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Records available for EORH, OVMC patients

MARTINS FERRY — Former East Ohio Regional Hospital patients can still gain access to their medical records there.

Spokesman Michael Garrison said last week that with the anticipated reopening of the facility, the hospital has “secured access” to the records of former patients of both EORH and Ohio Valley Medical Center in Wheeling.

“It is extremely important to our mission to serve the local community in the Ohio Valley — and making sure that the former patients of both hospitals have access to their medical records is a big part of fulfilling this mission,” said EORH Chief Operating Officer Bernie Albertini. “We look forward to welcoming back our former patients from both EORH and OVMC in the very near future.”

Both EORH and OVMC were previously operated by Alecto Healthcare Services of Irvine, California, which shut down both facilities in 2019. Last May, it was announced that Dayton, Ohio-based psychiatrist Dr. John Johnson had purchased EORH with the intention of reopening it as a hospital again. The OVMC property has since been purchased by the city of Wheeling.

Both properties were owned by Medical Properties Trust of Alabama.

Johnson, who owns and operates EORH’s parent company, East Ohio Hospital LLC, decided not to contract out the job of keeping the records.

“While it may have been more cost-effective to contract with a different provider for our electronic medical records, it was imperative that we allow our patients and their doctors to have access to their complete medical records. We are very pleased to make this a reality,” he said.

Garrison said in a previous report that they expect to open the hospital sometime this month. Some final regulatory reviews with federal and state officials must take place first.

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