GRMC Plans for the Future of Healthcare in Community

Garrett Regional Medical Center (GRMC), an affiliate of WVU Medicine, has been serving the Garrett County region since 1950, when it opened with small inpatient and emergency services departments. Sixty-seven years and six facility additions later, the hospital plays an even more vital role in the health care of Garrett and western Allegany County as well as surrounding communities in West Virginia and Pennsylvania.

Meeting the needs of a population spread across three states and eight counties has resulted in continued investment in new technologies, new medical services, and new facilities to provide greater convenience for people wishing to seek care from GRMC.

The latest embodiment of GRMC’s commitment to caring for the community can be seen in the ongoing construction projects undertaken both at the mail hospital facility and renovations at the former Get ‘n Go Bakery on Oak Street, where the hospital’s Health Information Management (Medical Records) department will be housed.  Construction on this latest project will begin in August and is scheduled to be completed in the winter of 2017. 

The need to move the medical record department became clear with the ongoing success of the WVU Cancer Institute James and Shirley Bailey Regional Cancer Center on the hospital’s main campus. Moving the Health Information Management Department offsite will facilitate a much needed expansion of the Cancer Center. The plan includes additional exam rooms, a dedicated pharmacy for mixing and administering chemotherapy medications, a medical library, a survivor’s room that can be used as a meeting space, and additional office space.

“The success of the James and Shirley Bailey Regional Cancer Center has given us the opportunity to expand services to the patients of the GRMC region,” said Mark Boucot, GRMC president and CEO. “This expansion will enable us to better serve the needs of the community and to ensure an even higher level of care.”

The ability to expand the Cancer Center is made possible in large part by the generosity of the local community. 

“Our donors have generated a level of financial support that will touch the lives of many cancer patients and their families well into the future,” said Boucot. “Their generous support has created a lasting legacy of cancer care in our region that will live into perpetuity.”

The Cancer Center project is expected to be completed in 2018.  In addition to the expansion of the Cancer Center and the Oak Street project, in the last two years GRMC has renovated its PACU, its operating rooms, and its patient rooms, along with an addition of a brand new wing. This new addition, The Robert and June Harvey Medical Pavilion, houses a state of the art Family Centered Maternity Suite, an extension of the Med/Surg floor, a newly designed Subacute Rehabilitation Unit, along with education classrooms for the staff and boardroom facilities.

The numerous renovations and building additions have enabled the GRMC clinical staff to offer more services and treatment options, including the use of state of the art technologies, patient protocols, and individual patient consults with specialists at WVU Medicine.

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