Ground broken Friday for the Children's Hospital at Cabell Huntington Hospital

 

From left to right: David Graley, VP & COO of the CHH Foundation; CHH President and CEO Brent Marsteller; Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin; U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall and Jeffery A. Hoops, President and CEO of Revelation Energy and the Hoops Family Foundation, were joined by children to mark the beginning of construction on the Hoops Family Children's Hospital.

Ground was broken today during a celebration along Hal Greer Boulevard at Cabell Huntington Hospital on the first phase of the Children's Hospital project that has raised more than $11 million toward the campaign goal of $12 million from community businesses, individuals and state leaders.

U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall and Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin joined Cabell Huntington Hospital President and Chief Executive Officer Brent Marsteller and Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Cabell Huntington Hospital Foundation David Graley, along with donors, area physicians and hospital employees, to mark the beginning of construction on a new entrance that will eventually lead to newly reconstructed pediatric care areas of the hospital.

When completed by 2015, the Children's Hospital at Cabell Huntington Hospital will include an easy-to-access new entrance that will be created during construction beginning this June and to be completed by the end of 2012. During phase two, set to begin in 2013 on the hospital's fifth floor, the 26-bed Pediatric Medical/Surgical Unit and the 10-bed Pediatric Intensive Care Unit will both be reconstructed.

Phase one will also include child-friendly areas and colorful and inviting spaces that make the hospital more welcoming to children and their families. A separate elevator and corridor will create an entry for children that will be set apart from other patient areas within the hospital.

"At Cabell Huntington Hospital, every day we meet ill and injured babies and children in need of hope and healing, and their families entrust us with their care," Marsteller said. "This is an enormous responsibility that we embrace with compassion and commitment, and it has been the driving force behind the Children's Hospital project since its inception."

Funding for the new entrance was made possible, in large part, by a $650,000 federal appropriations grant secured by Congressman Rahall.

 "Our children's health is a national priority. Cabell Huntington's focus on our most precious resource and the future of our country is right on target, and I was pleased to have had a hand in securing federal funds to assist that effort," said Congressman Rahall.  "The federal investment I helped secure joins a broad spectrum of community support including the tremendous generosity of Mr. Hoops. The collective support for the children's hospital project reflects an entire community's hopes.  It is no overstatement to say all of southern West Virginia is counting on its success."

Gov. Tomblin reiterated the important role of the Children's Hospital and praised the community support.

"As a parent and as Governor, I am grateful the Tri-State region can rely upon Cabell Huntington Hospital and the Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine to provide the care and specialists our children need," Gov. Tomblin said. "This care would not be possible without community financial supporters like Jeffery Hoops and the Hoops Family Foundation. Their donations create an environment where young patients and their families can feel at ease while receiving the care they need."

On Friday, The Hoops Family Foundation, Jeffery and Patricia Hoops, their children and grandchildren were thanked for their generosity in pledging the $3 million lead gift for the project, and Cabell Huntington Hospital officials recognized that gift by naming the Children's Hospital for the Hoops family.

"My prayer every morning is for wisdom and for God to allow me to make a positive difference in the world," said Jeffery A. Hoops, President and Chief Executive Officer of Revelation Energy and the Hoops Family Foundation. "This project is contagious, as it makes you give money you do not have to build a building you cannot see to help people you will never know on this side of Heaven."

Fundraising for the project began in 2007 and has brought together individual donors of all ages and corporate donors of all kinds. Young children have participated in fundraising projects and have pledged their birthday money to the project and businesses with far-reaching influence on the community have committed to creating a modern healthcare facility for children in the Tri-State.

"Today we witness the birth of the Hoops Family Children's Hospital. Tomorrow, with the community's help, we need to begin to nurture it and watch it grow and thrive and mature," Graley said. "We need to dream new dreams for the benefit of our children and give sacrificially to those that can't help themselves."

Cabell Huntington Hospital's pediatric service, supported by the pediatric specialists at the Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, provides treatment for children with a wide range of needs from minor illnesses to life-threatening injuries from throughout southern West Virginia and counties throughout eastern Kentucky and southeastern Ohio.

"Today we witness the birth of the Hoops Family Children's Hospital. Tomorrow, with the community's help, we need to begin to nurture it and watch it grow and thrive and mature," Graley said. "We need to dream new dreams for the benefit of our children and give sacrificially to those that can't help themselves."

Cabell Huntington Hospital's pediatric service, supported by the pediatric specialists at the Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, provides treatment for children with a wide range of needs from minor illnesses to life-threatening injuries from throughout southern West Virginia and counties throughout eastern Kentucky and southeastern Ohio.

  • Last updated: 05/11/2012
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