MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – WVU Medicine has announced the new Children’s Hospital will officially open on Sept. 29.
The Morgantown facility has been years in the making. The nine-story, 150-bed facility is still under construction next to the J-W Ruby Memorial Hospital.
The new WVU Medicine Children’s Hospital will include:
- Private inpatient rooms
- Dedicated pediatric emergency department
- Spa-like Birthing Center
- Pediatric Intensive Care Unit
- Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
- Operating rooms and cardiac catheterization, interventional radiology and endoscopy facilities
- Heart Center
- Blood Disorder and Cancer Center
- Maternal-Fetal Medicine Clinic
- On-site pharmacy, cafeteria, gift shop and family resource center
The project has been more than 3 years in the making which included some difficulties along the way.
“We’re adding 500 new jobs to this children’s hospital, and we’ve hired a lot of the team and their onboarding and that’s certainly something. The place is amazing but it’s the people that will make the difference,” Amy Bush, WVU Medicine Children’s Hospital COO said.
Fundraising for the $200 Million new hospital was also a challenge for her team.
“Our donors around West Virginia and all over the country have just not stopped, it stays atop a mind. When the world sort of shuts down and we want people to know that we’re still on this journey and were going to meet our goal and were going to this for the kids of West Virginia region and just people didn’t take their foot off the gas pedal,” Bush said.
The old areas in the J.W. Ruby Memorial hospital that was housing the children’s areas will be turned into adult in-patient spaces once they complete the move in September.
Even with work still underway, WVU Medicine Children’s Hospital was recently named the Best Children’s Hospital in West Virginia by the U.S News & World Report.
The opening date was announced through a video on the hospital’s YouTube channel with the caption:
“WVU Medicine Children’s focus is to improve the lives of newborns, children, teens, young adults, and women throughout West Virginia and the region, delivering hope and healing along the way. The new WVU Medicine Children’s Hospital furthers our mission of building healthier futures for children as we continue to stand as a beacon of hope for the people of West Virginia and beyond. WVUKids.com”