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Morgan commission discusses hospital plan

December 17, 2005|By Trish Rudder

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. -

War Memorial Hospital administrator John Borg met with the Morgan County Commission on Friday afternoon in a closed meeting to discuss procedures "and the money behind it," he said, regarding the new hospital property purchase.

Commissioner Tommy Swaim called for an executive session "for the purpose of the property purchase." Borg said no decisions would be made in the executive session.

Lyn Goodwin, the hospital's community relations director, said previously that hospital officials are looking at property for the new hospital in the vicinity of U.S. Silica Co., north of Berkeley Springs on U.S. 522.

The hospital needs between 50 and 75 acres of land for the new hospital, a medical office building for physicians, a wellness center and parking, Goodwin has said.

U.S. Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., recently secured $500,000 in federal funds for highway improvements and an access road that will connect the new hospital with U.S. 522. The money is included in legislation signed by President Bush on Nov. 30.

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Capito said in a Dec. 8 press release that the funding "will help construct an access road for the new War Memorial Hospital, moving the project closer to completion."

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