Highland-Clarksburg Hospital Adult Wing Completed: Opening in March

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From: Clarksburg Exponent

By: Jim Davis

The recently completed adult wing at Highland-Clarksburg Hospital should be staffed and ready to treat patients in mid-March, according to officials with the mental health provider.

Meanwhile, eight people have expressed interest so far in the chief operating officer’s vacancy, the officials said.

The 36-bed unit for adults who are intellectually delayed or have substance-abuse issues was completed in January, said Mike Casdorph, who is serving as interim administrator.

Both the state Fire Marshal’s Office and the state Office of Health Facility Licensure and Certification have given the unit a clean bill of health, Casdorph said.

“The final unit will probably be occupied around March 15 as we finalize staffing,” he said. “We’re getting ready to do a job fair to get additional staff on board.”

The job fair will be March 4 at the hospital. Hours will be 3:30-8 p.m.

Additional psychiatrists, nurse practitioners, behavioral health technicians, social workers and case managers are needed, said Dr. Marilou Patalinjug Tyner, the hospital’s medical director.

The mental health provider is looking to hire an additional 25 staff, bringing the work force to 150, Casdorph said.

Full employment should reach 290 once all of the hospital’s 150 beds are in use, Casdorph said.

About 250 patients have been treated at the psychiatric facility so far, Casdorph said. That includes 233 children and adolescents and 11 forensic patients.        

The 35-bed children and adolescent’s unit opened Aug. 19, while the 55-bed forensic unit opened Dec. 2.

The current daily census is 11 children and adolescents and 10 forensic patients.

Casdorph attributed the low volume of children and adolescents to the cold weather.

“We think the census is down because schools have been closed, and a lot of referrals come from the school system,” Casdorph said.

As for the forensic wing, the hospital is building up its patient load gradually, Casdorph said.  

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