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Ground broken for new medical office building in Ranson

September 23, 2010
  • Ground was broken Thursday for a new medical office building in Ranson, W.Va. Participating in the ceremony are, left to right, Ranson Mayor David Hamill; Jeff Boehm and Scott Kimble of The Shockey Companies; Tina Coad, chief administrative officer of Jefferson Memorial Hospital; Dr. C.H. Mitch Jacques, associate vice president for health sciences dean, Eastern Division; Dr. Konrad C. Nau, associate dean & chair, Department of Family Medicine, Eastern Division; Aaron Henry, associate vice president for operations & finance, University Health Associates; Jay Bonfili, vice president for administration, University Health Associates; and Heather Morgan, Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce.
Yvette May, Staff Photographer

RANSON, W.Va. -- West Virginia University Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center Eastern Division broke ground Thursday for a medical office building on South Preston Street in Ranson.

The 7,200-square-foot building with 16 to 18 exam rooms will be across the street from the main entrance to WVUH-East Jefferson Memorial Hospital, according to a news release from WVU Hospitals-East.

The building will house two existing medical practices, WVU Maternity and Women's Health Center, and University Medical and Surgical Associates. The two practices currently have six physicians and a midwife conducting approximately 9,000 patient visits per year. In the new, larger, facility, 3 or 4 physicians might be added and the number of patient visits might double within several years.

Dr. Konrad C. Nau, associate dean for the WVU Health Sciences Center Eastern Division, said the facility will have ample, modern exam rooms, and several in-office procedure suites will provide minor surgical procedures and biopsies, ultrasound, urodynamic studies and minimally invasive gynecology procedures. "As a healthcare organization, this center will provide new opportunities for synergy and collaboration between primary care, general surgery, and OB/GYN services for our patients," Nau said.

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WVU Maternity and Women's Health Center and University Medical and Surgical Associates are currently housed in space leased from Jefferson Memorial Hospital. The hospital is seeking to expand its radiology services into the space currently used by the WVU Maternity and Women's Health Center.

The new building is estimated to cost $1.5 million and be finished in March.

The general contractor on the project is Howard Shockey & Sons.

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