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Marietta Memorial Hospital Breaks Ground on Belpre Emergency Department
Posted on: 04/25/2013
By  Andy Rex
 
Marietta Memorial Hospital’s Belpre campus continues to expand, with the announcement yesterday of a new 57,000 square foot building.
 
Scott Cantley, president and CEO of Memorial Health System, says “This one will house an emergency department – the region’s first free-standing emergency department, as well as endoscopy surgical suites.  And, it’s additional expansion for other hospital-based ambulatory services or physician offices.”
 
This is the third building at the Farson Street campus. The $25 million project should be finished next spring. Cantley says the success of the other facilities prompted another expansion.

“We have been so impressed with the response from Parkersburg and Belpre to our facilities that it makes this a very easy decision to continue to plan for new growth and new services here in Belpre,” Cantley states.
 
Belpre Mayor Mike Lorentz says Memorial’s investments are bringing multiple benefits to the city.
 
“We are about a 42 percent retirement or elderly community. These are services that are needed. Plus the job opportunities and the professionals moving to our city is going to create a different atmosphere, for education, for our way of life here in the city. And Marietta Memorial is now our largest employer,” says Mayor Lorentz, who adds that the city and ODOT will soon begin widening Farson Street, including turn lanes, to stay ahead of increasing traffic.
 
Cantley says the health system wanted to make sure the Belpre area has access to its emergency services, as demand for such services continues to grow.
 
“That’s what we focus on in our ER’s. Certainly, as we’ve grown our presence here in Belpre, we certainly know the access and the convenience is there.  The emergency services piece, which has grown so much in Marietta – at both our Selby and Memorial locations – we felt like that was the right next step for this campus as well.”  
 
 


Pictured (L - R):  Pat Minnite, the PM Company; Scott Cantley, CEO of the Memorial Health System; Tom Tucker, Memorial Health System Board Chairman; Dr. Dan Breece, Medical Director of the Marietta Memorial and Belpre Emergency Departments; Mike Lorentz, Belpre Mayor
 
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