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Mon Health takes first step toward new hospital

Mon Health System will begin construction later this month on a physician office building in Fairmont, a first step toward building the Mon Health Marion Neighborhood Hospital.

“We’re excited to bring care to Fairmont,” said David Goldberg, president and CEO of Mon Health.

The 8,000-square-foot, two-floor office building in the Fairmont Technology Park will house the offices of Marilyn Bonfili, Lisa Flower, Ashley Bainbridge, and cardiologist Paul Alappat.

Construction of the 10-bed, 19,000-square-foot hospital near Fresenius Kidney Care in Pleasant Valley will begin next fall. Besides 10 beds for in-patients, the new hospital will include 10 emergency beds, as well as diagnostic imaging and lab services, and full-service emergency services. The $20 million hospital will not have an operating room, Cath lab or offices.

When the hospital is up and running by the end of 2021, it will be the first small format hospital in West Virginia, several of which already exist in the Greater Pittsburgh area. More than 100 people are expected to work at the facility.

Separately, West Virginia University Medicine opened a portion of Fairmont Regional Medical Center earlier this year as an arm of J.W. Ruby Memorial, its flagship hospital.

WVU Medicine is also planning to build a 25-bed, $35.3 million hospital by its Urgent Care Center at Gateway Connector. That facility is expected to open by the end of 2022.

Fairmont Mayor Brad Merrifield said the city wasn’t sure what it was going to do when the owners of Fairmont Regional Medical Center announced they were going to close the 207-bed hospital last spring.

“I am elated,” Merrifield said. “We have two top-notch companies coming in and we have both ends of the town covered. It’s ideal. We no longer have to go to Morgantown or Clarksburg for treatment. This puts us right into the system.”

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