It appears to me that the West Virginia Health Care Authority is prejudiced against Fairmont General Hospital. First they allow UHC to build a new hospital too close to Marion County, then they allow a new hearing for Highland when we thought that had all been finalized. UHC is trying to take Marion County patients. They send me literature in the mail all the time inviting me to use their services and listing the doctors that they have stolen.
My question is, why is the state Health Care Authority doing this and why is it permitted? Of course, it is too late to move UHC further away, but isn't it time to rein them in?
Learn more about preventing suicide
Suicide is a national health problem that takes an enormous toll on families, friends, co-workers, schools and communities. Every minute of every day, someone attempts to take their own life and every 14.6 minutes someone dies by suicide. Though suicide attempts are not reported, it is estimated that close to 1 million people make a suicide attempt each year. In West Virginia the second leading cause of death in the age group 15 to 24 is suicide. We need to break the silence about the stigma of suicide and raise awareness within our communities.
On Nov. 19 the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention will broadcast its 13th annual International Survivors of Suicide Day program to assist those bereaved by suicide. Messages For Hope with South Park Presbyterian Church will host a conference with healing programs, special speakers, and sharing sessions. All who have been touched by suicide loss are welcome. To learn more, please visit www.messagesforhope.com.