After more than a year of construction, Wheeling Hospital’s new continuous care facility was unveiled to the public with a dedication and blessing.
The new addition on top of the hill will now be know as the Bishop Michael J. Bransfield Continuous Care Center.
Wheeling Hospital said crews are putting the finishing touches on the space,trying to make it feel more like home, and soon it will be open to patients.
“We want them to know first and foremost that they’re receiving the best care possible,” said Gregg Warren, Vice President of Marketing and Public Relations for Wheeling Hospital. “Secondly we want them to feel welcome.
As soon as patients and family members walk through the doors of the 107,000 square foot continuous care center, it doesn’t feel so much like a hospital.
“I think people will be amazed when they see this facility,” Warren continued.” As large as it is, it’s very comfortable. It’s almost like being in a home.”
“The new center is the most modern, patient- and family-friendly nursing center anywhere,” added Wheeling Hospital CEO Ron Violi. “Every inch of the building was designed with the highest level of care and comfort in mind, and for the convenience of patients and their loved ones.”
The space is three times larger than the current continuous care at Wheeling Hospital, and staff says it’s also brighter and more inviting.
Each of the 144 private patient rooms has personalized touches, like a memory box for patients to place photos outside of their doors.
When you leave the room, you’ll see a common area that resembles a comfortable living room and a country kitchen in each wing.
“Like little diners,” Warren explained. “You walk up and say ‘Can I have a cheeseburger or a hot dog?’ and they’ll make it for you on the spot.”
The three- story structure also features a physical therapy center, activity spaces, a spa with a salon and jet tub, a chapel and outdoor courtyards for a change of scenery.
Wheeling Hospital said none of this would be possible without the dedication of the continuous care center’s namesake, Bishop Bransfield.
“His determination has been relentless in developing and creating a facility such as this for continuous care patients,” Warren added. “He saw the need for it. He has seen the need for enhanced health care throughout the region, throughout the state. He has a vision. Our CEO Ron Violi takes that vision and gets to work and gets it done.”
“We are proud to have named the new center after Bishop Bransfield,” Violi added. “It was his vision to build a much larger, more comfortable setting for our patients. His determination to enhance the care of our patients within a homelike atmosphere was unrelenting. Area residents will find the center amazing.”
Bishop Bransfield was surprised with the naming of the continuous care center at the dedication and said he was thankful for the honor.
“In the end it’s like the scripture. We’re really doing it for others,” he said in his remarks to the crowd. “We don’t walk away with part of it. We don’t walk away owning it. It really belongs to everyone and we need it for the people of the entire area that will live out their lives using it.”
Wheeling Hospital’s administration and nursing staff have been doing a lot of planning leading up to the dedication and in a few weeks patients will be moved to their new rooms at the top of the hill.