Ribbon-cutting held for new CCMC facility

PARKERSBURG – Residents in south Parkersburg and the surroundings have a new option for medical needs.

Camden Clark Medical Center held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Monday afternoon for its new Outpatient Diagnostic Center at 2838 Pike St., near the Patriot Center shopping center.

The new diagnostic center is adjacent to and part of the Camden Clark Primary Care office, which CCMC opened in December at 2812 Pike St.

The diagnostic center will be open from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Friday. Among the services available will be CT and ultrasound examinations by appointment, along with general X-ray services and lab draw services like phlebotomy. The center will have direct connectivity to CCMC, so all testing at the site will appear in the hospital medical record and the results will be available online through the ordering physicians.

“I think it’s just going to be so convenient for people, especially on the south side (of Parkersburg), Jackson County, Wirt County and Mineral Wells, especially,” said lab director Bobbi Ward, adding the availability of the alternate location may also help improve service flow at the main hospital campus.

Terri Richards, director of radiology and transport services for CCMC, said the location’s positive aspects, including easy access and convenient parking for patients.

“That’s what we’re really striving for, patient satisfaction and more convenience for our patients,” Richards said.

Monday’s opening was part of Camden Clark’s work to expand service availability throughout the Parkersburg area, said CCMC CEO and President Mike King.

Two more Primary Care offices are in various stages of preparation, one on Rosemar Road and another on Division Street. King said the Rosemar location involves an existing office which is being renovated while the Division location will be constructed.

King said each of the offices will house up to three or four primary care doctors, like the Pike Street location, but it is the only one which will have the diagnostic center. The idea of the facilities is to put primary care doctors in areas where people can have easy access to them, he said.

“The new health care system, I think, is really all about convenience and access in places where people live. Rather than making everybody come to a center, the idea is that the center goes out to people and meets them where they live,” King said.