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Finding Someone To Purchase EORH

The announcement last week that both East Ohio Regional Hospital in Martins Ferry and Ohio Valley Medical Center in Wheeling will be closing was deeply unsettling to people on both sides of the Ohio River. As many as 1,200 people will lose their jobs when the closures are finalized in October.

But the situation with EORH is different. It is the only major health care facility in the riverfront area of Belmont County. Only one other hospital, in Barnesville, serves the area.

Local officials on both sides of the river will do what they can to save their hospitals. In West Virginia, Gov. Jim Justice has pledged the state will help, as much as possible.

Martins Ferry Mayor Robert Krajnyak has said city officials “will be working diligently to get another area hospital to come in and buy” EORH. That will be difficult. Representatives of Alecto Healthcare, the California company that owns EORH and OVMC, have said they sought “partnerships” before making the decision to close.

Health care and economic development officials in Columbus have far more contacts than do Martins Ferry officials. The state, then, should take the lead in searching for someone to take over EORH.

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