New programs, more beds, and a new life coming to Fairmont Medical Center

Friday, June 4, 2021

With the one-year anniversary of the reopening of Fairmont Medical Center approaching next month, Albert L. Wright, Jr., president and CEO of the West Virginia University Health System and West Virginia University Hospitals, today (June 4) unveiled a plan to expand and grow the medical campus and hospital.

Rendering of expanded and upgraded Fairmont Medical Center
An artist's rendering of the expanded and upgraded Fairmont Medical Center

The nine-figure, multi-year investment represents a bold and necessary step to ensure people in Fairmont and Marion County have convenient access to WVU Medicine’s broader network of specialty and subspecialty care. The plan, which is subject to state and federal regulatory approval, reasserts Fairmont Medical Center as the primary destination for hospital-based care in all of Marion County.

“When we announced our plan to bring inpatient and emergency room care back to Fairmont, we pledged to make sure we were providing the residents of Marion County with the care they need,” Wright said. “With this expansion, we’re making good on that promise and ensuring Fairmont Medical Center will be here for generations to come.”

The approximately $110 million, multi-phase plan includes patient care expansion, including bringing the total number of inpatient beds up to 80 from its current 42, adding 30 skilled nursing beds, re-operationalizing and renovating the operating rooms and procedure rooms, and adding to the outpatient imaging, laboratory, and infusion services already offered onsite.

The plan also includes infrastructure upgrades to the hospital’s central energy plant, helipad, façade, and roofing, as well as the demolition of structures built in the late 1930s and early 1940s.

Services offered at Fairmont Medical Center complement those offered by West Virginia University Medical Corporation at the WVU Medicine Outpatient Center located near the Gateway Connector and at the WVU Medicine clinic in West Fairmont.

Opened in 2017, the 25,000-square-foot WVU Medicine Outpatient Center includes 39 exam rooms, three procedure rooms, and lab and diagnostic imaging. Services offered at the Outpatient Center include Primary Care; Obstetrics and Gynecology; Specialty Care, including Behavioral Medicine, Cardiology, Dermatology, Digestive Diseases, Nephrology, Orthopaedics, Podiatry, Pulmonary Medicine, Sleep Disorders, Surgery, and Urology; and Urgent Care.

The clinic in West Fairmont, which opened on April 5, houses Primary Care; Otolaryngology, including Audiology and Allergy; and lab services.

Today’s announcement was made in conjunction with West Virginia Governor Jim Justice, who applauded WVU Medicine’s leadership and called the proposal a win for the residents of Marion County and for the state.

“Not only are we going to see an increase in the care offered at Fairmont Medical Center, we’re also going to see an increase in jobs with projections for more than 450 additional employees that will need to be hired to work here,” Justice said. “This boost to our state’s economy will also include tax revenue, which we can invest into other much-needed projects in West Virginia. Today is a great day for Marion County and the State of West Virginia.”

The West Virginia University Health System, West Virginia’s largest health system with more than 1,800 beds and largest private employer, is comprised of 16 member hospitals, including a children’s hospital; three managed hospitals; and five institutes, all anchored by a 700-bed academic medical center in Morgantown, West Virginia. For more information, visit WVUMedicine.org.

Albert L. Wright, Jr., president and CEO of the West Virginia University Health System (left), shakes hands with Gov. Jim Justice at a press conference held today (June 4) announcing the planned expansion of Fairmont Medical Center.

Albert L. Wright, Jr., president and CEO of the West Virginia University Health System (left), shakes hands with Gov. Jim Justice at a press conference held today (June 4) announcing the planned expansion of Fairmont Medical Center.
(Photo courtesy of Jason DeProspero)