WVU Potomac Valley Hospital to Build Education Center on Hospital Campus

KEYSER – WVU Medicine Potomac Valley Hospital (PVH) will soon build a new training center on the hospital campus with the help of a $2.6 million federal grant.

Congressman David McKinley announced the grant Dec. 10 during the hospital’s groundbreaking ceremony for its new cancer center.

“The Potomac Valley Hospital will receive a $2.5 million grant from the Economic Development Administration for a new training center, ensuring that the existing workforce can receive advanced certification,” McKinley said. , noting that the new center would also bring “good jobs to the region.”

The new Medical Services and Workforce Training Center will combine a much-needed 12,000 square foot expansion of the hospital’s clinical care capacity with advanced telehealth infrastructure and workforce training spaces. tailor-made to help strengthen the regional training pipeline for highly skilled and highly skilled individuals. demand jobs in the health field.

Funding for the grant will be provided through the Public Works and Economic Adjustment Assistance (PWEAA) Program Recovery Act Assistance Account of the Economic Development Administration (EDA) within from the United States Department of Commerce, and will be matched by an amount of $638,800 (24.5%). local funding commitment from PVH.

While the EDA regularly awards grants to projects in rural and underserved communities across the country, PVH’s Center is the first Recovery Act Assistance award for an acute care facility in West Virginia (one of the few national hospital awards to date) and a testament to PVH’s role as a public health asset and economic engine for Mineral County.

EDA and PVH estimate that the finished center will create up to 265 jobs, retain 370 jobs and generate $203 million in private investment over the next decade.

“The Potomac Valley Hospital is thrilled to receive this grant,” said Mark Boucot, CEO of PVH. “The Center for Medical Services and Workforce Training is an essential part of our long-term growth plans to meet the physical and behavioral health needs of Mineral County residents into the future.

“As the pandemic continues to strain hospital resources, we are grateful that the Economic Development Administration values ​​the investment in our expansion,” he said.

“I also want to thank Senator Manchin, Senator Moore-Capito and Congressman McKinley for their advocacy for PVH during the grant process and for their continued support.”

Funding from the grant will be used to fund the design, engineering and phased construction of the center’s physical plant, a two-story 12,000 square foot auxiliary building adjacent to the main hospital. This expansion will allow for the growth of medical and specialist services in the community and will have the broadband infrastructure needed to support the hospital’s growing range of telemedicine services.

PVH is especially excited about the new Auxiliary Building facilities designed to accommodate trainees enrolled in a wide range of degree and certification programs that have partnered with PVH to provide hands-on clinical experience for the next generation of nurses, auxiliary nurses, medical assistants, community health workers, pharmacy technicians, medical technicians and mental health technicians throughout the region.

Potomac Valley Hospital is a 25-bed, nonprofit, critical-access acute care facility in Keyser that has provided emergency, primary, and specialty care to residents of Mineral County since 1931. PVH’s dedicated clinical teams offer family medicine, pediatric general surgery, cardiopulmonology, behavioral health, physiotherapy, radiology, orthopedics and urology (among other services) and have been on the front lines of testing, vaccination and treatment of COVID-19 in the region.

The hospital has been accredited by the Joint Commission since 1984 and has been part of the WVU Medicine Health System since 2014.

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