Fairmont General still fighting Highland plans


CLARKSBURG, W.Va. -- Fairmont General Hospital's continuing battle to stop the opening of a new psychiatric facility in Clarksburg won't be heard by a judge for at least a few more months.Highland Hospital wants to convert the former United Hospital Center into a 150-bed psychiatric facility that would employ nearly 250 people.Fairmont General says it would lose business if Highland proceeds. It recently laid off 20 employees.The state Health Care Authority granted a certificate of need to Highland Hospital in December, and the Office of Judges upheld the ruling in April.
But Fairmont isn't giving up. The Exponent-Telegram reported it now has until July 13 to file its formal appeal in Marion County Circuit Court.Judge David Janes laid out a timeline Thursday that allows for filings by both sides through Aug. 24.
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