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Mountain Loggers Group, Inc., makes donation to new WVU Medicine Children’s tower


(From left to right) Larry Rhodes, M.D., WVU Medicine Children's pediatric cardiologist; Danny Sines, president of the Mountain Loggers Group, Inc.; Cheryl Jones, R.N., vice president of WVU Medicine Children's Nursing and associate chief nursing officer for Children's; and Cindy Liberatore, managing director of development for WVU Medicine Children's

The Mountain Loggers Group, Inc., recently made a nearly $70,000 donation toward its $500,000 pledge to name the cafeteria in the new WVU Medicine Children’s tower.

The Mountain Loggers Group presented the check to WVU Medicine Children’s on Oct. 3 following the annual Log-A-Load for Kids Auction, held in conjunction with the 83rd Mountain State Forest Festival in Elkins.

“It’s heartwarming to see an industry come together for a good cause. In a year that has been trying for the logging community, individuals and companies continue to give their time, product, and support to the Log-A-Load for Kids Auction,” Danny Sines, president of the Mountain Loggers Group, said. “We enjoy our relationship with WVU Medicine Children’s and hope to continue it for many years to come.”

At the auction, loads of logs and other donated items were sold under the names of the contributors. Proceeds from the auction are donated to WVU Medicine Children’s on behalf of the participating forestry and wood-products companies.

To date, the Mountain Loggers Group has donated more than $1.76 million to WVU Medicine Children’s.

“The members of the Mountain Loggers Group have been dedicated supporters of WVU Medicine Children’s for years,” Cheryl Jones, R.N., vice president of WVU Medicine Children’s Nursing and associate chief nursing officer for Children’s, who accepted the check at the auction, said. “We are grateful for their decision to continue that relationship by supporting our new tower, which will provide care to children and women from across the state and region.”

The 150-bed, nine-story tower is scheduled to be completed in 2021. In addition to the named cafeteria, the tower will include:

  • Diagnostic imaging and a laboratory
  • Operating rooms, cardiac catheterization, interventional radiology, and endoscopy facilities
  • A 34-bed Pediatric Acute Care Unit with six beds available for Hematology/Oncology
  • A 31-bed Pediatric Intensive Care Unit with six beds available for epilepsy monitoring
  • A 54-bed Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
  • A 30-bed Birthing Center
  • A Medical Office Building that includes a Cancer Institute, Heart and Vascular Institute, and Maternal-Fetal Medicine clinics

All of the inpatient rooms will be private, except for nine NICU rooms for twins. The tower will also include inpatient and outpatient pharmacy facilities.

The gift was made through the WVU Foundation, the non-profit organization that receives and administers private donations on behalf of the University.

Individuals and businesses interested in joining the Mountain Loggers Group, Inc., in supporting the expansion of WVU Medicine Children’s should call 304-598-4346. Additional information on the “Grow Children’s” Capital Campaign can also be found at

WVU Medicine Children’s – currently located on the sixth floor of J.W. Ruby Memorial Hospital, WVU Medicine’s flagship hospital – provides maternal, infant, and pediatric care for West Virginia and the surrounding region, giving care to high-risk mothers, premature infants, and children with life-threatening conditions through adolescence to adulthood. For more information, visit C .

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