Wood Co. judge OK’s settlement of W.Va. hospital workers’ suit OK’d

PARKERSBURG (AP) — A Wood County judge has approved a $4.7 million settlement in a class-action lawsuit brought by former workers at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Parkersburg over the loss of accumulated sick leave benefits.

Circuit Judge Robert Waters approved the settlement Thursday to be paid to 626 employees.

The Parkersburg News and Sentinel reports nine people who opted out of the lawsuit against the hospital’s former parent company Signature Hospital Corp. also will be paid their accumulated sick leave.

Signature sold St. Joseph to West Virginia United Health System, which merged the hospital with Camden-Clark Memorial in 2011 to form one regional medical center.

– compiled from Spirit staff reports

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