WVU Hospitals expanding with $280 million project
WVU Hospitals announced its new project at a press conference Friday.
January 13, 2012 ·
West Virginia University Hospitals is expanding in Morgantown. It's a $280 million project that’s expected to create 750 jobs.
It will take four years to complete a new tower at Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown.
The tower will expand the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, the Emergency Department and the Jon Michael Moore Trauma Center.
Bruce McClymonds is the President and CEO of WVU Hospitals.
“We think it’s being done to advance our mission at WVU,” he said.
“Our mission is to improve the quality of health care we deliver, and to attain the next level of performance as an organization,” he said, “we think to fail to do this would be to abdicate our responsibility within the state of West Virginia.”
More than 700 new jobs will be created. These positions include nurses and faculty physicians.
Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and WVU President James Clements also attended the press conference.
“Seven hundred fifty new jobs, good-paying jobs with benefits, this is just another feather in our cap, showing that we are expanding,” Gov. Tomblin said.
“We’ve talked a lot about the mineral and gas industries, but this is another area where West Virginia continues to move forward, and that’s in health care.”
The expansion will be subject to a Certificate of Need approval by the West Virginia Health Care Authority.
Money for the project is coming from WVU Hospitals, Inc.