GLEN DALE, W.Va. – WVU Medicine Reynolds Memorial Hospital celebrated the opening of its new WVU Medicine Children’s Women’s and Newborn Center yesterday (Oct. 24).

Before joining WVU Medicine, Reynolds Memorial had to close its labor and delivery unit.

(From left to right) Mary Clegg, Women’s and Newborn Center nurse; Margaret Denny, Director of Nursing, Reynolds Memorial Hospital; Mike Ortiz, VP of Clinical Operations, Reynolds Memorial Hospital; David Hess, M.D., president and CEO, Reynolds Memorial Hospital; Nicole Carlson, M.D., Reynolds Memorial Hospital; Bernie Twigg, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Reynolds Memorial Hospital; Kathy Meyer, Women’s and Newborn Center Nurse Manager, Reynolds Memorial Hospital; Albert L. Wright, Jr., president and CEO, WVU Health System; and Amanda Zelkowski-Elliott, Women’s and Newborn Center nurse, Reynolds Memorial Hospital
(From left to right) Mary Clegg, Women’s and Newborn Center nurse; Margaret Denny, Director of Nursing, Reynolds Memorial Hospital; Mike Ortiz, VP of Clinical Operations, Reynolds Memorial Hospital; David Hess, M.D., president and CEO, Reynolds Memorial Hospital; Nicole Carlson, M.D., Reynolds Memorial Hospital; Bernie Twigg, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Reynolds Memorial Hospital; Kathy Meyer, Women’s and Newborn Center Nurse Manager, Reynolds Memorial Hospital; Albert L. Wright, Jr., president and CEO, WVU Health System; and Amanda Zelkowski-Elliott, Women’s and Newborn Center nurse, Reynolds Memorial Hospital

“I got so much feedback from the community after we closed the program, that they were born at this hospital, and that they wanted us to open the program back up," David Hess, M.D., president and CEO of Reynolds, said. “We know the need is here. We know the desire is here to deliver back in their own community. We brought it back for them."

Earlier this month, Reynolds added board-certified obstetrician and gynecologist Nicole Carlson, M.D.

“What we will be able to offer different from other community hospitals is that I will be the physician that you will see for every single appointment, for your delivery, and for your postpartum care,” Dr. Carlson said. “You won’t have to bounce around between providers throughout your pregnancy.”

The Women’s and Newborn Center at Reynolds gives women and children in the Northern Panhandle access to the same quality care as the WVU Medicine Children’s in Morgantown.

“For women living up and down the Route 2 corridor, when you get down into Wetzel County and Sistersville and here in Marshall County, this is a great convenience,” Albert L. Wright, Jr., president and CEO of the WVU Health System, said. “People want to stay local for healthcare whenever they can.”

The Women’s and Newborn Center is located on the second floor of the hospital and includes brand new equipment, three labor and delivery rooms, five postpartum rooms, and a nursery. To schedule an appointment, call 304-843-1100.