The initial phase of construction is underway for the WVU Medicine Children’s Hospital and Tuesday officials gave WBOY the first ‘virtual look’ inside the new tower.
“We want to go all in on this. We want this to be one of the best pediatrics’ women’s and children’s hospitals in the country,” said Albert Wright, president and CEO of WVU Medicine.
WVU Medicine is one step closer to the completion of its eight story children’s hospital tower.
Wright said, “We are going to build a world class building. We are recruiting world class people to work in it and what those people start to do, and I’m seeing this now. I’m seeing our different sub-specialists create programs of excellence around very very sub-specialized patient populations and sick kids to make sure any child, that lives here in West Virginia or surrounding areas, never has to go any further than Morgantown or our healthcare system to get world class pediatric care.”
WVU Medicine has debuted a virtual tour showcasing the state of the art building .
“Kids come from far away. You know, life has thrown them a curve ball, you want when people enter this facility to breath a sign of relief that they are in the right place,” said Wright.
It will also feature its own lab, cafeteria, operating rooms, pharmacy and intensive-care units.
“We will move all of our labor and delivery services into the children’s hospital, putting people, programs and physical plant together,” Wright said.
The new tower, along with the programs housed within, will cost around $160 million, $60 million of which is to be raised through a capital campaign.
Wright added, “It’s great to see the support of the community for the children’s hospital. Children’s is something that touches everyone and everyone wants to be apart of it. So, it’s exciting to see that campaign go on.”
Construction is scheduled to be complete by December 2020.