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Nearly 550 employees to be affected by hospital closure

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Published: Feb. 18, 2020 at 2:03 PM EST
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Nearly 550 employees potentially are affected by Fairmont Regional Medical Center downsizing, the Marion County Chamber of Commerce president says.

On Tuesday, the hospital handed out 60-day WARN notices that it would start downsizing and departments would close.

Marion County Chamber of Commerce President Tina Shaw said she got a call from the hospital’s CEO about the WARN notices.

Shaw said the downsizing and departments closing will be a 60-day process.

The hospital is owned by Alecto Healthcare which is based in California. The company had two other hospitals in the region -- Wheeling and East Ohio Regional – both of which have since closed. The next closest hospital is United Hospital Center in Bridgeport.

According to the Associated Press, a letter sent to employees cites unsuccessful efforts to find a buyer or new source of financing.

Recent closings and layoffs have prompted West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice to form a task force to address keeping hospitals open.

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