WVU CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL

Miracles happen. At WVU Children’s Hospital, we see them every day.

On a typical day:

  • A 16-year-old girl from Franklin, West Virginia, is severely injured in an automobile accident. She is rushed to WVU Children’s Hospital where she undergoes brain and orthopedic surgery. She will spend the next three weeks in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU).
  • Twenty-eight weeks pregnant, a woman from Poca, West Virginia, prematurely delivers a 22-ounce baby boy. The baby is admitted immediately to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) where he will spend the first three months of his life.
  • A family from Moundsville, West Virginia, welcomes their beautiful baby girl only to find out she has a hole in her heart and is facing open-heart surgery. She will spend time recovering in the PICU.

WVU is West Virginia’s flagship, land-grant university. WVU Children’s Hospital has a special mandate to improve the health of children in this state. We fulfill this promise in three interconnected ways: by providing state-of-the-art pediatric medical and surgical care, by preparing future pediatricians, and by conducting cutting-edge research on children’s health issues.

Our vision for the future is that every young West Virginian will be provided with the most advanced medical and surgical care they need without having to leave the state. We will do this while training the next generation of pediatricians and advancing research into the health disparities affecting West Virginia’s children.

To realize this vision, we must grow. We must attract new specialists to extend our range of care and expand facilities to ensure we can treat every child and expectant mother who comes through our doors.

The Trajectory of Success

WVU Children’s Hospital serves patients throughout West Virginia, southern Pennsylvania, eastern Ohio, and western Maryland. We provide care in Morgantown at the hospital and outpatient clinics, as well as at eight other locations around the state. Seven thousand times each year, parents and families turn to us for hope and healing in our hospital; our physicians, nurses, and other health professionals welcome children to our outpatient clinics more than 130,000 times a year.

Located on the 6th floor of Ruby Memorial, WVU Children’s Hospital is a hospital within a hospital, consisting of four separate units: a 39-bed Level 3 Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU), a 19-bed Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU), a 28-bed general pediatric unit, and a 29-bed Maternal Infant Care Center (MICC).

We offer a continuum of care from minor injuries to serious illnesses. In fact, we are the state’s only hospital offering certain specialties, including pediatric cardiothoracic surgery and pediatric neurosurgery. Our micro-preemie nursery cares for tiny newborns at the edge of life.

We have grown substantially over the last five years, adding more than 40 specialists, recruited from the country’s best academic medical centers, to care for a wide variety of conditions. Our NIH-funded research programs are undertaking some of the most sophisticated research happening today. WVU clinician-scientists are advancing knowledge in diseases most prevalent among West Virginia’s children, including obesity, asthma, and diabetes.

Our mission has never been more urgent. West Virginia’s 378,000 children are our future. Unfortunately, they lead the nation in poor health. If we can improve their health now, we’ll have a huge impact on their lives as they grow into adults and, in turn, on the future health and prosperity of the state.

Priorities for Tomorrow

As West Virginia’s leading children’s hospital, we believe the children and expectant mothers of this state deserve the best. Through A State of Minds: The Campaign for West Virginia’s University, we seek to deliver this by bringing together many minds—the intellect and ideas of doctors and researchers and the passion and pride of supporters. We ask you to invest in this campaign for the good of this region’s youngest citizens.

  • Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
  • Maternal Infant Care Center
  • Pediatric infusion center
  • Family education classroom
  • Pediatric primary and specialty clinics, as well as research facilities

To learn more about these funding priorities download the WVU Children’s Hospital campaign brochure or contact Dee O’Palko at 304-598-4346. To learn more about the WVU Children’s Hospital visit www.wvukids.com.