KINGWOOD, W.Va. -- Preston Memorial Hospital is joining Mon Health Systems.
Hospital officials tell media outlets that the partnership will improve Preston County residents' access to health care services. It also helps the hospital to secure financing to build a new facility.
Preston Memorial president Melissa Lockwood says it's difficult for a small rural community hospital to compete with larger hospitals. She says joining Mon Health Systems will secure her hospital's financial future.
The new hospital is expected to open in 2015.