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Source: US State of West Virginia

In mid-February, prior ownership of the facility – which was known as Fairmont Regional Medical Center – announced plans to permanently close the hospital within 60 days.

Later that same day, Gov. Justice pledged to do everything in his power to ensure the continued operation of a community hospital in Fairmont.

“When it boils right down to it, we have to have our community hospitals,” Gov. Justice said on Thursday. “This is the only hospital in Marion County. For the people of Fairmont, which is our seventh-largest city in West Virginia, to not have a hospital was unacceptable.”

Within two days, Gov. Justice held a meeting with hospital administrators, doctors, and other staff members to discuss financial challenges and evaluate options. After that, the Governor immediately began meeting with local officials and leaders with WVU to discuss potential solutions.