Morgantown, W.Va. – The Mon Health System hosted the grand opening of its new Mon Health Marion neighborhood hospital in Marion County on Friday.
In addition to local and state dignitaries and community providers, US Senator Joe Manchin III, DW.Va. and US Secretary of Health and Human Resources Xavier Becerra were on hand to applaud Mon Health’s commitment to improving community access to care that goes against the national trend of closing rural hospitals .
“From the start, the people of White Hall and the Marion County community have welcomed us with open arms, and we cannot express strongly enough how grateful we are for the overwhelming support,” said David Goldberg, President and CEO of Mon Health System. “There is a clear desire in this region for more high quality, patient-centered health care options, and we are confident that when our hospital opens it will exceed your expectations in every respect. “
Goldberg noted that Mon Health has served families in north central West Virginia for 100 years and has built a reputation for treating patients like family with speed, compassion, and expertise.
“As the region’s largest community hospital system, Mon Health believes this is the kind of innovation that will advance health services for the future,” said Goldberg. “We are proud to continue the tradition of community hospitals by expanding hospital services in Marion County, providing high quality care to citizens when and where they need it. “
Senator Joe Manchin III said the delivery of health services in rural areas of the country has declined and thanked Mon Health for its investment in the community. He also congratulated everyone involved in establishing the hospital while noting his part in allocating $ 8 billion in federal funding to rural areas of the country such as West Virginia to invest in health care. .
US Secretary of Health and Human Services Becerra echoed Manchin’s remarks and spoke of the triumph of opening a small-scale hospital in a rural community over the current year and benefits that this has for the community.
“There are 10 beds here that you know you can use,” Becerra said. “When your child gets sick, you know you can come here without having to travel miles to get to a place like this. “
The Mon Health Marion neighborhood hospital is what is called a small-format hospital, that is, it offers a lower number of beds than a traditional hospital, but still provides high-level services such as than a 24-hour emergency care unit, overnight hospital services. , on-site diagnostic and imaging tests, laboratory services and 10 inpatient beds. Located at Middletown Commons in White Hall, the Mon Health Marion Neighborhood Hospital will officially open to the community on December 14.
To learn more about the Mon Health Marion Neighborhood Hospital, visit MonHealthMarion.com.