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UHA asks judge to dismiss Mon General lawsuit

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- Mon General Hospital says it hopes a judge will hear its lawsuit against the companies that operate West Virginia University Urgent Care.

The Dominion Post says WVU Medical Corp. has asked a Monongalia County Circuit Court judge to dismiss the case that grew from a dispute over the urgent care's proposed relocation.

Mon General spokesman Greg Kealey says the fight is actually about whether University Health Associates is a public entity, and therefore subject to public-records laws and the state Health Care Authority's certificate of need process.

UHA says it's a private institution, and the authority recently reaffirmed that.

But Mon General contends UHA is controlled directly by WVU Hospitals, and allowing it to ignore the certificate of need system gives UHA an unfair advantage over smaller competitors.


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