Public comment period begins on Huntington hospital merger

By Kyla Asbury | Apr 11, 2016


CHARLESTON – West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey has announced the beginning of the public comment period regarding the proposed merger between two Huntington hospitals.

Morrisey and the Health Care Authority received an application for approval of a cooperative agreement for Cabell Huntington Hospital’s acquisition of St. Mary’s Medical Center.

Pursuant to Senate Bill 597, written comments regarding the application may be submitted to Assistant Attorney General Douglas L. Davis, P.O. Box 1789, Charleston, WV 25326. All comments must be received no later than April 18, 2016.

Interested parties may obtain a copy of the application by going to http://1.usa.gov/1WiWo9W or by contacting Paula Price at 304-558-8986 or 800-368-8808.

At the close of the public comment period, the Attorney General’s Office will review all submissions in conjunction with the Health Care Authority.

Cabell Huntington, a teaching hospital affiliated with Marshall University, submitted its application for the certificate of approval March 25. It remains under review with consultation between the Attorney General’s Office and Health Care Authority regarding merits of the merger. The offices have 75 days to make a decision.

Morrisey said the announcement of a public comment period would be the next step in the process.

To gain final approval, he must agree the merger’s likely benefits outweigh the likely disadvantages from reduced competition.

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