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Just what the doctor ordered: Shepherdstown medical office building to open in September
August 28, 2020

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SHEPHERDSTOWN After months of construction, Shepherdstown's newest medical office building will be opening this coming month.

The building will be the first chain medical clinic in Shepherdstown, and will open in the middle of September, according to WVU Medicine East officials in a press release. The purchase of the building's 1.44 acres was finalized on Dec. 13, 2019. The building's construction began soon after that, and was originally intended to be completed this month.

"Shepherdstown is an area of Jefferson County that had been identified as not having a sufficient number of medical providers. We have been looking for property in Shepherdstown for several years," said WVU Medicine East Vice President of Marketing and Development Teresa McCabe at the time of the purchase's completion. "We want to provide the residents of Shepherdstown improved, convenient access to health care services."

According to a press release from McCabe, the 10,700 square foot building, located to the right of the Sheets outside of the Corporation of Shepherdstown borders, will offer primary and specialty care services. Berkeley Medical Center will work with the clinic to operate x-ray and laboratory services as a convenience for patients in Shepherdstown.

According to Aaron Henry, vice president of ambulatory operations, the primary care office will be staffed by two family medicine physicians and a pediatrician.

"We are excited to provide high quality healthcare services in the Shepherdstown area," Henry said. "We have plans to add more primary care providers as the practice grows and will offer a number of our specialty services such as behavioral health and cardiology on a rotating basis."

According to Henry, the selection of the clinic's permanent staff members has been completed, including pediatrician Dr. Maninder Kaur and family medicine physicians Dr. Christopher Bellew and Dr. Rebecca Thompson.

However, some details staffing details have yet to be determined, according to Henry. The final decision on which WVU Medicine East specialists will offer clinics in Shepherdstown has not yet been made. The specialists who end up having regular hours at the new location may include sports medicine and orthopaedic surgeons, according to McCabe. McCabe mentioned that this would be a natural progression for WVU Medicine East, as many of these specialists already have a working relationship with the Shepherd University Athletics Department.

"While this will be WVU Medicine East's first official presence in town, its representatives have already an established working relationship with the Shepherd University Athletics Department, which will be continued in the coming months," McCabe said, mentioning WVU Medicine East's specialists have worked as SU team physicians since the beginning of the 2019-2020 school year.

Along with creating space for WVU Medicine East's medical practitioners, the one-story medical building will also have 2,300 square feet of shelled space that will be used in the future by the WVU School of Medicine Eastern Campus to establish a teaching kitchen.

Dr. Christopher Bellew, Dr. Rebecca Thompson and Dr. Maninder Kaur are now accepting new patients and appointments for September. To schedule an appointment, call 304-876-6343.

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