CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- West Virginia may be better off building a new public hospital in Raleigh County than repairing the existing building.That's the conclusion Sunday from a legislative review of the Jackie Withrow Hospital.The hospital is one of four state-run long-term care facilities. The audit presented to the Legislature estimates that the necessary repairs and upgrades would approach $27 million. That's more than the total cost of similarly overhauling its three sister facilities.A new hospital, meanwhile, would cost $20 million. The report also said that operating the existing facility costs up to $2 million more annually when compared to the other hospitals.
Auditors showed lawmakers photos of corroded plumbing and crumbling walls and ceilings at the 1930s-era hospital. They also recommended better preventive maintenance for all state-run hospitals.