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Morgantown City Officials: Prospect of WVU Hospitals Expansion Good News For Local Economy
Written by Andrew Forgotch
Last updated on February 18, 2013 @ 7:38PM
Created on February 18, 2013 @ 6:07PM
 
On Friday 5 News reported that officials with WVU Hospitals unveiled plans to build a new three story facility that would be used for some out patient services.
 
Between that project and a tower expansion project at Ruby it's expected that 800 jobs will come to the area.
 
That's good news for local economies.
 
The newest proposal is slated to cost around $52-million and will be built at the University Town Centre in Granville. WVU Hospital officials said they expect the 109,000-sqaurefoot facility to include 127 exam rooms.
 
If all goes smoothly the project could be finished in 2016, the same time a proposed new interchange to Interstate 79 would be finished.
 
That news comes months after hospital officials got the green light for another massive expansion. That project will add a ten story tower and about 750 jobs in the Morgantown.
 
Jeff Mikorski, the Interim City Manager of Morgantown, said that's good news for Morgantown.
 
Mikorski told 5 News that  the hospital is one of the things that drives the Morgantown economy. He said if the hospital is doing well the city will follow.
 
"It's great news to know that the economic engines that are effecting the community,  both the WVU and WVU Hospitals are continuing to grow and expand," Mikorski said.
 
WVU Hospital officials hope to submit a Certificate of Need application to the state's health Care Authority later this week.
 

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