WVU Medicine Children’s Hospital of Morgantown cuts the ribbon on the future | News, Sports, Jobs
MORGANTOWN, WV — Leaders from WVU Medicine and the state of West Virginia gathered on the campus of JW Ruby Memorial Hospital on Saturday to cut the ribbon for the new 150-bed, 215-bed WVU Medicine Children’s Hospital million, marking a historic moment that will revolutionize health care for children and women in the state and region.
“‘Indescribable.’ It’s the word that best captures our collective feelings as we open the doors to the new Children’s Hospital,” said Albert L. Wright, Jr., president and CEO of WVU Health System. is a pivotal time for our organization and for pediatric care in West Virginia, and we are absolutely thrilled to introduce this new, state-of-the-art hospital to the people we serve.”
Plans for the construction of the new children’s hospital were first announced in 2017 in response to the growing demand for primary and specialist services for children and women. With over 17,500 admission and observation cases per year, the four child care units were operating at an average daily capacity of over 70%. Sometimes only one or two available beds were available. The continued escalation of cases has forced Children to grow to care for those in need.
“What excites us most is what our patients will find inside the new hospital: a much larger care team that includes dozens of new pediatric specialists and subspecialists in a variety of disciplines, from pediatric cardiothoracic surgery to pediatric neurosurgery; a world-class pediatric emergency department; the only level IV neonatal intensive care unit in the state; and a world-class birthing center supported by an exceptionally talented team of providers who can handle the most common and complex pregnancies,” said Wright. “Of course, there are many other services, but they will all share a common goal: to take care of our children and make them healthy and whole.”
WVU Medicine Children’s Hospital is one of 25 pediatric hospitals in the United States that is attached to a larger academic medical center. It was built using evidence-based design to create the ultimate healing environment with patient, family and care team spaces in each room. Noise control and room walkways limit disturbances to allow patients to get the rest they need.
The spa-like birthing center was designed to create a soothing environment for expectant mothers. Of its 30 obstetrics wards, seven have a labor bath. The Center includes its own operating rooms for caesareans, with rooms large enough to allow babies to stay in the same room as their mothers. It also includes an infant assessment area and a newborn nursery.
In addition to the Birthing Center, the new WVU Children’s Hospital includes four other Centers of Excellence:
the Center for Blood Disorders and Cancer;
the Critical Care and Trauma Center, which houses the state’s only Level II pediatric trauma center with a Level I adult trauma center;
the Heart Center, home to West Virginia’s only cardiac surgery program and ECMO (extracorporeal membrane oxygenation) program for patients with life-threatening heart and/or lung conditions; and
the Neuroscience Center, which houses the state’s only pediatric epilepsy surveillance unit and pediatric neuroimmunology clinic.
Other features of the hospital include:
17-bed pediatric intensive care unit with four beds for epilepsy monitoring
Six-bed Cardiac Intensive Care Unit
50-bed neonatal intensive care unit with four twin rooms
Advanced Pediatric Imaging
Cardiac catheterization, endoscopy and interventional radiology laboratories
Cafeteria, gift shop, medical office building and pharmacy on site
“WVU Medicine Children’s Hospital is the culmination of the dreams, aspirations, hard work and generosity of many people,” said Wright. “From the countless doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals who helped design it and guide its construction, to the talented and dedicated artisans and technicians who put it together so beautifully, WVU Medicine Children’s Hospital is the collective effort of thousands of people, including an army of generous donors who helped bring our dream to life. Never in my career have I seen a project galvanize and federate so many people.