WHEELING - Wheeling Hospital plans to purchase the practice of Dr. Vic Wood, founder of Primary Care One, for $1 million.
The hospital is requesting to bypass the West Virginia Health Care Authority's certificate of need process for the development of an ambulatory, or walk-in, health care facility by acquiring Wood's existing practice, located at 24 Homestead Ave., Wheeling. According to a legal advertisement, it will be staffed by three physicians. And apparently Wood will still be one of them.
''I'm not retiring. I can't talk about specifics, but Primary Care One is not going anywhere. ... As far as me being a provider, nothing will change,'' Wood said.
Wood's Primary Care One program offers physician care, laboratory tests, X-rays and medicines at Doctors Urgent Care for a monthly fee.
He often has touted the program as health care - not health insurance. Under the program, patients can visit the practice as often as they want, but the monthly fee does not cover hospital care or hospitalization.
Spokesman Gregg Warren said this is not the first time Wheeling Hospital has purchased a medical practice.
''We're always looking for opportunities to enhance our operation,'' Warren said, noting the hospital had nothing more to add about the plan.
The health care authority is taking comment on the hospital's request to forgo the certificate of need process until Monday. Letters stating the reason for one's opposition can be sent to: Marianne Kapinos, General Counsel, West Virginia Health Care Authority Certificate of Need Program, 100 Dee Drive, Charleston, WV 25311.