Mon Health offers preview of ‘small format’ facility

WHITE HALL, W.Va. — The new “small format” Mon Marion Neighborhood Hospital held an open house for the public on Monday, in which staff also welcomed U.S. Sen Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va.

The $15 million facility was built in just about one year and has 10 in-patient beds, eight emergency room beds, radiology, lab services, a pharmacy and has the ability to perform some outpatient procedures.

Mon Health President and CEO David Goldberg said the concept brings a wide range of services to the community at a fraction of the cost of a traditional hospital.

“We’re able to bring in, in a very affordable manner, hospital-based care with a full service emergency room to the community,” he said. “I think it’s a wonderful testament. This model has to be part of an integrated delivery system like Mon Health and we’re thrilled to be the first ones to bring this West Virginia.”

“You just look around and you see growth, you see expansion of not just restaurants and facilities and growth of population,” Capito said. “That’s why I’m excited to see the Mon Marion Neighborhood Hospital here.”

Dr. Christopher Edwards, chief administrative officer at Mon Marion Neighborhood Hospital, said workers at the hospital are fully cross-trained to keep patient care moving. He noted patients should not have long wait times for treatment, lab results or X-ray reviews.

“Our nursing can help our radiology, our radiology can help nursing, our lab vice versa doing the same thing,” Edwards said. “It’s an absolute team approach to the patient.”

The new facility not only updates health care infrastructure but also keeps the investment low while providing quality care for residents; the age of the former Fairmont Regional Medical Center was a substantial concern when officials considered reopening the facility after the closure by Alecto Healthcare Services in early 2020.

Capito said the small format, low-capital investment option could be a template for care delivery in other rural areas of the country.

“There are only so many dollars in the federal pot,” she said. “There are a lot of people on Medicare, a lot of people on Medicaid and a lot of people have access issues. If something like this is a deliverable in smaller areas I think it’s something we ought to look to replicate.”

The Mon Marion Neighborhood Neighborhood Hospital will officially open on Dec. 14.

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