Cabell Huntington Hospital

Cabell-Huntington Hospital
Cabell-Huntington Hospital

None of the 18 letters sent to the West Virginia Attorney General's office recently were in favor of a proposal to merge two Huntington hospitals.

News outlets report that during the 10-day comment period, which ended April 18, all of the comments, including one from the Federal Trade Commission, expressed concerns over Cabell Huntington Hospital's proposed acquisition of St. Mary's Medical Center.

Cabell-Huntington Hospital
Cabell-Huntington Hospital

  The public can comment on Cabell Huntington Hospital's proposed acquisition of St. Mary's Medical Center.

Attorney General Patrick Morrisey says the public comment period runs through April 18. The attorney general's office will review the comments in conjunction with the state Health Care Authority.

Patrick Morrisey, W. Va. Attorney General
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West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey today outlined the next steps involved in the proposed merger between Cabell Huntington Hospital and St. Mary’s Hospital in Huntington

The merger was announced in August 2014. Morrisey said he will defend and enforce the recently passed Senate Bill 597 governing mergers, against any challenge made by the Federal Trade Commission.

www.stmarysdoc.com/ / St. Mary's Medical Center

Cabell Huntington Hospital wants to buy St. Mary’s Medical Center. The Herald-Dispatch reports that the West Virginia Health Care Authority has granted a certificate of need, meaning the authority deems the combination of the two Huntington hospitals is needed and consistent with the state's health care goals.
The two hospitals separately are the largest employers in Huntington, with nearly 5,000 employees between them. They are also each among the top ten largest employers in the state.

On this West Virginia Morning, Kara Lofton brings us an update on the merger between Cabell Huntington Hospital and St. Mary's Medical Center. We'll also hear from a farmer from Ohio who is speaking out about GMO labeling for food in America.


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  Six hospitals in West Virginia will have their federal Medicare payments cut this fiscal year as part of government penalties for having too many patient complications.

Federal numbers show the hospitals are among about 725 around the country that will have their payments reduced by 1 percent under the Hospital-Acquired Condition Reduction Program.

The total reduction in spending because of the program is estimated at about $373 million for fiscal year 2015.

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Cabell Huntington Hospital and St. Mary’s will soon work together in Huntington.

Cabell Huntington Hospital and the Pallotine Sisters who control the St. Mary’s Medical center have signed an agreement that transfers control of St. Mary’s to Cabell Huntington Hospital.

Both hospitals say the hope is that by working together they will be able to provide more affordable healthcare to the region..

Now that an agreement has been reached, the hospitals will wait for the Federal Trade Commission to review the competitive implications of the transaction.

Clark Davis

  

Lily’s Place was created to care for addicted babies in Huntington and now it’s going to finally open its doors.

The facility will care for babies born with neonatal abstinence syndrome, meaning the they’re born addicted to drugs because of their mothers.

Lily’s Place officials and state dignitaries were on hand Wednesday as they cut the ribbon and officially opened the doors for babies to be welcomed.

Cabell Huntington Hospital is exploring an acquisition of St. Mary's Medical Center.

Cabell Huntington said Tuesday in a news release that it is discussing a potential acquisition with Pallottine Health Services, Inc., which operates St. Mary's.

Both hospitals are located in Huntington. St. Mary's has 393 beds and is the largest private employer in Cabell County. Cabell Huntington has 303 beds.

Cabell Huntington and Pallottine Health Services say they believe a merger would improve the delivery of health care services.

Alzheimer's Association

A training conference has been scheduled in Huntington for relatives and caregivers of Alzheimer's patients and individuals with dementia.

The conference is set for Thursday at Cabell Huntington Hospital.
 
It includes a series of workshops aimed at enhancing the quality of patient care and support. Topics include legal and financial considerations, and safety and preparedness.

Exercise advocates in the Huntington area are hoping to take advantage of the popularity of health related events this summer.

  Several groups in Huntington have decided the next step in the area’s continued focus on health consciousness should be the designation of a summer day to celebrate fitness.

So the United Way, Huntington YMCA, Cabell Huntington Hospital, St. Mary’s Hospital, the City of Huntington and the Cabell County Commission have worked together to create the first United Day of Fitness – scheduled in June.