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Mon Health gets state OK to build small-format hospital in Bridgeport to serve Harrison County

MORGANTOWN — Mon Health System has received approval from the state Health Care Authority to build a small-format hospital in Bridgeport to serve the greater Harrison County Community.

Mon Health, part of Vandalia Health, filed a Certificate of Need with the WVHCA in July. It announced the approval on Friday.

Small-format hospitals are accredited by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to offer hospital-based services that include inpatient and outpatient medical beds, diagnostic imaging and lab services, and full-service emergency services — just on a smaller scale than larger hospitals.

Mon Health said the plan will embrace the importance of timely, scalable rural healthcare investments needed in West Virginia. Mon Health Harrison Neighborhood Hospital will have 10 inpatient beds and eight emergency beds.

The new hospital is expected to be a nearly 20,000-square-foot, one-story facility located in Charles Pointe in Bridgeport and in close proximity to the new Bridge Sports Complex and North Central West Virginia Airport.

Mon Health previously said the project cost is estimated at $22.5 million.

“Our commitment to expand access and improve the choice that people have in where they receive their healthcare is our priority,” said David Goldberg, president and CEO of Mon Health System. “We thank the WV Healthcare Authority for its thorough review, analysis, and approval.”

Ed Boyle, chairman of the Mon Health System Board of Directors, said health system leadership is excited to get started on building. “The concept is the ‘right size’ for many of our communities in the state, particularly in North Central West Virginia.”

The hospital will be the second of its kind in the Mon Health System, with Mon Health Marion Neighborhood Hospital opening in White Hall in December 2021.

“Accessibility close to home is a key component of quality care and Mon Health System and its locally based board of community volunteers are pleased to bring this innovation to our state,” Boyle said. “We thank the governor, federal, state, and local delegation members for their support and vision.”

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