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Justice Vetoes Legislation to Sell State Hospital in Beckley


Gov. Jim Justice says he’ll veto legislation to sell Jackie Withrow Hospital in Beckley, saying the sale of state medical facilities must be part of a comprehensive plan.

According to the governor’s office, West Virginia needs to rehabilitate many of the seven facilities for patients.

Justice says the state shouldn’t deal with just one when health department officials need the capability to implement a comprehensive strategy evaluating needs across West Virginia.

He says he wants lawmakers to adopt the department’s full plan to revitalize facilities.

The former Pinecrest Hospital, Withrow provides long-term care. It was established in 1930.

Department of Health and Human Resources Secretary Bill Crouch says the state loses millions of dollars annually operating the facilities and he’ll submit a plan to replace them all.