W.Va. governor says he’s moving to help shuttering hospital

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice says he’s asked his administration to see what it can do to prevent the closure of Ohio Valley Medical Center in Wheeling. (Source: AP)
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice says he’s asked his administration to see what it can do to prevent the closure of Ohio Valley Medical Center in Wheeling.

The Republican governor issued a statement Thursday evening saying that saving the hospital’s jobs must be a top priority.

The Ohio Valley Medical Center and the East Ohio Regional Hospital in Martins Ferry, Ohio released a statement Wednesday saying that they would close within two to three months.

The statement said the hospitals have lost more than $37 million in the last two years due to declining volume and reimbursements.

The planned closures also come after an unsuccessful search for a buyer.