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Wheeling Hospital’s Tower 5 to Open, Reaches New Heights in Healthcare

WHEELING, W.Va. – Wheeling Hospital’s new Tower 5, is set to open. The seven-story building addition, at 144,000-square-feet, actually is larger than the hospital itself. During construction, hundreds of members of various building trades worked on the project.

“Tower 5 is the result of what can occur when the best minds in healthcare, architecture and technology work together. This ultra-modern, state-of-the-art facility was designed with a single purpose – to provide the most-efficient and effective patient care possible. It truly has taken healthcare in our region to a higher level,” said Ron Violi, Wheeling Hospital CEO.


The tower’s first floor features the 23,000-square-foot Emergency/Trauma Center, more than three times larger than the current Emergency Room. Other features of the department include:

  • Drive-up entrance
  • Separate ambulance entrance
  • 30 private exam rooms with flat screen TVs
  • Four trauma rooms (two rooms connected)
  • Dedicated radiology room with digital-instant image
  • Dedicated 128-slice CT scan (the only one in the region)
  • Med gasses in hallway to handle mass casualty situations
  • Two custom-made elevators for patients and staff
  • Security system for privacy and patient protection
  • Large comfortable waiting area

The second floor Center for Pediatrics features:

  • 22 pediatric rooms
  • Two treatment rooms
  • Pull-out sleeper sofa and glide chair in each room
  • Two isolation rooms. (one room holds two children)
  • Toddler play room
  • Adolescent media room
  • Nurses can view two patients at once from hallways
  • Security system for privacy and patient security
  • High-definition security cameras
  • Nourishment centers

On the third floor, Center for Critical Care:

  • 22 new Stryker critical care beds
  • All rooms equipped for dialysis
  • Staff lounger/locker rooms centralized in center of care
  • Nurses can view two patients at once from hallways
  • Two bariatric lifts with 1,000-pound capacity
  • Own stat lab (blood gases/chemistry)
  • Sleep recliners and slide chairs in rooms for visitors
  • Large comfortable waiting area

The surgical unit on the fourth floor will include 22 private beds, pull-out sleeper sofas and ortho recliners with higher foot stools. The fifth and sixth floors are semi-finished. In the near future, work will resume on the two floors to accommodate patient rooms and medical services. On the seventh floor will be physician office space with two large and two medium suites.

“The tower was designed to provide ample space for our medical staff to treat patients and for the comfort of our visitors,” said Violi. We believe the tower will change the way area residents look at healthcare.”

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Posted April 16, 2012

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