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Mon Health, CAMC complete merger into Vandalia Health

MORGANTOWN — Mon Health System and CAMC Health System officially became Vandalia Health at 4 p.m. Wednesday.

CAMC Health System President and CEO Dave Ramsey made the announcement Thursday morning during the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce 2022 Summit.

“We couldn’t be more excited about it,” he said. Small health systems can’t navigate today’s healthcare climate, so systems are getting bigger.

The merger makes Vandalia Health the second-largest non-government employer in the state, he said.

The Vandalia name is a familiar one, he said, stemming from a proposed British colony in the 1700s that covered portions of what are now West Virginia and Kentucky.

The logo, he said, represents a chrysanthemum surrounding a medical cross.

The two systems announced a letter of intent to complete the merger back in April. Ramsey repeated on Thursday what they said then, that the names of the various facilities won’t change.

In a Thursday release announcing the merger, Ramsey, now also president and CEO of Vandalia Health, said, “Today is a special day in West Virginia. … Our decades of high-quality, nationally recognized programs and services are now brought together to continue our efforts to reduce costs, enhance access and improve outcomes for the communities we serve. We will continue our legacy of service and renowned care delivery as a collaborative system of care.”

David Goldberg, Mon Health System president and CEO and executive vice president of Vandalia Health, said, “This is a wonderful day for West Virginia and our organizations. Together, we can offer enhanced care to a broader community than we could independently, made up of the very best providers, clinicians and staff, all focused on the communities we serve, one person at a time. Our cultures and mindset are so similar — built upon programs and services of care second-to-none locally, regionally and nationally.”

Mon Health System operates four hospitals and various primary care and specialty clinics and facilities and employs about 3,800 to 3,900 people. CAMC also operates four hospitals along with primary care and specialty clinics and facilities and employs about 8,300. Vandalia will have a new 15-member board with five from Mon Health and 10 from CAMC.

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