The BB&T West Virginia Foundation gift of $150,000 bolsters the "Grow Children's" capital campaign, which seeks to raise $60 million for a new children’s hospital that will provide comprehensive healthcare services for kids and families within a dedicated state-of-the-art facility.
The BB&T West Virginia Foundation pledged $150,000 over five years to support the new WVU Medicine Children’s Hospital.
The gift bolsters the “Grow Children’s” capital campaign, which seeks to raise $60 million for a new children’s hospital that will provide comprehensive healthcare services for kids and families within a dedicated state-of-the-art facility.
“This hospital is a much-needed asset that will benefit countless families in the Mountain State and beyond,” Amy L. Bush-Marone, chief operating officer at WVU Medicine Children’s, said. “We couldn’t proceed with this incredible facility without the support of our community partners throughout West Virginia. We are so grateful to the BB&T West Virginia Foundation for this generous gift and its continued support.”
A family lounge in the newly redesigned Birthing Center will be named in recognition of the BB&T Foundation’s generous contribution. With a spa-like atmosphere, the 30-bed Birthing Center will feature 17 labor and delivery rooms, including seven with labor tubs; in-unit operating rooms for cesarean deliveries; and large inpatient rooms to allow mothers to stay with their newborns.
“Expanding the existing hospital into a dedicated facility that offers a full range of healthcare services to children and families will positively impact West Virginians and people in surrounding areas and aligns with our purpose of building and inspiring better lives and communities,” said Bobby Blakley, West Virginia regional president at BB&T (now Truist) on behalf of the BB&T West Virginia Foundation. “We are pleased to support the Grow Children’s campaign and WVU Medicine Children’s Hospital in its mission to elevate the care of all West Virginians with a focus on children and expectant mothers.”
More than $55 million has been raised to date for the 150-bed, nine-story hospital under construction next to J.W. Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown, which houses existing WVU Medicine Children’s services on its sixth floor. Slated for completion in 2021, the new facility will include:
- A Pediatric Intensive Care Unit
- A Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
- A Pediatric Acute Care Unit
- 30-bed Birthing Center, with seven labor tubs
- Private inpatient rooms with a window view
- A dedicated emergency department
- Operating rooms, cardiac catheterization, interventional radiology, and endoscopy facilities
- A medical office building, including pediatric heart and vascular institute, blood disorder and cancer center, infusion center and maternal-fetal medicine clinics
BB&T, now Truist Bank, is committed to partnering with clients and neighbors to impact its communities in meaningful ways. Over the past 12 years, the Charleston-based BB&T West Virginia Foundation has contributed nearly $573,000 to athletics, capital improvements, healthcare and scholarships at WVU.
Individuals and organizations interested in supporting the expansion of WVU Medicine Children’s can call 304-598-4346 or visit childrens.wvumedicine.org.
All gifts to the “Grow Children’s” capital campaign are made through the WVU Foundation, the nonprofit organization that receives and administers private donations on behalf of the University.