11/09/2005

MEDIA ADVISORY   

WVU Hospitals to Hold Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony

for Ruby Expansion Completion               

WHAT:          

Officials from West Virginia University, along with West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin III, will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrating the completion of Ruby Memorial Hospital’s expansion. Media are invited to accompany Gov. Manchin as he tours the hospital’s new facilities  following the ceremony.

WHEN:            

1-3 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 16

WHERE:            

Ruby Memorial Hospital

WHO:            

Bruce McClymonds, president, WVU Hospitals

Robert M. D’Alessandri, M.D., WVU vice president for health sciences

David C. Hardesty Jr., president, West Virginia University

WV Governor Joe Manchin III

WHY:            

West Virginia Unversity Hospitals is caring for more patients every year, and on most days Ruby Memorial Hospital is near or at full capacity. To better serve the needs of the men, women and children in north-central West Virginia and the surrounding region, additional hospital space was created. The $75-million-dollar expansion project includes the construction of an eight-story tower at the northeast corner of the hospital, behind the Rosenbaum Family House, and the expansion of several of the narrower upper floors of the current structure to the full size of the lower floors. The North and Northeast additions to the hospital will add nearly 180,000 square feet of patient care and support space, including 81 beds and four operating rooms. The North Addition will house 51,100 square feet of operating rooms and support space, while the Northeast Tower will provide 128,200 square feet of intensive care units, skilled nursing, acute care and support space.

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For more information:
Bill Case, HSC News Service, (304) 293-7087
casew@rcbhsc.wvu.edu
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