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Hospital merger to allow telehealth expansion

GRANTSVILLE — Minnie Hamilton Health System has affiliated with Mon Health System with a goal of increasing health care access in Calhoun and Gilmer counties.

On May 1, Mon Health began working with Minnie Hamilton to “advance the depth of needed specialty care, initially including gastroenterology, urology, women’s health and surgery,” a press release from Mon Health said.

Through these efforts, Minnie Hamilton’s telehealth network will expand, allowing for video consultations with medical specialists.

Minnie Hamilton will continue to be independent with oversight from a local board of directors and management team.

The agreement will help the health system continue to serve the community by using its strengths, Steven Whited, Minnie Hamilton CEO, said.

“Minnie Hamilton Health System is a center for superb regional healthcare. We have continuously collaborated with regional hospitals and the health systems to serve our patients and communities from a large geographic area,” Whited said. “When community health systems like Mon Health work collaboratively with us, it allows us to do what we do best.”

Mon Health has been nationally recognized for its work with robotic surgery, heart care and gynecology.

Two Mon Health hospitals were the only ones in West Virginia awarded an “A” grade for patient safety this year and Mon Health Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital was named a top 100 Safety Net Hospital by the Lown Institute.

“We are building on each other’s strengths to assure the best medical care backed by Mon Health’s nationally recognized care and specialists,” Mon Health CEO David Goldberg said. “Mon Health is proud to work collaboratively and create alliances to maintain a strong network of hometown top-quality hospitals that have a legacy of serving communities with distinction.”

Candice Black can be reached at cblack@newsandsentinel.com.

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