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Senate advances bill to sell Jackie Withrow Hospital


The Register-Herald

CHARLESTON, W.Va.  — A bill calling for the sale of Jackie Withrow Hospital in Beckley is up for vote today in the Senate.

Lawmakers advanced House Bill 2366 to third reading Thursday, after approving an amendment that calls for a new 90-bed facility to be built.

 The bill requires the secretary of the Department of Health and Human Resources to sell the state-run, long-term care facility and its land and to transfer patients to an area facility.

It also directs the DHHR secretary to create a plan to minimize the effects on the facility’s 120 employees. A benefit package will be created for all those who are laid off, employed by a successor company or retire as a result of the divestment.

It also creates a special revenue account, the Jackie Withrow Long Term Care Facility Development Fund, which will hold any revenue or sales proceeds.

The bill passed the House last week in a 58-41 vote.

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