Shuttered West Virginia hospital reopens as temporary ER

FAIRMONT, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia University Health System has temporarily reopened portions of a hospital shut down by its former owner.

WVU Medicine held a ceremony Tuesday at Fairmont Medical Center, news outlets reported. The hospital will be WVU Medicine’s temporary home in Marion County until it constructs another facility a couple of miles away within a few years.

Fairmont Medical Center will serve as an emergency department with 12 emergency beds and 10 inpatient beds.

The WVU Health System operates more than a dozen hospitals and is the state’s largest health system.

Former owner Alecto Healthcare closed the medical center in March, saying it had lost $19 million over three years and could not find a suitable buyer. At the time the hospital had more than 600 employees. Alecto also closed hospitals last year in Wheeling, West Virginia, and Martins Ferry, Ohio.