West Virginia Healthcare Authority

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A legislative audit released earlier this year encouraged lawmaker to get rid of the state’s certificate of need process. A Certificate of Need is essentially approval from the state to open a new hospital, clinic or health related facility. Senators have introduced bills to get rid of the process, but delegates are trying to save it.

An aerial view of downtown Parkersburg.
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The West Virginia Healthcare Authority has blocked an Ohio hospital's bid to establish an ambulatory care facility in Parkersburg.

The Parkersburg News and Sentinel reports the authority recently denied the Certificate of Need application from Marietta Memorial Hospital in Marietta, Ohio, and MHC Physicians Inc.