Grant Memorial Hospital (GMH) in Petersburg has signed a letter of intent to join the West Virginia University Health System.
“The location of Grant Memorial Hospital in the base of the Eastern Panhandle makes it a great fit to help us strengthen the care we provide to the residents of that region,” Albert L. Wright, Jr., president and CEO of the WVU Health System, said. “The patients served by Grant Memorial Hospital will see an increase in the services provided locally and easier access to specialty and sub-specialty care at our flagship hospital, J.W. Ruby Memorial Hospital, in Morgantown.”
Grant Memorial Hospital is a not-for-profit critical access facility owned by the Grant County Commission and operated by the Board of Trustees appointed by the Commission. It serves the valley of the Potomac Highlands, which includes citizens of Grant, Hardy, Pendleton, Hampshire, and Mineral counties. It has a combined 25 licensed inpatient beds and is a 501(c)(3) organization. The facility is supported by more than 350 employees and a medical staff of over 15.
“The Board of Trustees of Grant Memorial Hospital is excited to advance our current strong position by collaborating with WVU Medicine to ensure we continue to provide employment and quality patient care to the residents of the Potomac Highlands for many years to come,” Tammy Kesner, Board chair, said. “This relationship provides an opportunity for the organization to grow and offer access to specialty care that isn’t currently available at GMH. We look forward to strengthening our legacy alongside WVU Medicine.”
Scotty Miley, president of the Grant County Commission, said joining the WVU Health System will help to solidify Grant Memorial Hospital’s future for its patients and employees.
“For generations, Grant Memorial Hospital has been the backbone of healthcare for the Potomac Highlands. Each and every day, the hospital employees go above and beyond providing nothing but exceptional care and compassion. As Grant County’s largest employer, the importance of Grant Memorial Hospital extends far beyond our facility,” Miley said. “Over the years, we have all witnessed major changes in healthcare and the regulatory climate. With our hospital joining WVU Medicine, we are able to preserve the importance of Grant Memorial Hospital being in Grant County, grow to meet the changes needed for future success, and expand our level of care and services that are needed for our patients. This is truly a win for everyone.”
The parties anticipate closing to occur in late 2022 upon receipt of all necessary governmental approvals.