Cutting the Ribbon
DMC Myles Emergency Center opens
ELKINS — A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Thursday morning to celebrate the opening of a newly renovated local medical facility.
County and city officials, as well as area business leaders, gathered with the staff of Davis Medical Center to announce the opening of the Davis Medical Center Myles Emergency Center.
To kick off the event, Davis Health System Foundation Director Mike Bell addressed the more than 100 individuals in attendance.
“First of all, we want to thank you for your support throughout the last almost four years when the planning for a new emergency department began. At that point, when we even began to envision a $2.8 million project, you know that it is going to take support from throughout our community,” he said. “Employees, volunteers at Davis Medical Center, friends and family throughout the community have given time, they’ve given talent and they’ve certainly given their treasure to make this a possibility.”
Bell thanked donors throughout the community, including Mike Ross, who contributed $150,000, and June Myles and the Myles Family Foundation, who contributed $500,000 to the project.
“Mike stepped up and gave a challenge that if we encourage and inspire others to give that he would increase his giving, so Mike’s total gifts and pledges to this project is $150,000,” Bell said. “Our community is certainly grateful to June Myles and the Myles Family Foundation. June serves as a member of our foundation board of directors and saw this as an opportunity for she and her foundation to give a gift that truly had the potential to touch every life in our community.”
Dr. Chris Goode, medical director of the Myles Emergency Center, explained the renovations have made the Davis Medical Center emergency department a state-of-the-art facility.
“What you have behind you is a 21st century emergency department. It is a location that matches the skill and compassion of the people that are inside it. It will, for the next 20-plus years, bring the best of everything,” he said. “It has the best technology and it has the best design from an operational flow standpoint. … From a patient safety and from a patient privacy standpoint it is above and beyond everything.
“There were designs — that are in this emergency department — that were taken from some of the best designs nationwide. Please trust me when I tell you what you have here is an A-plus emergency department that will serve this community for many, many years.”
Davis Health System Board of Directors President Bridgette Wilson added she believes it’s a positive to have an upgraded facility, such as Myles Emergency Center, within the community.
“Thank you to the staff, the providers, the volunteers, the families, businesses and individuals alike for helping Davis Medical Center deliver on its promise to bring better health to life,” Wilson said. “I know from first-hand experience — anyone that knows me, I have two boys that spend more time in the emergency room than I’d like to admit – but it’s such a wonderful thing to know that we have this state-of-the-art facility available around the clock. I’m very grateful to everyone and every dollar raised that helps bring this amazing facility, that is top of the line, to this community.”
Vance Jackson, Davis Health System president and CEO, concluded Thursday’s presentation, applauding the hard work of the construction crews who completed the renovations as well as hospital staff that continued their normal duties throughout the construction process. Steve Johnson, Davis Health System director of environmental services, utilized the talents of several local contractors throughout the job.
“I want to thank all of the construction staff. It has been a tremendous effort on their part, the last few weeks especially, to get this ready. We want to thank the ER staff for putting up with all this construction. I came back here at times and thought ‘How are they doing this?’ with all this going on because it can get loud at times. …” Vance said. “I want to thank all the staff and the construction crews for working as hard as they have – and they still have a little bit left to do. I am very thankful for their efforts because they have gone above and beyond in their efforts to get this done.”
The new 14,000 square-foot emergency department incorporates 23 private treatment rooms, two isolation rooms for safety and infection control measures, two trauma bays for critical care, a new waiting area with a dedicated security area, a meditation and counseling room for concerned or grieving families, centralized nurses stations in the main and fast track patient areas, additional patient and family restrooms, a weather-protected entrance for walk-in and ambulance arrivals, and design consideration for both bariatric and geriatric patients.
On average the Davis Medical Center emergency department sees 30,000 patients each year, accepting critically ill and injured patients from Tucker, Randolph, Pocahontas and Upshur counties.
The last renovation was completed in 1994. The “Transforming Care Together” capital campaign kicked off in the fall of 2016 with a goal of raising $2 million for the new emergency department.