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Hospital plans receive support at auxiliary luncheon

The CEO of Jeffeson memorial Hospital provided more details of the plan for a new facility.

The CEO of Jeffeson memorial Hospital provided more details of the plan for a new facility.

December 17, 2002|by DAVE McMILLION

charlestown@herald-mail.com

RANSON, W.Va. - A Jefferson Memorial Hospital auxiliary member gave the hospital's plan to build a new facility a boost Monday.

Raleigh Donley said a new hospital is going to be needed to help Jefferson Memorial serve a growing population in coming years.

Donley, a member of the Jefferson Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, made his comments during the auxiliary's Christmas luncheon Monday afternoon.

Donley said when he was growing up in Prince George's County, Md., it looked just like Jefferson County does today, primarily an agricultural area.

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Donley said when he visits Prince George's County today, he can hardly find his way around because it has grown so much.

Donley said each time he returns, there is some sort of new road system.

"This is how Jefferson County will be in 50 years. It will be wall-to-wall," Donley said.

Donley said people who are thinking that Jefferson County can be kept rural are "dreaming."

Jefferson Memorial Hospital CEO John Sherwood said last week that hospital officials have decided to pursue building a new hospital to meet the needs of the growing community.

Sherwood has said a new facility is needed because the current hospital has space limitations and parts of its layout are not conducive to efficient operations.

Building a new hospital, which Sherwood said could cost upwards of $60 million, was considered along with renovating the existing hospital or building a new hospital at the hospital's current site at 300 S. Preston St., Sherwood said.

The latter two options appeared to be too costly, Sherwood said.

Sherwood said the hospital needs between 30 and 50 acres for a new hospital.

Although no specific sites were mentioned, Sherwood told auxiliary members Monday that hospital officials are thinking they would like to find a site in the area near the Charles Town Wal-Mart and the Charles Town Bypass.

Sherwood suggested the possibility of someone donating land for the hospital. He mentioned the idea given the fact that Greenvest L.C., the Vienna, Va., firm that is building the 3,300 Huntfield development south of Charles Town, is working on a plan to donate about 60 acres to the Jefferson County Board of Education for a second high school.

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