Other workers are represented by SEIU Local 550, but Mock couldn't immediately say how many are covered under that contract.
Health benefits and pensions are among the company's key concerns, Mock said, and negotiations with the two unions will begin Sept. 10. Fairmont General must change benefits to be competitive with other area hospitals, including West Virginia University and Mon General, she said.
"We will not negotiate anything that's unfair," Mock said. "... We're looking forward to friendly negotiations."
Fairmont General says many independent hospitals are forging alliances, and at least 45 have been publicly announced so far this year.
"We are taking our future into our own hands and ensuring the future of our hospital," Marquardt said. "We are fortunate to be able to make the partnership decision from a position of greater strength than even a year ago."
Acute-care discharges at the 207-bed hospital are up nearly 12 percent over this time last year, he said, and net patient revenue is up $5 million over last year.
Fairmont General said patients and vendors will see no change during the reorganization, which is expected to take about 12 months."This decision to file for bankruptcy was not reached overnight," said board Chairman J. Michael Martin, "and the process won't be completed overnight, either."