GRMC Provides Update on Expansion Projects

Last Updated on Jul 27, 2017 at 12:23pm | Health & Social

Article courtesy of NCWV Media - The Republican.  Staff Writer: Don Sincell. Photo Credit to Don Sincell.
Garrett Regional Medical Center (GRMC), an affiliate of WVU Medicine, provided an update this week on its expansion projects to further enhance health care in the community.
GRMC — previously Garrett County Memorial Hospital — has been serving the Garrett County region since 1950, when it opened with small inpatient and emergency services departments. Sixty-seven years and six facility additions later, the hospital now plays a larger, more comprehensive role in the health care of Garrett and western Allegany County, as well as surrounding communities in West Virginia and Pennsylvania.
“Meeting the needs of a population spread across three states and eight counties has resulted in our continued investment in new technologies, new medical services and new facilities to provide greater convenience for people wishing to seek care from GRMC,” said Mark Boucot, GRMC president and CEO.
The latest GRMC expansion efforts can be seen in ongoing construction projects undertaken both at the main hospital facility along Memorial Drive and with continuing renovations at the former Get ’n Go Market along Oak Street, Oakland, where the hospital’s Health Information Management Department (medical records) will be housed. Construction on this latest project will resume in August and is scheduled to be completed in the winter of 2017.
Boucot explained that the need to move the medical records department became clear with the ongoing success of the WVU Cancer Institute James and Shirley Bailey Regional Cancer Center on the hospital’s main campus.
“Originally, the intent for the Oak Street property was to provide offices for visiting specialists so patients would not have to travel to Morgantown or elsewhere,” Boucot said. “But the property presented unforeseen challenges, which created a long delay in its development. In the meantime, the hospital addressed the community’s most pressing need by partnering with WVU Medicine to bring the Heart and Vascular Institute to Oakland for cardiology and vascular services. Moving HIM (medical records) to the Oak Street property will open parking capacity at the hospital’s main campus, to better meet the increased patient volumes. Through the partnership with WVU Medicine, GRMC will continue to recruit new specialty care practices to the area. The hospital will also build on its core competencies of general surgery and orthopedics.”
He said that moving the Health Information Management Department off site will also facilitate a much needed expansion of the GRMC Cancer Center. The plan includes additional exam rooms, a dedicated pharmacy for mixing and administering chemotherapy medications, a medical library, a survivors’ room that can be used as a meeting space and additional office space.
“The success of the James and Shirley Bailey Regional Cancer Center has given us the opportunity to expand services to the patients of the GRMC region,” Boucot said. “This expansion will enable us to better serve the needs of the community and to ensure an even higher level of care.”
He added that the ability to expand the Cancer Center is made possible in large part by the generosity of the local community.
“Our donors have generated a level of financial support that will touch the lives of many cancer patients and their families well into the future,” said Boucot. “Their generous support has created a lasting legacy of cancer care in our region that will live into perpetuity.”
The Cancer Center project is expected to be completed in 2018. In addition to the expansion of the center and the Oak Street project, in the last two years GRMC has renovated its Post-Anesthesia Care Unit, operating rooms, and patient rooms, along with the addition of a new wing.
This newest addition — the Robert and June Harvey Medical Pavilion — houses a state-of-the-art family centered maternity suite, an extension of the medical/surgical floor, a newly designed subacute rehabilitation unit, education classrooms for the staff, and boardroom facilities.
Boucot said that all of the recent renovations and building additions have enabled the GRMC clinical staff to offer more services and treatment options, including the use of modern technologies, patient protocols, and individual patient consults with specialists at WVU Medicine.