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Former OVMC Items Being Auctioned Online

Photo by Joselyn King – Auctioneers Jim Frio, left, and Shane Stack of Frio Auction Service stand with a grand piano that remains inside the former Ohio Valley Medical Center building now owned by the city of Wheeling. Items inside the building currently are being auctioned online.

WHEELING — The city of Wheeling now owns about 20 hospital beds and transports, cafeteria and restaurant equipment, and waiting room furniture it doesn’t need.

Also, if anyone is looking for a grand piano the city has one available for sale.

The city has retained Frio Auction Service of Wheeling to auction off items still sitting in the former Ohio Valley Medical Center complex it now owns.

The online auction of 369 individual lots began Thursday, and continues through 10 a.m. on Oct. 12, said auctioneer Jim Frio.

The items can be viewed at frioauctions.com, or at auctionszip.com by entering the name of Frio auctions or OVMC.

The current auction actually is the first of three planned auctions of items inside the OVMC buildings.

While the hospital has sat closed for more than a year, items inside have sat virtually untouched. They look clean, and in many cases are nearly new.

“This is a great opportunity for a restaurant that could use good, clean equipment,” Frio said.

Among the cafeteria and restaurant items up for sale is a Hobart mixer, display cases and an ice cream freezer. There is also a host of restaurant booths in like-new condition, two walk-in coolers and a dishwashing system.

Frio expects the biggest ticket items to be a number of Hill-Rom hospital beds, each valued at about $2,000 each. There are examination room tables being auctioned, as well as a delivery room table.

“We have hundreds of IV poles,” he said.

Many waiting room furniture pieces are available, and most are upholstered in a vinyl-type fabric that can be easily wiped down and sterilized.

Shane Stack, auctioneer and appraiser with Frio Auction Service, said the item that has received the most looks so far online is the former hospital’s grand piano.

So far, the Hamilton piano has had more than 9,000 views, he said.

Those purchasing items at the online auction must pick them up at the former OVMC building between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Oct. 18. The second of the three auctions will start soon after this date, according to Stack.


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