MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- The state Health Care Authority has ruled that West Virginia University Hospitals can proceed with plans to purchase the Fairmont Regional Cancer Center, despite objections raised by a competitor. Morgantown's Mon General Hospital had demanded a hearing on the proposed $14 million deal, but the authority ruled last week that it doesn't qualify as an affected party. The authority also granted WVUH the certificate of need required to complete the deal.WVUH President Bruce McClymonds said Wednesday he's pleased with the rulings and believes the cancer center is a good investment in the community.Mon General claimed the purchase reneges on a previous agreement the two hospital systems reached when Mon General was challenging a huge expansion project at WVU Hospitals.
Mon General, which also is battling the proposed relocation of WVU Urgent Care, didn't immediately comment on Wednesday's announcement.McClymonds said he hopes "we can all move forward and work together, without the annoyance and expense of more legal maneuvers on this and other matters.''"We have a responsibility to improve patient care in this community, address the issues of access and overcrowding and provide the best medical care available,'' he said, "and that's what we're intent on doing.''