The new WVU Heart and Vascular Institute at Berkeley Medical Center was unveiled Monday.
Officials said it’s a branch of the WVU Medicine and Heart and Vascular Institute, based in Morgantown, allowing experts to provide more heart care services to patients in the Eastern Panhandle.
“Traveling across the state, traveling to other states or in other hospitals in different regions will no longer be necessary since we will be providing all of the advance care we can here,” Dr. Vinay Badhwar, Executive Chair, WVU Heart and Vascular Institute, said.
“It also brings us closer now to the patients that are more north, east and west of us. So, that way, the area surrounding Martinsburg will be able to get to us faster,” Dr. Ajay Virmani, Regional Director of Cardiovascular Services, said.
Cardiologists said with the large elderly population in the area as well as heavy meat-based diets, there is a strong need for cardiovascular care services.
They also said their cath labs are expanding and are offering electrical cardiology.
“This is really to keep giving advanced access and technology to every citizen in this state, and of course, this is an extremely important spot for that,” Dr. Badhwar said.
“Anyone having a heart attack in the community is able to hit our emergency department via our ambulance, and we work very well with our local ambulance services in order to get that patient here on a timely basis. Then, the necessary protocols are in place to save that patient’s life,” Dr. Anthony Zelenka, President and CEO, Berkeley Medical Center, said.
Officials said they are glad they can reach more patients in rural areas with this expansion.