Teaching Hospital Closure DOs displaced from residency after Ohio Valley Medical Center closure On the heels of another hospital closure that displaced about 570 residents, Ohio Valley’s closure will affect about 33 DO residents. Aug. 21, 2019Wednesday Ashley Altus Contact Ashley Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Email Ohio Valley Medical Center is expected to close in 60 to 90 days, displacing roughly 33 DO residents. The community-based hospital in Wheeling, West Virginia, in affiliation with the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine, is home to ACGME-accredited emergency medicine and internal medicine programs plus a combined emergency medicine/internal medicine residency program. Daniel Dunmeyer, president and CEO of the hospital, attributes the closure to a combination of a $37 million loss over two years at Ohio Valley Medical Center and its sister facility, East Ohio Regional Hospital in Martins Ferry, Ohio, plus a failure to find a strategic partner, according to an article in The Intelligencer. ACGME response Because of the closure, ACGME has applied its Extraordinary Circumstances Policy, which is designed to help residents transfer to other GME training facilities. DOs who trained at the hospital are encouraged to contact AOA at email@example.com if they have questions about board eligibility or state licensure. Health care jobs discontinued In addition to the roughly 33 DOs who will be displaced from residency, about 1,200 employees are expected to lose their jobs in the closure, West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice said in a statement. In July, Hahnemann University Hospital, a teaching hospital in Pennsylvania, filed for bankruptcy, which resulted in the displacement of 570 residents and fellows in 35 ACGME-accredited programs. Further reading: Pennsylvania hospital bankruptcy displaces about 570 residents Rural hospital closures increased dramatically in the past 5 years More in Training Psychedelic drugs for mental illness: A brief history and overview Leslie Madrak, DO, presented at OMED23 on the usage of psychedelics such as ketamine and psilocybin mushrooms to treat mental health disorders. OMED23 highlights: Get the lowdown on main stage speakers, specialty tracks and Orlando magic The osteopathic medical profession’s premier education and networking event, OMED, has something for everyone. Virtual access is available through December. Previous articleIn Memoriam: Aug. 19, 2019 Next articleMost and least stressed-out cities 2019: Where does your city rank?