of the Highland Hospital Association, said Acadia has issued a letter of intent to buy Highland. Persily says the two companies will now work toward a finalized agreement, which Highland hopes to have in place by Sept. 30.

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An advocacy group says declines in uncompensated care have saved West Virginia hospitals millions of dollars.

State data compiled by West Virginians for Affordable Health Care show more than two dozen hospitals saved a total of more than $265 million from 2013 to 2014.

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Five hospitals have received state approval to raise their rates.

The rate increases approved by the West Virginia Health Care Authority apply to nongovernmental patients paying with private insurance or out-out-pocket.