VIDEO: Final WVU Medicine Children's beam glides into place

WVU Medicine commemorated the placing of the final steel beam on the new nine-story WVU Medicine Children’s Hospital during a virtual topping out ceremony yesterday (Tuesday, June 23).

Speakers at the topping out ceremony included:

  • Albert L. Wright, Jr., president and CEO, WVU Health System
  • Amy Bush-Marone, chief operating officer, WVU Medicine Children's
  • Gordon Gee, president, WVU; board chair, WVU Health System
  • Allison Anderson, director, Spiritual Care and Education
  • Dan Meadows, project executive, Yates Construction
  • John Schrott, president and lead architect, IKM

The event's media sponsor was WBOY/Nexstar Media Group. Promotional videos for the event are available here. Watch below as the tower's final steel beam rises from the ground and is secured into its place.

"It’s an exciting time for WVU Medicine Children’s," Bush-Marone said. "Our new hospital is going to expand our capacity to care for our most precious and vulnerable population – the children of West Virginia and the surrounding region. The dream is becoming a reality."

The new facility, which will open next year, will include:

  • A dedicated emergency department
  • Operating rooms, cardiac catheterization, interventional radiology, and endoscopy facilities
  • A 34-bed Pediatric Acute Care Unit, including six beds available for hematology/oncology
  • A 27-bed Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, including six beds available for epilepsy monitoring
  • A 50-bed Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
  • A 30-bed Birthing Center
  • A medical office building
  • Cancer Institute and Maternal-Fetal Medicine clinics
  • Dental and eye procedure rooms
  • A Family Resource Center

For more information on WVU Medicine Children's, including ways to support the "Grow Children's" Capital Campaign, visit