MVH Established 45 Years Ago

(June 30, 2017 - Carroll Township, Pa.)

Forty-five years ago, Monongahela Valley Hospital (MVH) was established on July 1, 1972 when Charleroi-Monessen Hospital and Monongahela Memorial Hospital ratified a charter to merge.

Initial efforts to consolidate the hospitals began in 1969. At that time, each facility did not meet the needs of the community and the requirements of modern medical practice. In addition, landlocked structures allowed no room for expansion. Duplication of work force, facilities and services had become a costly burden. There was a critical need for a total community health care effort, not only to care for the sick, but also to encourage good health practices and preventive medicine.

Consolidation bylaws, articles of consolidation and a joint plan of consolidation were unanimously approved by both boards and ratified by the two hospital associations. The new Monongahela Valley Hospital was established when the Pennsylvania Department of Welfare approved consolidation of the hospitals to be effective on July 1, 1972. Ground was broken in Carroll Township for construction of the new Monongahela Valley Hospital on May 17, 1976. The new facility was officially dedicated on September 24, 1978.

MVH will celebrate its 40th anniversary in 2018.

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