UHC to build new $15 million medical office building
09/19/2013 - The Exponent Telegram. By Jim Davis.
United Hospital Center plans to build a $15 million facility that will consolidate orthopedics, neurosurgery and outpatient rehabilitation therapy services.
The West Virginia Health Care Authority has approved the Bridgeport hospital’s certificate-of-need request to construct the single-story, 55,000-square-foot building near the entrance to the UHC campus.
“It’s fundamentally a muscular skeletal center,” UHC President and CEO Bruce Carter said. “It makes sense to put those services together. There’s a heavy rehabilitation component to them.”
The project will not result in a rate increase, Carter said.
That’s because the hospital has been planning and saving for the project for three years, Carter said.
“In the vast scale of things, it’s not a huge expansion, but it’s significant,” he added. “It’s small enough for us that we can do it in our normal capital budget.”
Space is the reason behind the expansion, Carter said.
“We’ve been here about three years, and we’ve already outgrown our office space for our physicians,” Carter said of the eight-story, 700,000-square-foot hospital. “We’re maxed out.”