— Advancing quality medical services throughout the community.
WVU Medicine University Healthcare is a non-profit healthcare delivery system serving the Eastern Panhandle.
The goal of the system, which includes Berkeley Medical Center and Jefferson Medical Center, is to contribute to the growth of health services in Jefferson and Berkeley Counties. University Healthcare is committed to moving forward with the medical field as it evolves, and recent improvements made at both of the medical centers exemplify the progress.
“The fact that we are a part of WVU Medicine, the state’s largest health network, and affiliated with West Virginia University and the WVU School of Medicine, certainly makes us unique here in our region,” said Teresa McCabe, VP of marketing and development at University Healthcare.
The Berkeley Medical Center, previously City Hospital, has undergone several enhancements, adding a new cath-lab, 20-bed ICU, and a 40-bed emergency department able to accommodate up to 65,000 patients annually. Additionally, it opened a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, and rebranded the regional cancer program as part of the WVU Cancer Institute. Jefferson Medical Center, previously Jefferson Memorial Hospital, has undergone interior renovation, including a special care unit, a remodeled radiology area, and a new emergency department, which can accommodate up to 30,000 patients annually.
“With one hundred million [dollars] invested in improvements, strong physician recruitment efforts, and the addition and expansion of services, we’ve made significant improvements to the quality of care offered and, ultimately, the patient experience,” McCabe explained.
The University Healthcare motto is “Quality is Job One,”—an adage that has received several awards and distinctions nationally for its dedication to improving medical centers in the Eastern Panhandle. University Healthcare is motivated by the patients in the community, striving to provide needed services, and advanced technology that can better treat and prevent illness in the region.
The organization is also dedicated to providing prevention programs for patients, including diabetes education and behavioral health screenings. It has attracted more physician specialists in recent years, and now has an online portal: MyWVUChart, which connects and allows physicians to be more accessible for their patients.
Recognizing the need for quality services in the Panhandle, University Healthcare’s goal is to continue moving forward with WVU Medicine, and advance with the greater healthcare community.By Lena Camilletti