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CCMH anticipates continued growth

March 4, 2011

PARKERSBURG - Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital continued to offer new programs and services in 2010 and anticipates continued growth down the road.

In a plan announced in 2010 and expected to be completed early this year, the West Virginia United Health System is purchasing St. Joseph's while simultaneously affiliating with Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital, bringing both groups together under one organization.

Both hospitals will be consolidated under the CCMH legal and governance structure and operate as a subsidiary of WVUHS.

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Tom Arnold, RN, sits at the monitoring station in the cath lab at Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital in Parkersburg in July after the opening of the hospital’s emergency coronary angioplasty program.

"Opportunities will abound under the consolidation of the two hospitals under the West Virginia United Health System," said CCMH spokesman Greg Smith.

"It's going to be a very exciting year," Smith said of 2011.

The past year continued to see growth and change in the types and variety of services and programs at CCMH.

After receiving approval in early 2010 to begin its own emergency coronary angioplasty program, CCMH opened the program on June 1 and performed its first emergency coronary angioplasty on June 17. The hospital had conducted 35 of the operations by the end of 2010, Smith said.

Camden-Clark's program doesn't include elective angioplasty or open-heart surgery and the hospital has continued to work closely with St. Joseph's to provide smooth transfers when such surgeries are necessary.

CCMH's catheterization lab, which has been in operation for over 10 years, is used for procedures to diagnose cardio-vascular disease, including heart attacks and blockages in arteries and veins. Under the new program, the hospital can treat blockages that occur during heart attacks.

In November, CCMH began offering new services through its Community Comprehensive Cancer Center and started fundraising efforts for other improvements at the hospital.

The Cancer Outreach Center, developed in partnership with the American Cancer Society chapter in Parkersburg, opened at the end of 2010 in the hospital's Medical Office Building B. The center offers services like wigs, prosthetics, cancer apparel and specially trained beautician, cosmetologist and massage services.

The Cancer Society has a specialist on staff in the center, called a patient navigator, who is able to begin working with cancer patients at the hospital much earlier in the process to help direct them toward services, resources and programs beneficial to them.

The next two phases of the hospital's plans are to renovate two of its nursing areas and expand its telemetry services for cardiac monitoring. Those projects are the goals toward which the new fundraising campaign is working.

"We've been working for the last five years or so to really upgrade Camden-Clark's facilities, and I think successfully," Camden-Clark CEO Mike King said of the "Three Times Stronger (3X)" campaign being conducted by the Camden-Clark Foundation.

"We find ways to devote ourselves to our community and to those things that give us purpose and meaning. Clearly, these projects do that," he said.

Smith said the telemetry department renovations were completed and the newly upgraded facility went into operation at the beginning of February.



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