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WVU Medicine Right Choice for Wheeling

It’s been in the works for years, but we couldn’t have been more pleased last week than to report on Wheeling Hospital officially becoming part of the WVU Medicine family.

For local residents, that means better access to medical professionals here, in Morgantown and throughout the 17 member-hospitals in the WVU Medicine system.

And for Wheeling Hospital — which previously was owned and managed by the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston — becoming a full member of WVU Medicine brings to an end years of uncertainty that included a $50 million fine from the U.S. Department of Justice over violations of federal anti-kickback rules.

“This marks an important moment and milestone for Wheeling Hospital, the Diocese, and WVU Medicine,” Albert L. Wright Jr., president and CEO of the WVU Health System, said. “I am grateful to Bishop Mark Brennan for the trust he has put in us.

“Our commitment to the people of Wheeling and the surrounding area is to ensure this hospital remains an integral part of the community while remaining true to its core mission, values, and Catholic beliefs. We are excited to have the hospital join our Health System, and we will work hard to ensure it thrives as part of it.”

It’s important to note that Wheeling Hospital always has provided the highest possible level of care to residents of the local area; the affiliation with WVU Medicine will elevate that level of care to excellent.

Wright and his team — which includes Wheeling Hospital CEO Douglass Harrison — deserve a hearty “thank you” for their continued efforts and patience in bringing Wheeling Hospital into the WVU Medicine family. It’s a partnership that will pay dividends to the local area for years to come.

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