WVU Medicine cut a ribbon on Sept. 22 and officially declared its new clinic in Marion County open for business.
The $13.9 million, 25,000-square-foot outpatient center is located off Downtown Fairmont Exit 136 of I-79, near the Fairmont Gateway Connector. It is owned and operated by University Health Associates (UHA) and includes 39 exam rooms and three procedure rooms. The first patients are being seen today, Sept. 25.
The new facility houses these clinics:
- Behavioral Medicine
- Digestive Diseases
- Family Medicine
- General Surgery
- Obstetrics and Gynecology
- Urgent Care
These services will also be provided:
“It seems like just a few days ago we were here breaking ground for this building – and now it is a reality,” Albert L. Wright, Jr., president and CEO of WVU Medicine - West Virginia University Health System, said. “This facility is allowing WVU Medicine to expand its footprint in Marion County and serve a population that needs and deserves the kind of care we can deliver. It’s an investment in the health of this community.”
WVU Medicine broke ground on the site June 6, 2016.
Over the last four years, there has been a steady increase of Marion County residents traveling to WVU Medicine clinics in the Morgantown area for care. From 2013 to 2016, there was a 129 percent increase in clinic visits.
Judie Charlton, MD, chief medical officer of WVU Medicine, said the facility’s services were determined by a community assessment and that further services may be added or tweaked to meet the population’s needs.
“We noted that the healthcare landscape was changing and evolving in many communities as time goes on,” she said. “It’s no different in Marion County. We wanted to create a facility that will be flexible enough to adapt to future healthcare needs and challenges as they arise.”
A total of 65 jobs were created at the new clinic; 90 percent of the positions are filled with Marion County residents. In all, the WVU Medicine system employs more than 1,300 from Marion County.
To showcase the new building and providers, a community open house is planned for Saturday, Oct. 21, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Watch for more details.