POINT PLEASANT, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Pleasant Valley Hospital in Mason County has announced plans for layoffs and the closure of a department.
Pleasant Valley Hospital in Mason County has announced plans for layoffs and the closure of a department, affecting more than 50 jobs.
According to a news release Wednesday, PVH will discontinue obstetric services, effective Friday, Feb. 28.
The release also says that the hospital will "reduce" 53 positions.
The majority of positions will be affected by not filling 25 currently vacant positions. Savings will also be accomplished through reducing part-time hours, retiring employees and attrition.
According to the hospital, 25 employees will be displaced.
The hospital says part of the decision was based on the increasing median age of women in Mason and surrounding counties.
"Fewer women are of childbearing age, and that trend is projected to further decrease over the coming years," the release said.
The release goes on to say, "The operational improvement plan also calls for the closure of the neurology practice and several other steps designed to generate funds to build out and strengthen other services."
Gov. Jim Justice released the following statement regarding the cutbacks: “This announcement today from Pleasant Valley Hospital is very unfortunate. I have instructed my Department of Health and Human Resources Secretary Bill Crouch to remain in contact with Mountain Health leadership and to offer any support that we can during this tough time.
“The road that led us to what we have seen in recent months – community hospitals across our state shrinking or closing altogether – started a long time ago. But now it’s our responsibility to look under every rock for solutions.
“Today, I met with many key stakeholders in West Virginia’s healthcare industry to begin the process of forming the Rural Medicine Task Force. This group will be essential as we work together to find ways to stop the closure of our community hospitals.
“This is one of my highest priorities as Governor. No matter where you live, every single West Virginian deserves to have access to quality hospital and emergency care services.”
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