The West Virginia Supreme Court by a 3-1 vote rejected a request that it block HCA, Nashville, from selling its Putnam General Hospital, Hurricane, W.Va., to LifePoint Hospitals. Lawyers representing alleged victims in a malpractice case against a doctor who formerly practiced at Putnam asked the court to intervene. The lawyers were in a hearing and could not be contacted. According to the Associated Press, the lawyers alleged that HCA was selling to protect itself from the mounting claims against the doctor. HCA spokesman Jeff Prescott said the sale had nothing to do with the suit. The company is selling Putnam along with three other West Virginia hospitals and one in Virginia to LifePoint for $285 million. The sales are expected to be completed by early next year. -- by Tony Fong
W.Va. high court declines to intervene in HCA sale
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