Acuity Specialty Hospital plans for facility at Wheeling Hospital

WHEELING – The West Virginia Health Care Authority has issued a certificate of need to Acuity Specialty Hospital-Ohio Valley, based in Steubenville, for the development of a 13-bed long-term acute care hospital within Wheeling Hospital.

The proposed expansion into Wheeling Hospital would cost $1.3 million.

Health Care Authority Chairman James Pitrolo said Acuity Specialty Hospital’s application, “was to move beds presently in the system into West Virginia.”

West Virginia regulations require health care providers to obtain a certificate of need prior to adding or expanding health care services such as that being sought by Acuity.

Belmont Community Hospital in Bellaire, a division of Wheeling Hospital, houses the Wheeling area’s first long-term acute care facility, Acuity Specialty Hospital-Belmont. The care facility also is owned and operated by Acuity Specialty Hospitals-Ohio Valley.

“Acuity will be offered at both locations,” said Wheeling Hospital spokesman Gregg Warren, regarding whether the Bellaire facility will be affected by the addition to Wheeling Hospital.

The hospital plans to release further details about the project at a later date.