State Rep. Jack Cera (D-Bellaire) today provided an update on the proposed closing of the East Ohio Regional Hospital (EORH) in Martins Ferry, Ohio. Rep. Cera has contacted the governor’s office and state agencies concerning the impact that closing of the hospital would have on access to health care, care for the elderly and the economy of the area.

“I fully understand the importance of EORH to our community and the need to keep this health facility open,” said Rep. Cera. “After the recent closure of the hospital in Bellaire, it is clear that closing EORH would have a tremendous negative impact on the Ohio Valley. I will continue to make myself available to help facilitate conversations with state agencies, officials and other parties in the efforts to keep the hospital open.”

Rep. Cera has also held conversations with Mayor Bob Krajnyak of Martins Ferry and other city officials, offering his assistance in the efforts to keep EORH operational, and his office has reached out to the Department of Medicaid and the Department of Health about the issue.

“Unfortunately, Ohio has witnessed several hospital closings in rural and urban areas throughout the state. We need to review our policies and laws dealing with hospitals to try to stop this trend, as preserving access to health care and hospital services—especially in rural areas—should be a priority issue for all of us,” added Rep. Cera.

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