CCMC open house showcases renovations

PARKERSBURG – Camden Clark Medical Center opened the doors to the renovated fourth floor of the north tower at its Memorial Campus Thursday evening to give people an idea of how consolidation of the St. Joseph’s Campus will work.

An open house showcased the floor, which has 33 private rooms, 14 of which are designated for orthopedic patients. The others will be used by vascular and neurosurgery patients.

All three specialties are moving or have moved to the Memorial Campus from the former St. Joseph’s Hospital, which is set to close to inpatients on Aug. 19 in a cost-saving move.

“This whole unit’s been built to accommodate that population from the St. Joseph campus,” said Tim Brunicardi, director of marketing and public affairs for Camden Clark.

The floor also has a “joint camp” room, where patients can receive physical therapy. Down the hall is space for ADL, or activities of daily living, therapy, in which people recovering from procedures can practice normally mundane tasks that may have new challenges. That could include getting in and out of the bathtub and maneuvering safely around the kitchen, said Tammy Powell, interim chief nursing officer for the hospital.

“They’ll be washing dishes when they get home, and you’ll have to be able to stand that long,” she said.

Brunicardi said many of the patients on the floor will utilize those services.

“Everything’s self-contained. Nobody’s going to be put on elevators,” he said.

Dr. Dan McGraw, board-certified vascular surgeon, said he looks forward to having patients who have undergone bypasses, carotid surgery and other vascular procedures in the same area.

“It’ll be a completely dedicated space for vascular patients, compared to the acute care unit, which had a whole different mix of patients,” he said. “Nursing will be a little more specific.”

The acute or transitional care unit is being closed as part of the consolidation.