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New medical center opens

March 07, 2011|By RICHARD F. BELISLE | richardb@herald-mail.com
  • Peg Nau shows a women's exam room Monday at the new West Virginia University Health Science Center in Ranson, W.Va., where she is the clinical manager. The building was formally opened Monday with a brief ribbon-cutting ceremony.
By Kevin G. Gilbert/Staff Photographer

RANSON, W.Va. — — A new West Virginia University Health Science Center opened Monday across the street from Jefferson Memorial Hospital with a simple ribbon cutting and little fanfare.

The only local official present at the ceremony was Ranson Mayor David Hamill.

When everyone is in place, the 7,200-square-foot center at 203 E. 4th St. will house 10 physicians and their staffs, said Dr. Konrad C. Nau, associate dean of the center.  

The new Ranson and existing Charleston, W.Va., branches, and the main facility on the WVU Hospital campus make up the system’s Health Sciences Center.

The single-floor building has 16 patient exam rooms, plus training facilities for medical, dental, pharmaceutical and nursing residency students.

The WVU Women’s Health Center and the University Medical and Surgical Associates are moving into the building. It will also house Dr. Russell DeGroote’s orthopedic and sports-medicine practice.

Nau said the new facility will allow the center to expand its multispecialty ambulatory capacity into a state-of-the-art women’s health clinic. Three-fourths of the building’s space is dedicated to physicians’ offices.

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“This modern new facility represents the continued commitment of WVU to expand much-needed medical services for the citizens of Jefferson County,” Dr. C.H. Mitch Jacques, associate vice president for health services, said in a press release.

The center cost $1.6 million to build.

WVU administrators are looking for land in the county to build a replacement facility for Jefferson Memorial Hospital, officials said.

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