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W.Va. medical campus has room to grow

July 11, 2002|by DAVE McMILLION

charlestown@herald-mail.com

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The educational and administration building for a proposed new West Virginia University clinical campus at City Hospital in Martinsburg, W.Va., will be a one-story facility than can easily be expanded, the dean of the school said Wednesday.

If the 15,000-square-foot building needs to be expanded to meet the future needs of the school, it can be expanded outward on a two-acre parcel that City Hospital donated for the school, said Michael F. Friedland, dean of the new school, called WVU Health Sciences Center, Eastern Division.

Friedland said construction of the building could begin as soon as late summer and will take 18 to 20 months to complete.

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The educational building is just one area where learning will take place, Friedland has said.

Third- and fourth-year medical students will also receive training at City Hospital, Jefferson Memorial Hospital in Ranson, W.Va., the Veterans Affairs Medical Center near Martinsburg and Harpers Ferry (W.Va.) Family Practice Center.

The new building at City Hospital will feature several large teaching areas for students, Friedland said.

There will be offices for between five and 12 faculty members and offices for the Health Sciences Technology Academy, an organization that works to open medical education opportunities to economically disadvantaged people and minorities, Friedland said.

Training of students has already started in the WVU Health Sciences Center, Eastern Division. The training will gradually build in size as the new building comes on line, Friedland said.

The facility will be built near the entrance to City Hospital between the Dorothy A. McCormack Center and Dry Run Road, Friedland said.

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