On July 30, 2020, West Virginia University (WVU) Medicine Reynolds Memorial Hospital opened a new 24-bed Behavioral Health Unit in Glen Dale, West Virginia. The same day WVU Medicine Reynolds Memorial Hospital also unveiled a nine-bed expansion to the hospital’s emergency room.
The 24-bed unit facility in Glen Dale is filling a need left by the closure of the Ohio Valley Medical Center (OVMC). OVMC operated Hillcrest Behavioral Health Services, which was discontinued with the 2019 closure of OVMC and East Ohio Regional Hospital.
In August 2019, Ohio Valley Medical Center announced plans to close Hillcrest Behavioral Health Services and East Ohio Regional Hospital. The two facilities closed by the end of the year. Although several area provider organizations offer outpatient mental health services, crisis stabilization and addiction-related treatment, Hillcrest was the only local facility that operated an inpatient psychiatric unit in the Wheeling area.
This was reported in The Intelligencer, Wheeling News Register on July 30, 2020.
Contact information: David Hess, M.D., President and Chief Executive Officer, West Virginia University Medicine, Reynolds Memorial Hospital, 800 Wheeling Avenue, Glen Dale, West Virginia 26038; 304-845-3211; Website: https://wvumedicine.org/reynolds-memorial/about-us/contact-us/