Wheeling Hospital’s New Continuous Care Center Set to Open Early Next Year

WHEELING — Wheeling Hospital’s new, three-story Continuous Care Center will open early next year, hospital officials revealed during a press conference today.

The 144-bed facility currently under construction on land above the hospital will feature 107,00 square feet of space.

“When opened in early 2018, it will be one of America’s most modern, patient- and family-friendly long-term nursing care facilities. It will feature warm, home-like amenities for the patient and their visiting loved ones. And the landscaped grounds will be beautiful with a fantastic view of Wheeling,” said Wheeling Hospital CEO Ron Violi.

The new center will replace the smaller Bishop Joseph H. Hodges Continuous Care Center located adjacent to the hospital. That two-story facility, which opened in 1983, has 120 beds with semi-private and private rooms. Continuous care centers specialize in providing long-term and skilled nursing care, with around-the-clock medical care and services.

“The new center is larger than the current center by 67,000 square feet – or 2.5 times – and provides 24 more beds. Each room is designed for one patient, providing the privacy patients and their families’ desire,” noted Violi. “In addition, construction of the $34 million facility is being fully funded by the hospital.”

In addition to private rooms, the center will feature:

State-of-the-art equipped main kitchen.

Five restaurant-style dining rooms throughout.

Physical therapy room.

Spa with a jet tub and hair salon.

A large chapel.

Two activity rooms.

Two outdoor courtyards.

Five patient/family lounge areas.

A healing garden.

“The new Continuous Care Center is good news for the hospital and even better news for everyone in the region. I am extremely grateful for Ron Violi’s leadership with the project, as well as everyone involved in bringing improved health care to area residents and our ministry with them,” said the Most Rev. Michael J. Bransfield, Bishop of the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston.

The new center was designed by Stantec, the same architectural firm that designed the hospital’s seven-story building – Tower 5 — which opened in 2012. Marks Landau is the building contractor for the new center.