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Elective Surgeries May Resume, Finances At Rural Hospitals Still Threatened By COVID-19

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — On Wednesday, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine signaled that restrictions on elective medical procedures may ease soon. Still, it may take time for hospitals to catch up financially.  Amy Acton, Director of the Ohio Department of Health, ordered all hospitals to postpone elective surgeries and medical procedures in March. This measure was… Read More

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Manual on Allocating Scarce Resources Circulating Among Ohio Hospitals

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The Ohio Hospital Association has sent out its guidelines for allocating scarce resources, detailing what medical staff should do if they don’t have the equipment they need to treat patients with COVID-19. The Ohio Hospital Association’s guidelines are now circulating among its members and the group is taking input. Gov. Mike… Read More

A caregiver tests a patient for coronavirus at University Hospitals, Monday, March 16, 2020, in Mayfield Heights, Ohio.

Hospitals Banned from Sending COVID-19 Tests to Private Labs

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WOSU) — Ohio Department of Health director Amy Acton signed an order Wednesday that bans hospitals from sending COVID-19 tests to private labs. Gov. Mike DeWine announced the order at his daily coronavirus press conference Wednesday. “Beginning today, when Dr. Acton signs this, you will be required to send this to another hospital that… Read More

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Another West Virginia Hospital Announces Cutbacks

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – Gov. Jim Justice says he’s starting to form a rural medicine task force after cutbacks were announced at yet another West Virginia hospital. The governor on Wednesday said Pleasant Valley Hospital in Point Pleasant is cutting 53 full-time jobs and shuttering obstetric services. He said he met with key health care… Read More

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Ohio Hospitals Investing More in Community Programs

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An analysis found that hospitals around Ohio invested more than $6 billion in community issues. These are programs that take health and wellness outside the walls of a hospital. The Ohio Hospital Association says the increased spending on community benefit programs shows there’s a need for hospitals to invest more in preventative efforts and other… Read More

Ohio Valley Medical Center in Wheeling, West Virginia.

1,079 to Lose Jobs When West Virginia, Ohio Hospitals Close

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WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) – Notices filed in West Virginia and Ohio reveal that 1,079 workers will lose their jobs when two hospitals are closed this fall. Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification filings indicate 736 workers will lose their jobs at Ohio Valley Medical Center in Wheeling, West Virginia, and 343 more will lose their jobs… Read More

Ohio Valley Medical Center in Wheeling, West Virginia.

CEO: Hospitals in Ohio and W.Va. Closing After $37M Loss

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WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) – Heavy financial losses are forcing the closure of two rural hospitals, one in West Virginia and one in Ohio. The Intelligencer reports the hospitals’ President and CEO Daniel C. Dunmyer said in a statement on Wednesday that Ohio Valley Medical Center in Wheeling, West Virginia and East Ohio Regional Hospital in… Read More

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Country Closures: Rural Communities Adapt As More Hospitals Shut Down

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Carey Ellis grew up just a few houses away from the Owen County Hospital in Owenton, Kentucky, so he knows the essential role a rural hospital plays in a small town. Ellis is Judge Executive of Owen County, a job his grandfather and great-grandfather had before him. So he also knows how hard it is… Read More

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Union: Hospital Workers in Ky., W.Va. Ratify 3-Year Contract

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HARLAN, Ky. (AP) – A union says hospital workers in Kentucky and West Virginia have approved a three-year contract. WYMT-TV reports the United Steelworkers union announced the ratification of the contract with Appalachian Regional Healthcare. The contract covers 2,200 workers at nine nonprofit hospitals in eastern Kentucky and southern West Virginia. The agreement reached last… Read More