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Longterm Care Hospital to Open in Morgantown

MORGANTOWN — The West Virginia Health Care Authority has approved a certificate of need for Acuity Healthcare to develop a 25-bed, long-term acute care hospital at Mon Health Medical Center.

The specialty hospital will be located on the fourth floor of Mon Health Medical Center in Morgantown. The unit will provide specialty care to critically ill and medically complex patients.

In February, Mon Health Medical Center partnered with Acuity Healthcare to establish long-term acute care hospital services, providing a critical link in the continuum of care for north central West Virginia’s sickest patients. It will be the first facility of its kind in the greater Morgantown area.

Acuity Healthcare already operates long-term acute care hospitals at Wheeling Hospital, the former Belmont Community Hospital in Bellaire and Weirton Medical Center.

Specialty hospitals offer intensive acute care services to medically complex and critically ill patients who have required three or more days in an acute care hospital’s intensive care unit level of care setting, or those patients who will need to receive “prolonged mechanical ventilation” (greater than 96 hours). The unit provides an extended hospital stay averaging 25 to 30 days.

“Caring for our communities’ patients is our primary concern,” said David Goldberg, president and CEO of Mon Health System and Mon Health Medical Center. “The West Virginia Health Care Authority’s approval of our application demonstrates the need and this relationship will allow greater access for the region to this level of care. We are thrilled to enhance our services to provide a long-term acute care option for our patients right here closer to home.”

“We are excited about the approval,” said Ed Cooper, president and CEO of Acuity Healthcare. “We know that this level of care is critical in the continuum of care in the region.”

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