Attorney General Morrisey Clears Path for Hospital Merger

Updated 2 years ago by WV Attorney General Patrick Morrisey
CHARLESTON — West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, after an independent review of pertinent facts, concurred with the state Health Care Authority’s decision to grant a certificate of approval sought by Cabell Huntington Hospital.

The certificate awards the state’s approval in the proposed merger of Cabell Huntington Hospital and St. Mary’s Medical Center in Huntington.
Cabell Huntington Hospital, a teaching hospital affiliated with Marshall University, previously entered into an antitrust agreement with the Attorney General’s Office in July 2015. That agreement, amended months later, resolved concerns about the merger’s impact.
“The conduct of Cabell Huntington, post-acquisition, will be further regulated by the Authority and the Attorney General’s Office indefinitely,” Attorney General Morrisey wrote in a letter addressed to Health Care Authority leaders. “Any disadvantage of this agreement will be more than outweighed by the advantages and benefits to the State and the healthcare of its citizens.”
In April, the Attorney General committed himself to defend and enforce a new state law governing mergers, Senate Bill 597, against any challenge by the Federal Trade Commission.
SB 597 made the proposed merger immune from federal and state antitrust laws, as long as it received the certificate of approval, which is granted with Wednesday’s announcement.
The Attorney General’s Office and Health Care Authority had 75 days to make a decision.
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