By Associated Press - Wednesday, April 14, 2021

FAIRMONT, W.Va. (AP) - WVU Hospitals has received regulatory approval to add 32 beds to Fairmont Medical Center.

WVU Hospitals announced the approval from the West Virginia Health Care Authority on Wednesday.

WVU Hospitals opened the emergency department and 10 inpatient beds on June 30 at Fairmont Medical Center. It has since expanded services at the hospital, including cardiology and vascular care, diagnostics and outpatient laboratory testing.

The announcement brings the total number of inpatient beds at the hospital to 42.

“We are continually looking for opportunities to expand the services available at Fairmont Medical Center for the residents of Marion County,” said Albert L. Wright Jr., president and CEO of the West Virginia University Health System. “As the demand for inpatient and outpatient care grows, we will do what we can to ensure that those in the greater Fairmont area receive the care they need close to home.”

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