Women and Children's Hospital Vice President and Administrator Andrew Weber said it is necessary to have a center that can accommodate the "unfortunate demand that we experience." The center needs its own dedicated space, he said.
"We have to commingle these patients and their families sometimes with the oncology kids and their families and other general public in our facility. As you can imagine, it's an incredibly sensitive situation, and honestly it's not a set up that we prefer to have for the infusion center either," Weber said.
The new center will be a 2,200-square-foot building that will include at least one observation room, an exam room, a conference room, a waiting area, and two interview rooms.
They are planning for on-site parking, too. Hiring another therapist would also be helpful, Runyon said.
Weber said he would love to see the Child Advocacy Center have a brick exterior, but the current monetary goal is not priced for that.
Rachelle Beckner, senior development officer for the CAMC Foundation, said a couple of community members have showed interest in personally donating to the new building.
So far, the center has raised $20,000 through a recent gift from the Walmart Associate Choice Program. Store employees chose CAMC Women and Children's Hospital to receive the gift this year, and it will go toward the new facility, Beckner said.
Beckner said the hospital is now relying on the community's support to make the new center a reality. The Child Advocacy Center will consider naming options, too, she said.
For those who donate $500 or more, they will receive 50 percent of their gift in tax credits through the Neighborhood Investment Program. The NIP is a statewide program, through the state commerce department, that increases charitable giving to local nonprofit organizations.
The Child Advocacy Center at CAMC does not receive federal funding.
To donate to the new center, contact Beckner at 304-388-9863.
Reach Megan Workman at megan.work...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5