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W.Va. authority blocks sale of Williamson hospital

WILLIAMSON, W.Va. — The West Virginia Health Care Authority (WVHCA) has denied the purchase of Williamson Memorial Hospital (WMH) by Appalachian Regional Healthcare (ARH). That decision was released on Friday.

“We are disappointed with the West Virginia Health Care Authority’s decision, and are currently exploring options for any further action in the matter,” said Tim Hatfield, Community CEO at the Tug Valley ARH Regional Medical Center.

“The Mingo County Redevelopment Authority is elated with this ruling. Our objective was to protect the invaluable jobs at Williamson Memorial Hospital and to secure the provision of affordable, quality healthcare for the residents of Mingo County,” said Executive Director Leasha Johnson. “This decision by the Health Care Authority allows both, and we’re grateful for the representation by our legal team which facilitated such an important decision.”

The ruling stated that Williamson Memorial Hospital (WMH) will not be accessible to the medically underserved population for at least two reasons…

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