HFCH Celebrates a Milestone
The first phase of reconstructed patient rooms is complete

Supporters, donors, local and national leaders and physicians and hospital staff celebrated a milestone for the Hoops Family Children’s Hospital Tuesday at a ceremonial ribbon cutting for the first completed phase of the construction project.

Guests were given a sneak peek at the treatment, procedure and play rooms  as well as the first eight patient-ready rooms, including the unique features and upgrades that make the environment family- and child-friendly. These rooms will be used beginning next week, when the project moves to the next phase, which includes reconstructing rooms for the hospital’s Pediatric Intensive Care Unit.

Walls designed to resemble train cars line one side of the hallway reflect the unit's river and rail theme. Photo courtesy of Sholten Singer/The Herald-Dispatch

“Today we celebrate the completion of just one piece of this important project that has been a dream of mine, this hospital’s staff, past and present, and of the community that supports Cabell Huntington Hospital,” said Brent Marsteller, President and CEO of Cabell Huntington Hospital. “The Hoops Family Children’s Hospital has been made possible because of our generous donors and the hard work of our staff, physicians and volunteers, who are passionate about providing the best possible care for sick and injured children. We look forward to the day when this building project is completed and we will have a facility that will provide care and comfort to the children of our community for generations to come.”

Fundraising began in 2008 and has nearly surpassed $13 million, even though the original goal was $12 million. Donations and pledges have come from businesses, organizations, volunteers and individuals in many amounts and in many creative ways. The scope and cost of the reconstruction has increased so that more improved services and facilities can be available to the experienced pediatric specialists who provide care.

Rooms accomodate pediatric patients of all ages. Photo courtesy of Sholten Singer/The Herald-Dispatch.

“When we began this process, we asked our community and region to help our children and grandchildren get the quality healthcare they deserve right here at home," said David Graley, President and Chief Operating Officer of the Cabell Huntington Hospital Foundation. "The community’s response was a resounding ‘yes’, as shown by the nearly $13 million in donations and pledges during the past few years alone. We are grateful to all who have been involved in making this dream a reality."

When completed, the Hoops Family Children’s Hospital will have large rooms with private bathrooms and showers, with lots of special features to comfort and delight young patients. Construction is progressing in phases so no patient care areas have to close during reconstruction.