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Belmont Community Hospital to Close after 105 Years of Service

February 12, 2019

BELLAIRE -- Belmont Community Hospital (BCH), which has served the area for 105 years, will be permanently closed as of April 5.

BCH, a 99-bed acute care hospital, was acquired by Wheeling Hospital in 1996. BCH employs 93 and Wheeling Hospital will offer positions to those employees within its system where job openings are available.

The six area health centers that operate under BCH will remain open. Those health centers are located in St. Clairsville, Bellaire, Shadyside, Colerain, Bridgeport and Powhatan Point.

Utilization of BCH has continued to decline despite efforts to offer varying services at the facility. The decline has place a financial strain on the BCH that cannot be sustained in the long term.

In addition, population decline, patient needs and the emergence of specialized patient services also have contributed to the decline in demand for services at BCH.

The hospital opened as Bellaire City Hospital in 1914. The first expansion to the facility occurred in 1956 with a final building addition in 1972.

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Contact: Gregg Warren, Vice President - Marketing/Public Relations, 304-243-3260

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