In a time when most businesses are tightening their belts to help make ends meet, Davis Health System is expanding its services and adding programs with patient care, comfort and convenience in mind.
Direct Care of Elkins is a walk-in clinic for busy people with acute, non-emergent conditions such as sore throats, ear aches, burns, strains, sprains and cuts. Direct Care frees up staff at Davis Memorial Hospital Emergency Department to see patients with emergencies. The clinic helps patients with minor injuries and illness to be helped quicker. Direct Care also is more cost-effective than a visit to the emergency room.
Broaddus Hospital in Philippi recently added use of an MRI imaging service utilizing an Espree Open Bore system, which features a large opening of more than 27 inches.
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Davis Health System broke ground on a new addition to Davis Memorial Hospital in November 2011. The $13 million addition will connect to the current building and create a new patient entrance. Some of the area under construction is shown here.
The Espree scanner can accommodate a variety of patients including those weighing up to 550 pounds, those who are anxious or those who may like more space.
"It is important to note that between 5 to 11 percent of patients who schedule MRI exams are known to suffer from claustrophobia and an added 7 percent would experience claustrophobia before or during a scan using the older, more confining models," said Cindy Britton, director of radiology at Broaddus Hospital. "This open bore MRI will significantly improve the patient experience."
The MRI is available at Broaddus Hospital on Sundays by appointment only, giving patients the opportunity to receive services close to home.
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The Davis House, located on the campus of Davis Memorial Hospital, will offer cancer patients and a family member a home away from home when it is necessary to travel miles and miles to the Cancer Care Center in Elkins for treatment.
Dan Bucher, special projects coordinator for the Davis Health System Foundation, said more than 30 percent of patients receiving cancer treatment travel from at least 50 miles away. He said not having to worry about where to stay or having to pay for lodging will allow patients to focus on getting well.
The Davis House will be located in a historic property at the corner of Reed Street and Harrison Avenue.
The largest addition to Davis Health System began in November with a groundbreaking for a $13 million initiative, which will add a 73,000-square-foot addition to Davis Memorial Hospital.
This addition is designed to provide easier access to patients. The space will have exam rooms, minor procedure rooms and a registration area.
Rather than patients going to specialists, the specialists will be located in the addition. This will include family practice, surgery, pediatrics, obstetrics, gynecology and other health care services.
Davis Health System CEO Mark Doak said renovations to the outpatient services area will provide improved space for that growing segment of health care. When completed, the project will allow convenient access for patients and visitors to laboratory, radiology, day surgery and other outpatient services.
When the project is completed, work will begin to expand Davis Memorial Hospital's emergency department and increase the number of inpatient private rooms available.