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Soon after Shockey completed a $28 million expansion project at City Hospital (now Berkeley Medical Center and a part of WVU Medicine), the ED department at Berkeley Medical Center became the busiest one in the state of West Virginia. Today, Shockey is helping WVU Medicine expand again, this time in surgical capacity, with the addition of five new operating rooms.
Like before, all construction is taking place while the existing OR and ED suites remain fully operational.
Original construction included a new cardiac catheterization laboratory care unit and doubling of the existing emergency department. Shockey added a second story for an ICU/CCU on the north end of the building and coordinated construction activities to keep the existing operating room suite beneath it fully operational.
Berkeley Medical Center’s cath lab operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week, offering diagnostic and acute heart-attack catheterization and stenting. The expansion allows the dedicated lab to schedule cardiac implants. In the past, many patients had to be sent out of the area for device implants because the cath lab had to be available for catheterizations and emergent cases.
According to Berkeley Medical Center President & CEO Anthony P. Zelenka, the new operating rooms range from 600 to 921 square feet, making them much larger than traditional 380 to 450 square foot operating rooms. The larger rooms will accommodate the latest innovative, minimally invasive robotic technology. The new system enhances the technical skills of the surgeons, allowing the patient to heal faster with fewer complications.
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