The National Association of Children's Hospitals and Related Institutions (NACHRI) has accepted Cabell Huntington Hospital as one of 223 full-voting institutional members, welcoming Cabell Huntington to a group of the foremost children’s hospitals in the nation.
Cabell Huntington Hospital is one of only two hospitals in West Virginia and the only hospital in the Tri-State area to be a current member of NACHRI, a not-for-profit membership association of children's hospitals, large pediatric units of medical centers and related organizations, including those that specialize in rehabilitative and long-term care of children with serious chronic or congenital illnesses.
While Cabell Huntington is in the latter stages of a $12 million fundraising campaign to completely reconstruct the hospital’s pediatric facilities and build a separate entrance for children, its current pediatric specialists, services and facilities already constitute a children’s hospital and qualify Cabell Huntington for NACHRI membership. Of the hospital’s 313 current total licensed beds, more than 70 beds are specifically reserved for the care of sick and injured children.
Once construction is complete, the new Children's Hospital at Cabell Huntington Hospital will feature all private, child-friendly patient rooms; a bold, adventurous play area; non-threatening, yet state-of-the-art patient care facilities; and comforting family accommodations – all in a beautiful river and rail theme, designed to both appeal to children and celebrate the region’s proud heritage.
"We're very excited to get construction underway and to provide our children and their families with a level of facilities and comfort that matches the level of care our pediatric staff already provides," said Brent A. Marsteller, President and Chief Executive Officer of Cabell Huntington Hospital. "We’re pleased and proud to be accepted as a full voting member of NACHRI, and we look forward to participating in this vast communications network of professionals who truly understand the unique needs of children and their families."
"We welcome Cabell Huntington Hospital to the family of care givers devoted to improving the health of children, and we look forward to its active involvement," said NACHRI President and CEO Lawrence A. McAndrews. "Because of their singular focus on children, hospitals like Cabell Huntington Hospital are able to identify emerging trends and problems associated with the health of children and to develop treatment programs drawing on the expertise of pediatric researchers and practitioners."
With headquarters on the Virginia side of the Potomac River just across from the nation's capital, NACHRI's primary roles are advocacy for children and children’s hospitals, public policy analysis, education for its members and the public and research.