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Fairmont Medical Center has $110 million rebuilding plan, employees say they’re grateful

Updated: Jun. 4, 2021 at 7:47 PM EDT
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FAIRMONT, W.Va (WDTV) - The Fairmont Medical Center is getting close to it’s one year anniversary of re-opening and officials announced on Friday a plan to expand and grow the medical campus and hospital.

The $110 million, multi-year project is expected to bring patient care expansion, including bringing the total number of inpatient beds up to 80 from its current 42, adding 30 skilled nursing beds, re-operationalizing and renovating the operating rooms and procedure rooms, and adding to the outpatient imaging, laboratory, and infusion services already offered onsite, according to the hospital’s press release.

The plan also includes infrastructure upgrades to the hospital’s central energy plant, helipad, façade, and roofing, as well as the demolition of structures built in the late 1930s and early 1940s.

For those who have worked at the hospital since it was first known as the Fairmont Regional Medical Center, they say it is exciting to see the hospital’s growth. Especially after last year’s scare of potential closure.

“It’s amazing for me and my patients and my family, we live in Fairmont,” Dr. David Tingler, a cardiologist at the hospital said. “So when the hospital was closing, patients would cry in my office. Their whole families where born here,” he said. “To have this open back up it means a lot to my family, the community, and it’s just really nice to see it survive.”

Dr. Tingler said after being at the hospital for 12 years, he’s glad to see it come together, even before the real work has begun.

“There’s still a lot of services that we previously had that we don’t have that we’re going to slowly get back and a lot of those things are already in the works,” Tingler said. “I’ve already heard that we have two new specialists that are coming next week to tour the facility. So the more we can do here for patients here and not have them have to go far away is beneficial,” he said.

The clinical preceptor, Laura Mileto agrees. She has spent over ten years at the hospital and knows the value it has brought to the community.

“With it being here in the heart of Marion County where we can best serve, the reason why we’re here, it’s very beneficial not only to us but our entire county,” Mileto said.

Officials say this will most likely be a five year project, but new additions will be seen within the next year.

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