MADISON, W.Va. — The new Boone Memorial Hospital is now in use. Mark Linville, the Chief Operating Officer, said it is not completely open yet, but it is currently being occupied. That means many departments have already began using the new facility.
Linville said the purpose of the new facility was to evolve with the times. He said that when the older facility opened in 1964, the focus of the medical industry was on in-patient care. This new facility has shifted focus to more of an out-patient model.
“We outgrew the building, the new facility is almost three times the size of the old building,” Linville said.
The departments that have not made their way into the new facility are physical therapy, sports medicine and the administrative offices. Current plans are for the new facility to be in full use by the end of August.
Linville said that many of the services offered at the new facility were always offered at Boone Memorial, including their fully accredited X-Ray and Lab Service programs. He said they are also working to bring in more surgical services so that their patients can receive care close to home.
“We’re trying to bring medicine home,” Linville said, “We’re trying to make sure the people of Boone County and our surrounding service areas can come to this hospital for all of their healthcare needs.”
Concerning the surgical care, 7th District State Senator, Ron Stollings, said he was very impressed with the new facility.
“We went back to the surgical suite and I was absolutely blown away, it is something to behold,” Stollings said, “I was completely blown away by this hospital.”
Linville also said the emergency room at the new facility has become more efficient. He said they have doubled the beds compared to the old facility, from 6 beds to 12 beds. He said they are also working on others ways to provide faster care to their ER patients.
“We’re going to increase the number of providers in the ER with longer hours, we’re going to put more patients in a bed quicker,” Linville said.
The new patient rooms have also been receiving praise. Recent patient, Sharon Holestin, said she believes there is a clear improvement.
“It’s beautiful and everything is so nice,” Holestin said, “There is no comparison, this is the Marriot, that was Motel Six.”