Elkins Rotary learns about Davis Medical Center ER updates

The Inter-Mountain photo by Brooke Binns Chris Goode speaks Monday with the Rotary Club of Elkins about ongoing projects in Davis Medical Center’s emergency department.

ELKINS — Members of the Rotary Club of Elkins heard about ongoing progress in the emergency department at Davis Medical Center during their regular meeting Monday.

Chris Goode, emergency medicine doctor and West Virginia University assistant vice president of emergency medicine, said the main goal is to reaching the public.

“I can tell you that WVU medicine, our shift is to get out into the communities and keep patients in their communities, and that is our commitment to our communities and that is our commitment in Elkins,” Goode said during his presentation, which took place during the Rotary Club’s weekly meeting at the Elkins/Randolph County YMCA. “We are working on a number of programs including cancer, cardiology, emergency medicine; we’re getting ready to bring a teleneurology product to Elkins, which will give you the exact same care you get in the emergency department at Ruby Memorial (Hospital) and will be available in Elkins, West Virginia.

“You’ll have access to the latest and greatest, you’ll have access to our specialist in Morgantown who will help us manage you as a patient,” he continued. “If you require transfer to Morgantown for the very severe cases, it will streamline that process; if you don’t require that, it will allow you to stay at home,” he continued.

Goode also spoke on the progress being made at the facility, saying the department is equipped with the best technology and best providers.

The Inter-Mountain photo by Brooke Binns Mountain Valley Bank presents the Rotary Club of Elkins with a $5,000 check donation Monday for the club’s amphitheater project in the Elkins Town Square. Pictured from left are Hoy Ferguson, Rotary past president; Anthony Ricottilli, MVB controller; Richard ‘Dick’ Harvey, MVB president and CEO; and Carl Nichols, Elkins Rotary president.

“There has been a lot of thought and planning put into the physical space, the design of the emergency department, and it’s going to last this community another 50 years,” he said.

The renovation and expansion will include an increase from 15 beds to 24 private rooms, two trauma bays for critical care, a decontamination room, shorter wait times through a “Fast Track” protocol, a new waiting area and meditation room.

Goode said the future of health care is matching resource to need.

“The future of health care is local,” he said. “The future of health care is not 700 beds in Morgantown and transferring everybody there; the future of health care is to use broadband technology and to use nurse practitioners and physician assistants as an extension. … (Davis Health System President and CEO) Vance (Jackson) and I talk about this all of the time — how do you get the knowledge base of the provider in as many places as possible? And that’s where we’re going with health care.”

The most recent renovation project took place in 1994, according to Steve Johnson, support services director. The DMC emergency department sees approximately 30,000 patients each year, which is reportedly consistent with the national average.

“I want the community to know how much quality there is in the hospital,” Goode said. “I’ve known about Elkins and Davis (Medical Center) for years, but not until I got here did I understand the complexity of things that the specialists and primary care physicians do in this community, and our commitment is to reach out and strengthen that.”

More information about Davis Health System is available online at www.davishealthsystem.org or by calling 304-636-3300.