Jackson General Hospital (JGH) in Ripley was officially welcomed into the WVU Medicine family with a celebration on Nov. 12.
Despite chilly temperatures, hundreds braved the cold to take part in the ceremony. Long-time JGH employees raised a WVU Medicine flag and local resident Missy Harbin performed renditions of the national anthem and "(Take Me Home) Country Roads". For a CONNECT photo gallery of the day's events, click here.
JGH became a member of the West Virginia University Health System on Oct. 1.
“We are so glad to officially welcome Jackson General Hospital, its employees, and patients into the WVU Medicine family,” Albert L. Wright, Jr., president and CEO of the WVU Health System, said. “JGH has provided quality care to the people of the mid-Ohio Valley for more than 50 years, and we look forward to strengthening and building upon that legacy.”
JGH, which was founded in 1964, is a 25-bed non-profit critical access hospital that employs more than 300 people. The hospital provides inpatient, outpatient, primary, and emergency care; specialty services, including ophthalmology, orthopaedics, general surgery, urology, and interventional pain; infusion, physical, and respiratory therapies; and imaging and laboratory services.
As part of the transaction, the WVU Health System and Jackson General Hospital will begin planning for a replacement facility for JGH with a goal to begin construction on the new facility as soon as possible after receipt of all required approvals.