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Valley Health marks a milestone

May. 21, 2013 @ 06:44 AM

HUNTINGTON — Valley Health Systems marked another milestone in serving the health care needs of the Tri-State Monday morning, with a dedication ceremony and ribbon-cutting at its new $8.7 million, 24,000-square-foot East Huntington location on U.S. 60 in Huntington.

As a project made possible with funding from the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, Valley Health — East Huntington is the largest and most comprehensive health care facility in the company’s 38-year history, housing a variety of primary care disciplines as well as serving as its corporate headquarters.

“Valley Health — East Huntington is a shining example of a health home,” said Steve Shattls, Valley Health CEO and executive director. “It clearly demonstrates our vision of providing patient-centered medical services from prenatal and OB/GYN care to pediatric care through geriatric care under one roof. The concept of serving all primary health care needs of a patient at any age and making the health center a health home is very special.”

The new facility, which houses family medicine, internal medicine, OB/GYN, dentistry, behavioral health, psychiatry and psychology, and pharmacy services is located adjacent to Prestera Center and near Walmart. The health center also offers a laboratory, X-ray and ultrasound services.

West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin was on hand for the ceremony and cut the ribbon. He called Valley Health “a blessing” for West Virginians.

“I can’t say enough about Valley Health and the amount of health care they provide here in West Virginia. It is truly a blessing to have a service provider like this in our state,” Tomblin said.

Tomblin said Valley Health will play a key role in providing care to an additional 100,000 individuals who will be covered under an expanded Medicaid, a decision Tomblin made just last week, as well as helping to make headway in the state’s substance abuse crisis.

“This center is really a plus for Huntington, Cabell County and southern West Virginia,” Tomblin said.
 

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