Hospital Fuels Local Economy With More Construction Jobs

Last Updated on Jan 6, 2017 at 2:38pm | Health & Social

This article originally appeared in the January 2017 issue of the Lake-Front magazine and is being reprinted here in its entirety with permission. 
With the continuing expansion of Garrett Regional Medical Center (GRMC) come opportunities for local Garrett County businesses. GRMC has contracted with local business owner Jeff Gosnell of Gosnell Builders to help enhance its facilities to better provide for the care of residents of the Garrett Region.
Gosnell Builders was the general contractor for the initial construction of the WVU Medicine Cancer Institute that opened in January of 2016. With the Cancer Center’s one year anniversary in view, its success has given GRMC the opportunity to expand its walls and services, and again, GRMC has called upon Jeff and his team to make that happen. Some of the expansions include a cosmetology area for patients to experience the "Look Good, Feel Better" program, a meeting room for a community support group, dedicated office space for the operation of Cindy’s Fund, a library, and a pharmacy.
Gosnell Builders has been awarded numerous projects to aide in the development of the hospital. With the acquisition of the building on East Oak Street, formerly the Get-n-Go building, Gosnell Builders is faced with the challenge of converting a commercial restaurant/convenience space to a medical office building. Gosnell has also been commissioned to renovate areas of the hospital to provide new office space for hospital support staff. The initial new wing construction project was too large to be contracted with a local vendor because the bond requirement was too great. Now, as the new wing is coming to completion there are additional sections that need to be renovated.
GRMC executives chose Gosnell Builders because he was able to meet a request to utilize local contractors and subcontractors for both supplies and services. “It was really important to me to keep the jobs here and fuel the local economy with the work going on at the hospital,” stated Mark Boucot, president and CEO. He continued, “Hiring local contractors to work at the hospital is a significant way that the hospital can benefit the community.”
Jeff Gosnell stated, “Eighty percent of my employees are Garrett County residents and the additional staff live within the hospital’s service area. As a small business owner of thirty-plus years, working in Garrett County, we appreciate the approach that the hospital is taking in keeping those jobs in the area and providing work for the local workforce.”