First Look: WVU Medicine Children’s Hospital

MORGANTOWN, WVa. — After more than three years in development — and getting built through the Covid-19 pandemic — WVU Medicine Children’s Hospital will open Sept. 29.

The nine-story, 150-bed hospital is both connected to the Ruby Memorial Hospital and also stands apart as its own state-of-the-art tower. It’s one of about two dozen attached children’s hospitals in the United States, designed by IKM in Pittsburgh and further stepping up the care WVU Medicine already brings to expectant mothers, infants and pediatric patients. The hospital is moving its entire operations from the floor within Ruby Hospital to the new building.

The state-of-the-art facility will include a pediatric intensive care unit, a cardiac intensive care unit, a neonatal intensive care unit, a separate pediatric emergency department and operating rooms, along with a heart center, interventional radiology, maternal-fetal medicine clinic plus a blood disorders and cancer center and a neuroscience center. It will, said WVU Health System President Albert Wright, be the most advanced pediatric center in West Virginia and draw on patients from not only all over West Virginia but also eastern Ohio, western Maryland and southwestern Pennsylvania, where it owns Uniontown Hospital and a Greene County outpatient center.

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