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Posted July 11, 2009 | Copyright © The Northern Virginia Daily
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Valley Health breaks ground on new facility

ROMNEY, W.Va. — Officials with Hampshire Memorial Hospital and Valley Health, along with representatives from state and local government, broke ground Monday on a $35 million replacement facility on 49 acres on Sunrise Boulevard.

“This is a great day for Hampshire County,” Walter Layman, chairman of Hampshire Memorial’s board of directors, told the nearly 100 people gathered to celebrate the groundbreaking.

“I’m sure our county fathers were equally as excited when they broke ground on our current hospital in 1957,” Layman said. “That hospital has served us very well, but with changes in technology and how we deliver health care services, it is time for a new facility, and we’re all very pleased that Valley Health took an interest in the health and well-being of the residents of Hampshire County.”

The 65,000-square-foot facility will nearly double the size of the existing hospital and include 14 acute-care and 30 long-term care beds, a six-bed outpatient surgical department, six-bed emergency department, helipad and a 24,000-square-foot medical office building. The project is expected to be completed in 2011.

Speaking on behalf of West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin, regional representative Mary Jo Brown extended the governor’s thanks and congratulations.

“I want to especially recognize the staff of Valley Health for all they do to improve health care for so many West Virginians,” Brown said. “Your services truly are appreciated.”

Hampshire Memorial, a federally designated critical access hospital, joined Valley Health in January 2008. The regional health care provider also manages Morgan County War Memorial Hospital in Berkeley Springs, W.Va.

Valley Health President and CEO Mark H. Merrill used the occasion to thank the many people who helped pave the way for the new Hamsphire Memorial, including Manchin, members of the West Virginia Health Care Authority, Hampshire County commissioners and HMH and Valley Health boards of directors and staff.

“Trusted to deliver the best experience every time, every place, is Valley Health’s vision, and that’s what the residents of Hampshire County can expect to receive right here in their own community,” Merrill said.

— Daily Staff Report

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