Jackson General Hospital a step closer to being part of WVU Health System

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (WTAP) - Jackson General Hospital in Ripley is one step closer to becoming a member of the West Virginia University Health System.

The West Virginia Health Care Authority approved WVU Hospitals’ Certificate of Need application to acquire the hospital on March 28.

Jackson General entered into a management agreement with WVU Hospitals on Sept. 1 after signing a letter of intent to join the WVU Health System earlier this year.

WVU Hospitals then requested the certificate to acquire the hospital.

“We appreciate the West Virginia Health Care Authority’s approval of our (certificate of need) application and are looking forward to fully bringing Jackson General Hospital, its employees and patients into the WVU Medicine family,” Albert L. Wright, Jr., president and CEO of the WVU Health System, said. “As the academic medical center of the state’s land-grant university, we have an obligation to ensuring that people all over West Virginia have access to high quality healthcare close to their homes. By bringing Jackson General Hospital into our system, we are committed to doing just that for patients in the Mid-Ohio Valley.”

Jackson General, which was founded in 1964, is a 25-bed nonprofit critical-access hospital that employs more than 300 people. The hospital provides inpatient, outpatient, primary, and emergency care; specialty services, including ophthalmology, orthopaedics, general surgery, urology, and interventional pain; infusion, physical, and respiratory therapies; and imaging and laboratory services.

“We are pleased the West Virginia Health Care Authority supported our community’s desire to join the WVU Health System,” Stephanie McCoy, president and CEO of Jackson General,said. “The management arrangement has been such a positive experience, and we are excited for next steps toward becoming a full member of the WVU Health System.”

The West Virginia University Health System, the state’s largest health system and largest private employer, is made up of nine hospitals – its flagship hospital, J.W. Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown; Berkeley Medical Center in Martinsburg; Braxton County Memorial Hospital in Gassaway; Camden Clark Medical Center in Parkersburg; Jefferson Medical Center in Ranson; Potomac Valley Hospital in Keyser; Reynolds Memorial Hospital in Glen Dale; St. Joseph’s Hospital in Buckhannon; and United Hospital Center in Bridgeport.

It also provides management services to Summersville Regional Medical Center in Summersville, Wetzel County Hospital in New Martinsville and Garrett Regional Medical Center in Oakland, Maryland.

The WVU Health System also includes five institutes – the WVU Cancer Institute, the WVU Critical Care and Trauma Institute, the WVU Eye Institute, the WVU Heart and Vascular Institute and the WVU Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute.