HUNTINGTON, West Virginia — Cabell Huntington Hospital Inc. is exploring an acquisition of St. Mary's Medical Center.
Cabell Huntington said Tuesday in a news release that it is discussing a potential acquisition with Pallottine Health Services, Inc., which operates St. Mary's.
Both hospitals are located in Huntington. St. Mary's has 393 beds and is the largest private employer in Cabell County. Cabell Huntington has 303 beds.
Cabell Huntington and Pallottine Health Services say they believe a merger would improve the delivery of health care services.
St. Mary's CEO Michael Sellards says in the release that the Pallotine Missionary Sisters have decided to end their sponsorship of the hospital. He attributes the decision to a changing health care climate and fewer sisters to oversee the organization's health care ministries.