BECKLEY, W.Va. — Officials of HOPE Pain Clinic in Beaver responded Wednesday to a recent order by West Virginia Department of Health and Human Services that the Beaver clinic must be closed by May 15.
The order was issued following a surprise visit from the Office of Health Facility Licensure and Certification (OHFLAC) revealed violations of more recent state requirements for physician training and education, according to OHFLAC director Jolynn Marra.
OHFLAC officials had also closed a HOPE clinic in Charleston in March following inspections.
HOPE officials released the statement Wednesday via George Manahan, CEO of the Charleston public relations firm The Manahan Group.
“HOPE Clinic has been thrust to the forefront of the news recently because of a series of actions by state and federal agencies,” read the statement. “Unfortunately, these actions have the potential to create a perception about HOPE Clinic that does not accurately reflect its core values or operations.
“HOPE Clinic is a pain management clinic that provides important, compassionate and necessary care to a segment of society that has essentially been abandoned by modern medicine: law-abiding chronic pain patients.
“Primarily, HOPE Clinic treats patients, through licensed medical providers, for chronic pain,” the statement read. “Our patients suffer from constant pain and discomfort, which impact their ability to function…