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Justice Expresses Confidence in WVU Medicine

Jim Justice

West Virginia Gov.Jim Justice appeared today at Wheeling Hospital to reaffirm the state’s commitment to health care in the Northern Panhandle

The governor expressed confidence in WVU Medicine’s ability to provide quality health care services and fill gaps in coverage caused by the sudden closure of Ohio Valley Medical Center. He said the crisis was caused by out-of-state interests who were motivated by greed.

Justice did not mention the owner of OVMC or the owner of its buildings by name, but he described the crisis by saying, “You had a bomb go off with bad actors who won’t play in the sandbox.”

Albert Wright, CEO of WVU Medicine, reiterated the health system’s three-pronged approach to providing emergency services, behavioral health care and job preservation for employees displaced by OVMC’s closure.

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