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Fairmont Local Citizen

Fairmont, WV

#1 Sep 1, 2011
There's a rumor that Fairmont General Hospital is "secretly" being sold to WVU and the services that are provided to the community will be diminished. Anyone know the truth about this?
who

Clarksburg, WV

#2 Sep 2, 2011
Fairmont Local Citizen wrote:
There's a rumor that Fairmont General Hospital is "secretly" being sold to WVU and the services that are provided to the community will be diminished. Anyone know the truth about this?
no. theyre selling the health plex. thats all
Another local citizen

Weirton, WV

#3 Sep 2, 2011
I heard there are big layoffs coming because they are losing so much money. Maybe they can focus on getting new doctors to the area instead of running them off.
Fairmont Local Citizen

Fairmont, WV

#4 Sep 2, 2011
It would be a major blow to the Marion County economy and a disservice to the citizens to lose our community hospital. There are those that think we would be better off going to Bridgeport, but think about what it would do to property values in a community without a local hospital. The citizens should fight this to protect our community.
jobs lost

Weirton, WV

#5 Sep 3, 2011
What! There are over 700 jobs that we can ill afford to lose. The new CEO promised a plan that would bring good doctors here and would successfully overcome the loss of federal funding. If WVU takes over we will be forced to go to Bridgeport and many people would be out of work.

Since: Sep 11

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#6 Sep 3, 2011
It would be a shame to see the City Hospital close after all these years. Hopefully a viable solution will be found for everyone, workers and the community.

Since: Sep 11

Fairmont, WV

#7 Sep 4, 2011
Somebody already stated it's the Healthplex they're selling. Not the hospital. Which, all of the hospitals in this area operate under the same rules and regulations. For example, I'm a Pharmacy Technician. If I got hired in Morgantown to work at WVU or Ruby, then I'd get paid the exact same there as I would at FGH. It's just different staff and different locations. I really don't see that hospital disappearing anytime soon. Unless of course aliens carve the land it's on out of the Earth itself and float it away. lol
fgh employee

Salem, WV

#8 Sep 4, 2011
For being one of the only union hospitals in the area, we make better wages at FGH, because of the union, than we would at ruby, mon, or UHC. The hospital is trying everything possible to keep it in the same hands and to turn it's financial situation around. Everyone is working together to provide the best patient care for the Marion county community. FGH is not going anywhere. If things are unable to salvaged, and the sign at the bottom of the hill does end up saying West Virginia Hospitals, at least we will still have jobs and the community still has a local hospital.
Shalkar Rakal wrote:
Somebody already stated it's the Healthplex they're selling. Not the hospital. Which, all of the hospitals in this area operate under the same rules and regulations. For example, I'm a Pharmacy Technician. If I got hired in Morgantown to work at WVU or Ruby, then I'd get paid the exact same there as I would at FGH. It's just different staff and different locations. I really don't see that hospital disappearing anytime soon. Unless of course aliens carve the land it's on out of the Earth itself and float it away. lol
citzen

Fairmont, WV

#9 Sep 6, 2011
it is a plot. the hospital is getting the union to stand behind them to look better. there are palms being greased and the plans are to sell to ruby. it has been coming and no one is wanting to stand up for what is right there buying all the bull because they don't want to believe it but, believe it if someone don't do something soon wvu will own fgh and there has been talk about making it a gero psych hospital. have you not heard about the huge urgent care coming into fairmont and guess what fgh don't own it. better open your eyes or it's gonna be to late. why dont you read the paper a former board member talks about it some and he is a good, honest man.
another fgh employee

Fairmont, WV

#10 Sep 6, 2011
So sorry guys I work at fgh also and i've heard for two years there was shady dealings going on with a ruby buyout and was not in fairmonts best intrest or the staffs.
Michelle

Fairmont, WV

#11 Sep 6, 2011
I would hope if this were true someone would care enough to speak up. I love my job and the people I work with and do feel that we have so many good people that care about there jobs, there community and the people we care for. If there are a few bad may god help us and have mercy on them.
City Dweller

Fairmont, WV

#12 Sep 6, 2011
Its the city of fairmont. WVU will see it too. and probably close it. The city officials make this city a hard place to conduct business at all. Every month they decide to add some new fee or make you put a water seperator or charge for employee tax, or something. I have heard so many bad stories from them I would NEVER do business in fairmont, thats why everyone is bailing out and leaving. They can't understand that!!!
citzen

Fairmont, WV

#13 Sep 6, 2011
I really understand where your coming from but, this is not the city it is the managment team at fgh. Most of them moved here for the position they are in. So they are not from this community and some travel home on weekends. So why are board picking these people for those positions. SOMETHINGS FISHY????
really

Fairmont, WV

#14 Sep 6, 2011
i heard the board of directors contracts work for that hospital
Barry

Clarksburg, WV

#15 Sep 6, 2011
I think that one of the most telling facts is the number of long time, very experienced employees, who have left in the last two years, before they had reached the age where they would have maxed out their retirement. What is causing people to resign from the BOD and as employees of FGH? I think that the letter in the Readers Write today is right on the mark.

If we, as a community and as FGH employees, do not band together somehow to stop the downward slide of the hospital, we will soon be looking for jobs and for another hospital to take care of our medical needs. Does anyone have any ideas how we, not being on the BOD or part of the management team, can have a positive impact on this situation?
Another local citizen

Weirton, WV

#16 Sep 6, 2011
Your right Barry, this community has to band together. That letter in todays paper tells the story and coming from someone who knows the inside scoop. More letters have to be written to the paper like the one today. Get the names of the board members and start calling or writing them. What are they doing? I have also heard board members are getting good contracts from the hospital and if that isn't a conflict of interest then nothing is. Wake up Marion County and get rid of these out of state people who think they can come in and rip us apart. By the way, where is their CEO for comments? Doesn't look like he is ever around when the press is there. I think these employees are being fed a bunch a bull and that letter today should be a eye opener for every employee in that hosptial. Let's start asking questions and demanding answers!
concerned citizen

Fairmont, WV

#17 Sep 6, 2011
I have a feeling that the letter in today's paper is just the tip of the iceberg. I bet this administration is making deals that we don't even know about. Are the workers at FGH afraid to speak up for fear of losing their jobs? They need to stop being intimidated by that guy and start fighting for their jobs! Sounds like they're gonna lose them anyway! And where are our local officials? Why aren't they speaking up? If nothing is done to stop this then Fairmont will lose it's hospital. Why is this man still up there running things? I believe what "Another local citizen" above said....there's deals going on with some of the BOD. Go along with the administration and you're get business contracts. Isn't that illegal? The letter in today's paper is from a reputable, honest man who has been involved in this community for years. He has no reason to make this stuff up.
Looks like he was forced to resign because he wouldn't go along with the administration. Did anyone from the hospital, unions or the employees, try to help him? And I've also heard that the Health Plex is closing because an urgent care is coming in from Morgantown. So again, Fairmont loses one of it's own to another town! If we lose our hospital, we become nothing more than a suburb of Clarksburg and Morgantown. We may as well call ourselves Morganburg! Fairmont will be dead if we lose our hospital. Even if it does become a geriatric psych. hospital, there won't be a need for 700 jobs. Then it'll be too late to speak up.
Fairmont Local Citizen

Fairmont, WV

#18 Sep 6, 2011
This is a story that should not be ignored. These people seem to know what they are talking about. Perhaps a Times West Virginian reporter should investigate the full story and through the Freedom of Information Act, seek the records from WVUH and FGH to see if there is any validity to the allegation that there is a secret deal in the works. The Times West Virginian is obligated to seek the truth as it is the county's only local news source.
concerned citizen

Fairmont, WV

#19 Sep 6, 2011
Fairmont Local Citizen wrote:
This is a story that should not be ignored. These people seem to know what they are talking about. Perhaps a Times West Virginian reporter should investigate the full story and through the Freedom of Information Act, seek the records from WVUH and FGH to see if there is any validity to the allegation that there is a secret deal in the works. The Times West Virginian is obligated to seek the truth as it is the county's only local news source.
The letter today said Andy Knicely got the letter, too! I agree, the Times needs to investigate this. Then there was a "press conference" at the hospital Friday as was reported in Saturday's paper with two employees. Makes you wonder if they (administration) weren't given a heads up about the letter that's in the paper today. Someone had to tell them about it! Could be a weird coincidence. But those letters are sent in and aren't published right away. Just a thought....
WTF

Fairmont, WV

#20 Sep 6, 2011
Fairmont is a suburb, sorry. The hospital has been on a downward spiral for several years. People who love and cherish Fairmont should realize that Fairmont is a "HAS BEEN"...it's over. Yes it sucks that the hospital will likely close, but they did it to themselves...when the new UHC went in, FGH had the opportunity to partner with Ruby, however the "proud" people of Fairmont raised hell over that...didn't want to give up the name (FGH). I doubt WVU would want to take FGH now that they have been operating on a negative budget for so long, seriously who wants to buy someone else's debt?

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