A new $56 million addition and renovation of Camden-Clark hospital in Parkersburg will carry them into the next 100 years.

Gov. Joe Manchin joined local dignitaries and hospital leaders yesterday to dedicate the new addition, which is the biggest since the hospital was built in 1897.

The addition includes 175,000 square feet in four stories, and features the very latest in state of the art healthcare equipment and facilities.

It houses four 800-square foot and seven 600-square foot operating rooms.

The new facilities will also include advanced critical care and acute care units, 36 private patient rooms, and 37 same day care rooms.

Hospital officials made the decision early in the three-year project to hire only local contractors for the job.

Camden Clark administrators believe the new facility fulfills their mission of becoming the mid-Ohio Valley's regional medical center.