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Valley Health opens East Huntington center

Nov. 22, 2012 @ 12:00 AM

Valley Health Systems Inc. has opened its new office, Valley Health -- East Huntington, at 3377 U.S. 60 in Huntington. The project that was in the planning stages for three years is now open and accepting new patients.

The $8.7 million facility spans 24,000-square-feet and is Valley Health's largest and most comprehensive health center to date. It's also the new administrative headquarters, which was formerly located on 3rd Avenue in Huntington.

"The opening of Valley Health -- East Huntington is a landmark occasion for Valley Health and its patients," Steve Shattls, executive director and CEO of Valley Health, said in a press release. "In the more than 35 years Valley Health has been operational, we have come a long way from the three health centers that we started this organization with in 1976. Today, Valley Health serves nearly 70,000 patients each year, and the new state-of-the-art facility we have in Valley Health -- East Huntington represents the next chapter in our continuing journey toward making excellent care and critical services accessible to all residents of the region."

Funding for Valley Health -- East Huntington was made possible under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010. The center is furnished with medical examining rooms, dental operatories, behavioral health treatment rooms and group therapy rooms which bring primary care services such as family medicine, internal medicine, ob-gyn, dentistry, psychiatry and psychology together under one roof. The health center also offers lab and ultrasound services as well as a full-service pharmacy.

The Valley Health Systems network operates 33 centers across southwestern West Virginia and southern Ohio. To make a medical appointment, call 304-399-3310. To make a dental appointment, call 304-399-3311. For more information, visit www.valleyhealth.org.

HUNTINGTON MALL: A new art installation will soon be on display at the Huntington Mall.

"Hope Blossoms" is large-scale paper installation by Germany-based artist Kelly O'Brien, who created the piece for the microWave project. It will be unveiled at noon on Saturday, Dec. 8, in Center Court, right outside of Santa's Window.

The event includes an opportunity to meet the artist and a performance by Arts in Action, a Christian-based dance group. Also, the Nutcracker and his ballerina will be visiting with children from noon to 2 p.m. The installation will remain on display through May 2013.

O'Brien's art was featured at the mall last year as well. For the 2011 mall renovation project, O'Brien was commissioned by the Huntington Mall through microWave project to create a large-scale paper sculpture, titled "Grace's Garden."

The new installation is made primarily out of paper, with more than 8,000 paper flowers making up a swan dancer. A tree with handmade cherry blossoms was inspired by the artist's hometown of Washington, D.C. As a classically trained dancer, O'Brien also draws ideas from ballet. This piece is based on "Swan Lake's" Odette and Odile, who embody the dichotomy of white and black, light and dark.

MCDONALD'S: Two McDonald's locations in Huntington will be open on Thanksgiving Day. The McDonald's at 5178 U.S. 60 East will be open 24 hours, and the store inside the Walmart at 3333 U.S. 60 will be open from 7 to 11 a.m., and it will reopen at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 22.

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