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'This is a place where we're going to be proud to be a Mountaineer'

Former WVU and NFL quarterback Jeff Hostetler is asking Mountaineer Nation to come together to help raise the $60 million needed to build a new WVU Medicine Children’s Hospital.

Hostetler serves as co-chair of the ‘Grow Children’s’ campaign and has become a champion and spokesperson for WVU Medicine Children’s over the years.

“As a parent that’s gone through it, I get chills when I start talking about this new facility,” he said. “You may not understand it, but at some point, you’re going to experience the need for this hospital – whether it’s your own child, a grandchild, a friend or a relative.

To have a state-of-the-art, top notch facility with great doctors, nurses and staff, here, in Morgantown, is going to be awesome,” he said. “I think we’re going to have such a huge impact not only on the people of our state, but on those surrounding our state.”  

The fully integrated facility will provide specialized, high-level care in areas such as comprehensive heart, pulmonary, neuro, cancer, orthopedic, dental, craniomaxillofacial, ENT, ophthalmology, gastrointestinal, urology, surgical, and trauma.

The 150-bed, nine-story tower adjacent to J.W. Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown, is scheduled to be completed in early 2021. The tower will include:
  • Diagnostic imaging and a laboratory
  • Dedicated Emergency Department
  • Operating rooms, cardiac catheterization, interventional radiology, and endoscopy facilities
  • A 34-bed Pediatric Acute Care Unit, including six beds available for Hematology/Oncology
  • A 31-bed Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, including six beds available for epilepsy monitoring
  • A 54-bed Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
  • A 30-bed Birthing Center
  • A Medical Office Building, Cancer Institute, Heart and Vascular Institute, and Maternal-Fetal Medicine clinics
  • Dental and eye procedure rooms
  • Inpatient and outpatient pharmacy facilities
  • Family Resource Center
  • Cafeteria
The new state-of-the-art hospital will serve the state and region providing care to our smallest citizens, while keeping our families close to home through our clinics and community hospitals.

“For those that have given already, I’m so grateful for that,” Hostetler said. “Just because you’ve done it, don’t stop – keep doing what you’re doing. On those that haven’t yet, I encourage you to do it.”

Your support will help build hope and healing for generations to come.

Individuals or businesses interested in supporting the WVU Medicine Children’s ‘Grow Children’s’ capital campaign can call 304-598-4346 or visit

“We always get this bad rap, but we can come together and say ‘This is what we do as Mountaineers,’” Hostetler said. “This is the facility, these are the doctors that we bring in to help our families.

“This is going to be a place where we’re going to be proud to be a Mountaineer," he continued. "We’re going to be proud to have this facility here in Morgantown, West Virginia."

Watch the video above for more from Hostetler.

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