On June 4, seven current and former WVU Medicine Children’s patients grabbed a shovel and a hard hat to turn some dirt at a ceremonial groundbreaking for a $150-million hospital that will revolutionize the care of women and children in West Virginia and the region.
Hundreds turned out for the event, which featured these speakers:
- Albert L. Wright, Jr., president and CEO, WVU Medicine-West Virginia University Health System
- J. Philip Saul, MD, executive vice president for WVU Medicine Children’s
- Dana Holgorsen, WVU football coach and co-chair of the WVU Medicine Children’s capital campaign (read a press release about the campaign)
- Gordon Gee, WVU president and chair of the WVU Medicine-West Virginia University Health System Board of Directors
“This is our moment,” Dr. Saul said. “We’re already the center for specialty care to high-risk mothers, premature infants, and children with life-threatening conditions through adolescent to adulthood. The need for our services is growing at such a rapid pace that the creation of this hospital is a must.”
The 155-bed, eight-story facility is scheduled to be completed in 2020. The tower will include:
- Entry, registration, administration, and building services
- Diagnostic imaging and a laboratory
- Two connections to the Southeast Tower (the WVU Heart and Vascular Institute)
- Operating rooms, cardiac catheterization, and endoscopy facilities
- A 25-bed Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) and sedation unit
- A 61-bed Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
- A 39-bed pediatric acute care unit
- A 30-bed obstetrical unit with potential for expansion
- A medical office building, including Pediatric subspecialty and Maternal-Fetal Medicine clinics
All of the inpatient rooms will be private, except for 11 NICU rooms for twins. The tower will also include inpatient and outpatient pharmacy facilities and a cafeteria.
“As spectacular as the building will be, it won’t compare to the miracles that will happen inside,” Holgorsen said.
The West Virginia Health Care Authority approved a Certificate of Need for the project last month.
The construction of WVU Medicine’s new parking garage on Willowdale Road will cause some street closures and traffic delays in June and July.
Orthopaedic surgeons at WVU Medicine are now offering a procedure for the treatment of full thickness cartilage defects of the knee.
Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield West Virginia and WVU Medicine announce agreement on multi-year contract
Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield West Virginia (Highmark West Virginia) and WVU Medicine today (June 5) announced a long-term contract with WVU Medicine doctors and hospitals that will ensure access for all Blue Cross Blue Shield members in West Virginia. The contract encompasses all WVU Medicine facilities and WVU Medicine primary and specialist care practice sites across the state, as well as future facility or physician acquisitions.