UPDATE (3/18/2020 4:50 p.m.):

FAIRMONT, W.Va. — The administration of Alecto and Fairmont Regional Medical Center has released a statement with details of its closure of the hospital in Fairmont.

The statement, in its entirety, follows.

“In support of and in conjunction with Governor Justice’s and WVU Medicine’s announcement on March 13, 2020, that WVU Medicine would be building a new hospital in Marion County over the next 24 months, and that until that time, WVU Medicine would operate an emergency department and acute beds at the current FRMC location while it builds the new hospital and after a brief period of closure, FRMC will be closing its operations and there will be no patient care services offered at the hospital as of 5:00 p.m. on March 19, 2020.

“FRMC has been working to complete the previously announced winding down of patient care operations over the last several weeks so that patients can, if necessary, be safely transferred to other facilities and to allow for an orderly and previously planned closure process so that WVU Medicine can begin its work.

“FRMC will be providing additional information about access to medical records in the coming days. Patients can rest assured that all medical records are secured and will be maintained.

“Questions about WVU Medicine’s plans or employment with WVU Medicine in Fairmont or elsewhere should be directed to WVU Medicine.”

Alecto Healthcare

UPDATE (3/18/2020 4:08 p.m.):

FAIRMONT, W.Va. — Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., has responded to Fairmont Regional Medical Center’s closure and how it will affect the community during the novel coronavirus pandemic.

In a statement, Manchin says, “I am imploring our state government and medical officials to keep medical centers like FRMC open during the outbreak. These facilities are going to be essential to helping provide the necessary healthcare to everyone affected by this deadly virus.

“West Virginia has the most at-risk population in the country — an older population, a population that has done heavy lifting and jobs that have resulted in respiratory concerns and ailments,” Manchin continues. “This pandemic will take a horrific toll on the population of West Virginia if we’re not careful with what we do.

“… [R]ight now, we have a situation where we may not have enough capacity in our medical facilities to care for people when they become sick. We must keep FRMC and other medical facilities open,” Manchin said. 

UPDATE (3/18/2020 1:40 p.m.):

FAIRMONT, W.Va. — Fairmont Regional Medical Center will close Thursday at 5 p.m., officials said.

According to Michael Angelucci, who is both a House of Delegates member for Marion County and an administrator for the Marion County Rescue Squad, he received word from Fairmont Regional Medical Center CEO Bob Adcock that the emergency room would stop accepting patients as of 5 p.m. on Thursday.

Emergency room employees will remain until 7 p.m. to tend to patients until they can be transported to another facility, but after that time, the hospital will no longer be accepting patients, Angelucci said.

The Marion County Rescue Squad has already begun preparations for Fairmont Regional Medical Center’s closure on Thursday. Beginning at noon that day, unless a patient has a life-threatening issue, EMS workers will begin transportation to other facilities, according to Angelucci.

Also, according to Angelucci, Alecto — Fairmont Regional Medical Center’s owner — has been slow with communication and has yet to inform other counties and EMS agencies of the hospital’s planned closure Thursday.

Multiple attempts to contact Adcock, Alecto’s CEO Lex Reddy or Alecto’s legal representation have not been returned.

ORIGINAL (3/16/2020 4:04 p.m.):

FAIRMONT, W.Va. — Fairmont Regional Medical Center is expected to close by the end of the week, officials said Monday.

According to Michael Angelucci, who is both a House of Delegates member for Marion County and an administrator for the Marion County Rescue Squad, he spoke with Fairmont Regional Medical Center’s CEO Bob Adcock, who told him that the hospital was expected to close “by the end of the week,” but Adcock would not give a date.

Angelucci was also told by Adcock that the current census at the hospital was 25 patients,and that they were anticipating transporting all of those patients to separate facilities as soon as they could.

With that large number of patients requiring transport, Angelucci said that the Marion County Rescue Squad might be overworked in moving so many at one time. Angelucci also stated that the rescue squad’s transport numbers have been up since the announcement of Fairmont Regional Medical Center’s closure.

Since the announcement, EMS workers with Marion County’s medical transportation services have been encouraged to transport patients to facilities other than Fairmont Regional Medical Center due to the hospital’s impending closure, Angelucci said.

These changes have resulted in increased transportation numbers due to longer travel times to other facilities, as well as Fairmont Regional Medical Center sometimes not accepting patients, according to Angelucci, and, once the hospital shuts down, he said they will be increasing crew size and number of ambulances to make up for the increased number or transports and transport time.

Angelucci also stated that Alecto, the current owner of Fairmont Regional Medical Center, has been terrible with communicating an exact date for the closure of the hospital ever since the company gave notice of its closure. He also said that he has sent a letter to Alecto’s administrators regarding Fairmont Regional Medical Center’s employees not receiving matches to their 401k contributions, and also urging the company to pay out employees’ PTO.

Calls to Adcock and Alecto’s CEO, Lex Reddy, have not been returned.

FRMC announced the impending closure in February.

Meanwhile, both WVU Medicine and Gov. Jim Justice have announced plans to keep operating FRMC until WVU’s new hospital can be built. Mon Health System also announced plans for a “small format” hospital in the Fairmont area.