CLARKSBURG – As United Hospital Center (UHC) of Clarksburg is expected to move this fall into their new building, another health care facility is moving into its place. Highland Hospital recently met with city officials to announce plans that have been two years in the making for a behavioral health complex.
Highland, based out of Charleston, W. Va., is a not-for-profit psychiatric hospital. After completing $34 million worth of renovations to the UHC building, it is expected to open in spring of 2011 with 325 inpatient beds. This new facility is expected to create 400 new jobs with an average salary of $40,000 including benefits and a 401k.
“This is probably one of the biggest economic booms in Clarksburg that we’ve had in many years,” Clarksburg Mayor, Margaret Bailey told WBOY-TV. “These are not jobs moving from one side of the county to the other. These jobs coming in and they’re being newly created.”
With a 8.6% state unemployment rate as of December (source: US Bureau of Labor Statistics), city officials are expecting Highland Hospital to bring a new aspect to patient care to the area which will boost West Virginia economy. Patients from north central West Virginia who would typically drive to Charleston or go out of state can now be treated conveniently in Harrison County.
“This is a great opportunity for Harrison County and for Clarksburg,” Martin Howe, Clarksburg City Manager said. Now there will be three medical facilities in the area including UHC and VA Hospital.
In October 2010 UHC will move to Jerry Dove Drive in Bridgeport in a new building worth $278 million with 289 private inpatient rooms and 24 observation rooms. Upon opening an additional 60 full time positions will be created.