FAIRMONT, W.Va. (WV News) – Mon Health held a ribbon-cutting for one of its new Marion County facilities Thursday morning, though the outpatient clinic is not scheduled to complete until later this year.
The clinic, which will include on-site point-of-care testing services, with room for future expansion of services such as x-rays, will be installed at I-79 High Technology Park in Fairmont. Mon Health President and CEO David Goldberg said one of the main reasons for the expansion was to give the organization’s existing specialists more space to work.
“They’ve outgrown their space because they have more patients than space allows, so we looked for a bigger space. (Jim, President and CEO of the West Virginia High Technology Foundation) Estep invited me over a year ago and allowed me to visit the park…. And here we are. We were able to say “this makes a lot of sense”. It is accessible from the highway and very visible. …
“It’s easy for people from White Hall, Pleasant Valley and Fairmont to get here. Here we are, we hope it will be easier for our patients with better facility and larger space for doctors to practice their care and be in able to expand “.
Goldberg said the investment in Marion County is important to Mon Health, and the clinic, as well as a small-format hospital opening its doors in Pleasant Valley this fall, are evidence of the health provider’s commitment to The Friendly City and the surrounding area.
“We have been here for four decades,” Goldberg said. “Our doctors, cardiologists and other primary care specialists have served the area for many, many years at the old Fairmont facility and other locations. We are now consolidating to make it easier for patients. One stop shop. We will also expand into the community. …
“People won’t have to travel far for treatment.”
At the ribbon cutting, several Marion County and state officials talked about their excitement about the new clinic. Fairmont Mayor Brad Merrifield recalled the dire straits in Marion County in March when the Fairmont Regional Medical Center closed its doors due to the COVID-19 pandemic that was reaching the area.
Since then, however, WVU Medicine has moved into a section of the old hospital, and by pairing it with the two future Mon Health sites in Marion County, Merrifield has felt relieved and grateful.
“Several months ago, the Chamber of Commerce and several elected officials gathered a group to discuss the situation we were headed into,” Merrifield said. “It didn’t look good, because it wasn’t good. By the grace of God … we have gone from an undesirable situation to one so enlightening and so comforting. There will be no reason to leave the Fairmont area if you are in need of quality healthcare. “
Merrifield’s sentiment was echoed by state senator Roman Precious, D-Marion, who is also a voter on the board of Mon Health Medical Center.
“I’m ecstatic,” Precious said. “When the dilemma occurred and (Fairmont Regional) closed, we immediately met with Gov. Justice. We flew here and evaluated the situation and worked closely in Charleston to get things done. I happened to be on the board of Mon (Health), so I got some insight there. …
“Now, we are looking at a situation where some quality groups are coming in to provide health care and that gives people a choice. An entity cannot provide health care to an entire state. There must be different entities. … Generates competitiveness and keeps healthcare costs low. “
Goldberg is also keen to do an impression in Marion County and said that if all goes as planned, the clinic should be ready for use by the end of this year.
“They are about to start tumbling over the next few days,” Goldberg said. “The shell is here. Now it’s just a matter of getting in. This makes it faster because we don’t have to deal with the elements or the weather inside the building. There is already parking. It’s all flat, so it works pretty well. “
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