Mar. 5—FAIRMONT — When Fairmont Regional Medical Heart closed final 12 months, months later WVU Drugs stepped in to open Fairmont Medical Heart.
Cari Morgan, nursing director for the power, which opened in mid-2020, mentioned there was a void in well being care locally when the previous facility closed. Now, WVU Drugs is filling that void.
“Our predominant purpose was to get emergency companies supplied as shortly as doable to this group which we did so beginning June 30,” mentioned Morgan.
The ability has grown since then, after officers performed a wants evaluation of the group. Morgan mentioned officers realized there wanted to be a greater method to deal with larger acuity sufferers together with offering step-down functionality.
“We observed a void for cardiology so we acquired cardiology on sight with HVI clinic on the fourth flooring. We have expanded our imaging companies with MRI and ultrasound and we can be beginning out affected person phlebotomy right here shortly,” she mentioned.
Aaron Yanuzo, assistant vice chairman for assist companies at Fairmont Medical Heart, mentioned he’s excited for the hospital reaching this degree of service to the group.
“We’re very pleased. We’re pleased with the success and the sufferers which are right here and we’re hopeful that we’ll proceed to develop and get extra inpatients,” mentioned Yanuzo.
Morgan mentioned she’s pleased with the enlargement. She mentioned Fairmont is her group and the place she lives so well being care was essential for her and her household.
“From a nursing perspective, that is our objective. This is the reason we’re right here. It is to take care of the group and we intend to take action and proceed to take action and simply broaden our companies to satisfy the wants,” mentioned Morgan.
The brand new companies supplied by Fairmont Medical Heart embody ultrasound, MRI and inpatient consulting for cardiology sufferers.
“We have additionally established loads of telemedicine companies in reference to Ruby [Memorial Hospital],” mentioned Yanuzo.
The ability has X-ray and CT companies for in-patient wants and can begin providing outpatient CT and X-ray companies. The MRI unit opened in February and gives outpatient MRI. All of the doctor interpretations are the identical supplied to sufferers at J.W. Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown.
So far as coronary heart and vascular companies, Yanuzo mentioned, any practices that occur at Ruby even have been dropped at Fairmont.
“We’ve a heart specialist that is on workers. We’ve a number of nurse practitioners which are right here and we now have a vascular surgeon that rotates in by means of right here as properly,” he mentioned.
Jennifer Gerdes, administrator for WVU Drugs’s Coronary heart and Vascular Institute South/West mentioned the vascular middle moved into the power on Locust Avenue on March 1.
“We’ll begin providing vascular companies on March 15 with one among our vascular surgeons…been very profitable thus far. Sufferers actually like it. We’re offering an amazing service to Marion County by being right here,” mentioned Gerdes.
Yanuzo mentioned sufferers can normally get identical day or subsequent day care with all the brand new companies. He mentioned it is an amazing potential to get sufferers their care extra shortly.
Morgan mentioned as mattress depend has been upgraded, so have the screens within the facility. She mentioned now they tote Philips screens which permit larger acuity sufferers to be taken care of.
“Really Ruby screens our sufferers by way of satellite tv for pc so we’re actually a campus of Ruby,” she mentioned.
Finally as the power expands Fairmont Medical Heart may have 42 beds accessible for sufferers. Yanuzo mentioned the group is grateful for the chance to see a health care provider in their very own neighborhood.
“We weren’t even open an hour the primary day we have been right here and we actively resuscitated a affected person that most likely wouldn’t have made it if we weren’t right here to offer that service,” mentioned Morgan.
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