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WVU Healthcare Expansion Update
 
Plans for a major WVU Healthcare expansion were announced in January 2012; however, plans were halted when a local hospital requested a public hearing to challenge the expansion.

Mon General Hospital filed as an affected party and requested a hearing nearly two months after WVUH filed a certificate of need application with the state’s Health Care Authority to move forward with the expansion.

The hearing is expected to take place in July in Charleston.

“We have a special responsibility to provide access to the highest quality healthcare to all West Virginians,” said WVUH President and CEO Bruce McClymonds. “The expansion is absolutely necessary to meet the every-increasing demand for our services.”

In 2011, nearly 30,000 patients received care at Ruby Memorial. About 5,000 patients were transferred from other hospitals throughout the state, including Mon General, for specialty care and treatment that is available nowhere else in the region.

“Last year, there were 1,988 hours when we had to delay transfers – the equivalent of 83 days – because our beds were full,” explained McClymonds. “This is occurring at an increasing rate.”

The close to $280 million expansion of WVU Healthcare’s inpatient facilities on its Morgantown campus would include the following:
 
  • A new 10-story tower adjacent to the existing Ruby Memorial. Construction of this tower will allow the addition of approximately 114 new beds and conversion of the last 30 semi-private rooms in the hospital to private rooms.
     
  • Expansion of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in WVU Children’s Hospital.
     
  • Substantial additional adult medical/surgical and intensive care space.
     
  • An expanded Emergency Department.
     
  • Relocation and expansion of both Rosenbaum Family House and the Child Development Center.
     
  • Expanded food service and conference spaces, additional elevators, parking and campus roadways.
“The expansion will mean that all patients who require state-of-the-art and specialty care can get it at WVU Healthcare, without having to leave the state,” said McClymonds. “It will add at least 750 new jobs to the state’s economy. And it will expand the opportunities for WVU students to train in medicine, nursing, pharmacy and dentistry careers in our hospital.

“While our expansion plans have been delayed, we’re optimistic that everything will work out,” McClymonds continued. “This is a state issue. We’re out of beds and out of space. We need to grow so that we can meet the healthcare needs of the men, women and children we serve.”

Click here for more details on WVU Healthcare’s proposed expansion.


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