‘Time Saves Lives’ enters home stretch’
MARTINSBURG – Officials from West Virginia University Hospitals East said last week that they are two-thirds of the way to their goal of raising $3 million necessary to improve hospital infrastructure.
Through the “Time Saves Lives” campaign, launched in 2010 to patch a hole in its $30 million dollar-plus expansion budget, WVUH-East has so far raised a little more than $1.9 million.
So far, donations to the project have mostly been internal, with hospital employees giving a total of $428,000, board members $289,000 and physicians $268,000.
Now, hospital officials are hoping they can count on the general public to donate the last $1 million.
The funds will go to pay for numerous improvements at WVUH-East facilities, including Jefferson Memorial Hospital, which are the result of a significant increase in demand on hospital services.
Improvements still in need of funding include a second cardiac catheterization lab that provides vital services in cases of heart attack and an outpatient cancer treatment center that provides a more comfortable and inviting setting for those receiving chemotherapy.
The “Time Saves Lives” campaign has already partially funded a 20-bed intensive and coronary care unit, with a total project cost of $7.4 million, a 40-bed expansion of the emergency department, costing $10.4 million, and construction of a first cardiac catheterization laboratory at a cost of $11.4 million.