St. Mary's Medical Center

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.

Pallottine Foundation

The Pallottine Missionary Sisters have announced the creation of the Pallottine Foundation of Buckhannon. This new foundation will serve healthcare related needs of the community in Barbour, Lewis, Randolph, Upshur, and Webster counties through its annual grant award process.

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.

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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.

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Historically, hospital mergers have meant higher healthcare costs for patients. So when Cabell-Huntington Hospital announced it would buy St. Mary's Medical Center over a year ago, a federal consumer protection agency stepped in to prevent the consolidation. Now, West Virginia legislation that made it to Governor Earl Ray Tomblin’ desk Saturday could remove barriers to the merger and set a precedent for hospitals in similar standoffs around the country.

Cabell-Huntington Hospital
Cabell-Huntington Hospital

Federal regulators say a Huntington hospital's planned takeover of another hospital would likely lead to higher costs to patients and lower quality of care.

The Federal Trade Commission announced a challenge Friday to Cabell Huntington Hospital Inc.'s proposed takeover of St. Mary's Medical Center in Huntington.

Cabell-Huntington Hospital
Cabell-Huntington Hospital

 Cabell-Huntington Hospital is one step closer to acquiring St. Mary’s Medical Center. An antitrust agreement filed by Attorney General Patrick Morrisey’s office establishes a series of conditions for the acquisition.

At a news conference Friday, Morrisey said the agreement ensures the merger follows state and federal law while also providing access to affordable health care in the area through economic competition.

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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.

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.

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.