Fairmont Regional closure opens the door for WVU

FAIRMONT, W.Va. – By the end of the week Fairmont Regional Hospital will close temporarily for about 30-days. Marion County Delegate Mike Caputo says the closure will allow WVU to get into position to begin delivering care.

“Replace some equipment, get the place in shape from what I understand,”Caputo said,”For WVU to come in and start operating the emergency room with limited beds.”

That limited bed facility will be operated until the new WVU 100-bed hospital opens near the interstate.

Caputo appreciates the efforts his fellow lawmakers and Governor Justice.

“Delegate Angelucci, Longstreth and I met with the Marion County Chamber of Commerce and we really pushed hard, the governor saw the need and got involved,”Caputo said,”Hopefully, Marion County will continue to have good health care.”

Caputo says after the last few months they’re glad to solutions instead of problems.

“I’m just tickled to death there’s going to be a good modern hospital in Fairmont that could create 500 to 700 jobs in Marion County,”Caputo said,”But, more importantly to continue the continuity of health care.”

Caputo says WVU Medicine and Mon Health coming to the community is a good thing, but people are sad to lose the Fairmont Regional Hospital.

“It’s bittersweet too, this hospital has been around since the early 1900’s and has employed thousands of people and has given quality medical care to thousands of people for the last 100 years,”Caputo said,”It’s kind of sad to see it close.”

Aletco is no longer admitting patients and is relocating patients that are currently in the facility.