MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — Phase One of an $11 million expansion of City Hospital's emergency department that will nearly double the number of beds was marked Thursday with a promise that the new facility would be dedicated to "the community, not to administrators or doctors."
Anthony P. Zelenka, chief administrative officer for West Virginia University Hospitals-East's City Hospital, told a crowd of nearly 100 that when the second phase, the renovation of the existing emergency department, is finished in October, the number of beds will increase to about 40. The department currently has 27 beds.
When completed, the expansion will bring the total square feet of emergency care facilities to 28,000. It also will increase the department's ability to handle up to 65,000 patient visits a year, up from the current 45,000, Zelenka said.
Linear in design, the first phase expansion wraps around the hospital to connect with the existing emergency room. All patient rooms are private. They can be entered through a common hall. Each room connects to a "work corridor" where only physicians, nurses and other staffers can enter.
The new emergency department has pods where patients can be separated according to need, from pediatric to trauma cases to those with behavior problems. The new trauma unit has facilities to treat three patients at a time.
The first phase is part of nearly $28 million in upgrades to medical facilities at City Hospital, Zelenka said. Included are improved facilities in the cardiac catheterization lab, the new 20-bed intensive care unit, plus the obstetrics and oncology among others.
City Hospital has about 1,100 full- and part-time employees. Another 30 to 50 will be added once all the new facilities open, Zelenka said.
Thursday's ribbon-cutting was the fifth at area WVUH-East hospitals since last fall, including the cardiac unit and ICU at City Hospital, and a new emergency department and medical office building at Jefferson Memorial Hospital in Charles Town, W.Va.