W.Va. Mental Health Hospital To Create 368 Jobs

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Clarksburg, W.Va. (AP) -- A mental health facility opening next year at the United Hospital Center Complex is expected to create 368 jobs over time, 200 of them immediately.

Highland Hospital chief operating officer David McWatters says the company will spend $34 million on renovations after United moves out in October.

The work will be done in two phases and will include expansion of the cafeteria and patient rooms, plus demolition of the parking garage.

A new recreational facility will be built in its place.

When the 320-bed highland hospital opens, it will house 75 adults and 20 children and adolescents.

McWatters says he also plans to add 20 beds for an assessment center that is designed to take the burden off emergency rooms handling psychiatric patients.

(Copyright 2010 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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  • by Roger Location: Williamstown on Feb 3, 2010 at 02:22 PM
    This is good news. Our emergency rooms are swamped with mentally ill persons and hospitals have had to make difficult decisions to close psychiatric wards. Everyone will be better served by this. Who says there isn't some GOOD NEWS once in awhile?
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