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Hospital Purchase Means Budget Cuts for Bluefield

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BLUEFIELD, W.Va. (WOAY) – Bluefield is facing a massive loss of revenue as Princeton Community Hospital moves forward with their plan to purchase Bluefield Regional Medical Center, but the city is still glad it’s happening.

“By Princeton Hospital coming in and taking over Bluefield Regional Medical Center,  we have saved that hospital,” said Bluefield city manager Dane Rideout. “Anybody can look at the stock market of the organization that owns [BRMC] and see they’re in financial crisis.”

Because Princeton Community Hospital is a non-profit hospital, BRMC will be exempt from taxes. As a result, the city will lose nearly a quarter of a million dollars in their annual budget.

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Kassie Simmons

Kassie Simmons joined the team in January 2019 as a weekend journalist. She graduated from Virginia Tech in just two and a half years with a BA in multimedia journalism. During her short time at Virginia Tech, she served as the editor for the university’s chapter of The Tab. Kassie was named the top reporter for The Tab at Virginia Tech on multiple occasions and made the list for the top 30 reporters for The Tab in the U.S. She also studied theater performance and minored in creative writing. Before coming to WOAY, Kassie interned at WSLS in Roanoke and the Tidewater Review in her hometown of West Point, Va. She has loved following breaking news since her childhood and has a passion for delivering the stories people care most about. Kassie is excited to be working in Southern West Virginia and looks forward to all the adventures ahead of her. You can follow her on Twitter at @KassieLSimmons and like her page on Facebook. If you have a story you think she should check out, send her an email at ksimmons@woay.com.


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