A proposed sales agreement between Sistersville General and Wheeling Hospital seeks to preserve quality health care in Tyler County.
During a special meeting Monday, council approved a proposal to sell SGH to Wheeling Hospital, who pledged to keep the hospital open. When SGH went on the market in December, it's financial prognosis was grim because of the bureaucratic red tape and the spiraling cost of healthcare that threatens rural hospitals nationwide.
Wheeling Hospital has the resources not only to take over SGH's debts and liabilities, but it offers the potential to enhance healthcare for Tyler County. Because Sistersville is the half-way point between two cities - Wheeling and Parkersburg - SGH is a critical part of the region's medical care.
"Sistersville General Hospital is excited for the opportunity to work with Wheeling Hospital to further enhance the medical services offered in our community. I believe both our organizations share a commitment to building up communities while delivering excellence in healthcare," said Brandon Chadock, interim chief executive officer for SGH.
The agreement will preserve not only the hospital's long legacy of quality care and place in the community, but continue to serve Tyler County's future.