OVMC Owes Wheeling Over $188,000 in Unpaid Water Bills

WHEELING — Ohio Valley Medical Center, set to close in October, owes the city of Wheeling just over $188,000 in unpaid water bills, City Manager Robert Herron said Monday.

The hospital most recently paid the city $20,000 for water bills on Thursday, Herron said.

The figure adds to the more than $415,000 in unpaid fire service and parking fees that OVMC owes Wheeling.

Those fees are to subsidize parking in the city’s Center Wheeling garage and to pay for the hospital’s share of fire service, which is determined by square footage.

The hospital still had not made its annual $47,893 payment for fire service as of July 3 and still owed $368,000 in parking fees, Herron said Friday.

Herron said city leaders had been in discussions with OVMC officials over the past two weeks about payment of those fees.

It was not known whether the hospital had paid the city its business and occupation tax.

Alecto Healthcare Services, the California-based parent company of OVMC and East Ohio Regional Hospital in Martins Ferry, announced last week it will close both hospitals as early as Oct. 7. About 1,200 employees at the two hospitals are expected to be terminated following the closures.

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