The group that controls WVU's Urgent Care is asking a Monongalia County judge to dismiss a lawsuit from Monongalia General Hospital Company challenging the clinic's move.
There are plans to move the clinic from Van Voorhis Road in Morgantown to a new location in the Suncrest Town Center, which is close to Mon General.
Monongalia General Hospital Co. is arguing in the lawsuit that the clinic and its controlling body, University Health Associates (UHA), are public entities, and should be required to share information through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, such as is required to file a Certificate of Need with the Health Care Authority.
Earlier this year, the Health Care Authority ruled that the clinic move is not subject to Certificate of Need review.
In its motion, UHA said this about Mon General's lawsuit:
"This instant Petition is the latest act in Petitioner's longstanding effort to interfere with West Virginia University Medical Corporations' ("WVUMC") status as a private, nonprofit corporation and to impede its mission to assist the faculty of the West Virginia University School of Medicine (the "Medical School") in its charitable, scientific, and educational purposes."
Mon General spokesman Greg Kealey issued this statement in response:
"Mon General believes that all Hospitals in the State of West Virginia should be subject to the same identical set of Certificate of Need Rules. There should not be one set for community hospitals and another set for the bigger public entities such as WVU. Someone should really ask them why they feel WVUMC should be subject to special circumstances that smaller hospitals do not have. They are attempting to gain competitive advantage on the smaller hospitals in the state and this should not be permitted. It is our hope the Monongalia County Circuit Court will hear the case and make a decision."