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Editorial: Loss of mental health services critical in W.Va.

From The Wheeling News-Register

The situation regarding Ohio Valley Medical Center is no longer just an emergency. It is a looming crisis.

News that acute care and emergency medical services at OVMC were being suspended Wednesday came as quite a shock. California-based Alecto Healthcare had projected OVMC would close in early October.

Wheeling Hospital and other health care facilities in our area may be able to handle the increased emergency and acute care load resulting from Alecto’s surprise announcement. Behavioral health is a different story.

Concern over inpatient mental health care — available in Wheeling exclusively through OVMC — already was substantial. The possibility those services could be eliminated sooner than early October is alarming. …

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