Fairmont (W.Va.) General Hospital has asked the state to conduct a public hearing on two neighboring hospitals' building projects that are expected to cost a total of nearly $350 million. The projects could compete in the eyes of state regulators with Fairmont's plans for a $75 million replacement hospital. Triad Hospitals, Dallas, has agreed to lease 199-bed Fairmont while building the replacement hospital if state approval can be won. West Virginia University Hospitals, Morgantown, said in a news release that the hearing process could delay its $75 million expansion project by at least six months. Fairmont also wants a public hearing on the $265.2 million replacement hospital proposed by United Hospital Center, Clarksburg, which is governed by the same corporate board as the university hospitals. Graham said 207-bed Monongalia General Hospital, Morgantown, also has requested a hearing; Monongalia officials were not immediately available for comment. Fairmont is located between Clarksburg and Morgantown. -- by Vince Galloro
W.Va. CON fight brews
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