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Wheeling Hospital announces new $34 million continuous care center

A new $34 million continuous care center will soon open in Ohio County, officials at Wheeling Hospital announced Thursday morning.

A new, $34 million continuous care center will soon open in Ohio County, officials at Wheeling Hospital announced Thursday morning.

The large construction project hasn’t exactly been a secret the last few months because you can see it from the highway atop a hill above Wheeling Hospital.

"Many have been asking what's being built on the hill above Wheeling Hospital. It's an obvious part of the skyline now,” said Gregg Warren, vice president of marking & public relations at Wheeling Hospital. “As you drive down the interstate, you can see this massive building going up.”

The new facility is expected to open in early 2018 and will offer more beds than the smaller Bishop Joseph Hodges Continuous Care Facility -- 144 to be exact.

It will offer a host of other amentities as well.

"The dining services will have an overhaul,” said Christine Tarr, administrator, Bishop Joseph H. Hodges Continuous Care Facility. “We will have fine dining, restaurant-style dining rooms, the spa will have a jet tub and a beauty salon.

“All private rooms, bathrooms that if you spend any time at one of these places, you'll find that gives people back their dignity. It really does," said Ron Violi, CEO, Wheeling Hospital.

There will also be a large chapel and a healing garden.

“We don't want it to look like an institution," Violi said. "We want it to look as close to home as we can get. It makes it easier for patents and families.”

The former continuous care building will still be used by the hospital. Specific plans have not been announced.

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