ACP increases gift to project

Submitted photo DHS Foundation Director Mike Bell and Dominion Energy Community Outreach Liaison Denise Campbell tour the renovated emergency department and the medical head wall units purchased through a donation from the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) Community Investment Program.

ELKINS — The new Davis Medical Center Emergency Department project is $2,500 closer its goal thanks to a generous gift made by the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) Community Investment Program.

Representatives from ACP and the Davis Health System (DHS) Foundation gathered last week to celebrate the donation which specifically supports the Transforming Care TogethER Campaign and the purchase of medical head wall units for each new exam and treatment room. Standardization of workflow and of space design will improve both efficiency and patient outcomes. The provision of a uniform medical head wall unit in each of the 23 treatment rooms will save time and reduce medical errors. Each head wall unit will include medical gas outlets for oxygen and vacuum (suction), surge and power interruption protected electrical power outlets, and the nurse call system. Providers will benefit from knowing that the tools they need to respond to an emergency are uniform in function, design, and placement in each room — saving critical minutes when it matters most.

“ACP’s generous support will help ensure Davis Medical continues to provide 24/7, life-saving emergency care to families across north-central West Virginia,” said Foundation Director Mike Bell.

This $2,500 contribution is the second gift to the Emergency Department by ACP during the Transforming Care TogethER Campaign. An initial gift of $10,000 was made in 2016.

“We are excited to support this medical enhancement for the community,” Denise Campbell, community liaison for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline said. “Davis Medical Center is utilized by many in this mountainous region of W.Va. and we are proud to support the improvement of their emergency healthcare services,” Campbell added.

On Aug. 23 the DMC emergency department celebrated the completion of a $2 million renovation and expansion project with a ribbon cutting ceremony at the facility. The construction, which began in 2015, has added more than twice the original square footage, increased the total number of private patient rooms to 23 and includes a new reception area and a meditation and counseling room for families.

“The ED sees 30,000 patients each year, accepting critically ill and injured patients from Tucker, Randolph, Pocahontas and Upshur counties,” said Bell. “It’s vital to the health and well-being of every community we serve, and thanks to donors like ACP, we’re able to deliver this care in an expanded and more efficient environment.”

The DHS Foundation was established in 2007 as a public charity to support regional healthcare and the goals of Davis Health System. Through a variety of gifting opportunities and diverse giving channels, it has provided more than $3,300,000 to meet needs in the areas of cancer care, student scholarships, telemedicine, new medical technologies, construction and renovation and many others.

The ACP Community Investment Program provides financial assistance for projects tied to the well-being and vitality of communities along the proposed 600-mile Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP). The program is part of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, LLC, a company formed by four major U.S. energy companies — Dominion, Duke Energy, Piedmont Natural Gas and AGL Resources — to develop, own and operate the ACP. The pipeline would be capable of delivering up to 1.5 billion cubic feet per day of natural gas to be used by public utilities to generate electricity as well as heat homes and run local businesses. The underground pipeline project would facilitate cleaner air, increase reliability and security of natural gas supplies, and provide a significant economic boost in West Virginia, Virginia and North Carolina. For more information about the ACP, visit the company’s website at www.dom.com/acpipeline.

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