CHARLESTON, W.Va.--Charleston Area Medical Center's Teays Valley branch will become the system's fourth hospital following board members' adoption of a merger agreement.
CAMC's board of trustees and board of directors approved the agreement and plan of merger in Wednesday's meeting.
David L. Ramsey, CAMC's president and chief executive officer, said this merger isn't a huge change. He explained that instead of it being a separate company under the CAMC umbrella, it will just become the fourth hospital in the system.
"It's almost technical -- it's frankly for simplification, instead of having a separate corporation for Teays Valley and CAMC," Ramsey said. "It just takes out the complexity and expense of maintaining separate entities."
The documents board members approved set the course for merger, Ramsey explained, but the merger itself ideally will take place March 1.
Teays Valley's board voted in October to pursue the merger and will be asked to approve the resolution in its Thursday board meeting.
Ramsey said officials haven't decided how to move forward with Teays Valley's board. Steven Smith, chairman of Teays Valley's board, has agreed to serve on the CAMC board.
He said officials will be flexible and it's possible Teays Valley's board could have an advisory role.