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W.Va. hospital opens expanded, renovated emergency department

August 19, 2010
  • Nearly 100 invited guests gathered Thursday at the emergency department entrance of West Virginia University Hospitals-East's Jefferson Memorial Hospital to celebrate the official opening of the expanded and renovated emergency department.
Kevin G. Gilbert, Staff Photographer

RANSON, W.Va. - Nearly 100 invited guests gathered Thursday at the emergency department entrance of West Virginia University Hospitals-East's Jefferson Memorial Hospital to celebrate the official opening of the expanded and renovated emergency department.

Hospital leaders offered tours of the 6,000-square-foot addition following the ribbon cutting ceremony, which was co-hosted by the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce.

Jefferson Memorial Hospital's new emergency department features 16 private rooms, including a 4 bed minor care treatment area. It also has a decontamination room, emergency operations command center, new ambulance entrance and ample patient parking.

"A new emergency department at Jefferson Memorial Hospital is long overdue," Dr. Christina Coad, chief administrative officer, said in a news release. "Our community deserves it, our patients deserve it and our employees deserve it."

Jefferson Memorial Hospital currently averages 22,000 patient visits per year and the new design will accommodate up to 30,000 patients annually. "The new emergency department will allow for growth in ED patients until our new hospital is built," Coad said.

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The expansion and renovation project, which was launched last November, also includes a redesigned radiology suite adjacent to the emergency department. As part of the radiology renovations, a new 64-slice CT scanner was also recently installed.

"We are all very excited to have this wonderful addition to our building," Coad stated, adding, "It provides us with the space and technology to better serve the growing health needs of our community."

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