WVU Hospitals has requested a public hearing on Monongalia General Hospital’s efforts to acquire a cancer treatment machine.

The move may halt the state’s Certificate of Need process. A Certificate of Need must be issued before Mon General can purchase a linear accelerator because of the project’s $7 million purchase price.

WVU Hospitals President and CEO Bruce McClymonds said in a news release that it’s the first time WVUH has requested a hearing on a Certificate of Need for Mon General. He noted there are already five linear accelerators in north-central West Virginia.

Mon General President and CEO Darryl Duncan said the hospital has a solid application for approval, citing funds being provided by the Mon Foundation, recent accreditation from the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer and need in the area.