West Virginia University Health System plans another hospital acquisition

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Jackson General first entered into a a management agreement with West Virginia University Hospitals on Sept. 1 and signed a letter of intent earlier this year to become part of the system. (Getty/Natee Meepian)

West Virginia University Health System plans to acquire another hospital in the state after regulators gave the deal the OK.

Jackson General first entered into a management agreement with WVU Hospitals on Sept. 1 and signed a letter of intent earlier this year to become part of the system. A regulatory body gave the health system a certificate of need granting permission for the deal, the health system said in a release.

It would be the fifth hospital to be acquired by the health system in two years, WVMetroNews reported.

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"As the academic medical center of the state’s land-grant university, we have an obligation to ensuring that people all over West Virginia have access toh igh-qualityy healthcare close to their homes," Albert Wright Jr., president and CEO of the WVU Health System, said in a statement. "By bringing Jackson General Hospital into our system, we are committed to doing just that for patients in the mid-Ohio Valley.”

WVU Hospitals is the state’s largest health system and largest private employer with nine hospitals, including its flagship site, J.W. Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown, and its five institutes including the WVU Cancer Institute and the WVU Critical Care and Trauma Institute. It also provides management services to three additional medical centers in the state.

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