FAIRMONT, W.Va. — WVU Medicine has officially opened the $1.5 million expansion at the Fairmont Gateway Clinic.
Clinic Manager Michelle Wilson said the urgent care will move into the new portion and expand adult and pediatric primary care and specialty care.
“It was a shell space in the clinic that when we originally built five years ago was left undeveloped until we decided the greatest community need in our area,” Wilson said.
In 2022, the clinic reported 77,000 patient visits and a 45% increase in patients since 2020. The urgent care unit is open 363 days a year, closing only on Thanksgiving and Christmas.
“It was time to develop that other part of the clinic to increase access for patients so we can keep appointment times and reduce the time to wait—that type of thing,” Wilson said.
Initially, it was planned to use the extra space for MRI and CT imaging, but as patient counts increased, it was determined the community needed more access to care.
“We’ve added an additional 11 exam rooms, five operation rooms that will support the clinic like a clean utility room and office space, plus a procedure room,” Wilson said.
The Fairmont Gateway Clinic currently provides 13 services:
“A lot of the doctors that are here also practice in Morgantown,” Wilson said. “So, they’re getting the same high-quality care, but they’re receiving it in their home town, so it is much more accessible.”
The Fairmont Gateway Clinic is visible from the interstate and accessible from Interstate 79 exit 136.