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Highland-Clarksburg celebrates one year

Highland-Clarksburg Hospital celebrated its one-year anniversary.
The facility began seeing patients in the Child and Adolescent Unit on August 19, 2013 and staff celebrated with a reception and took time to thank the community.
"The City of Clarksburg has opened their arms, the community has opened their arms," Interim Administartor Mike Casdorph said. "I think Highland has been a good community partner."
Since the opening of the first unit, the facility has expanded and served over 500 patients from children to adults throughout West Virginia, as well as Pennsylvania and Ohio.
Casdorph highlighted some of the accomplishments in the past year.
"On October 29, we became accredited by the joint commission, which was a major milestone for us," he said. "In December of last year, we opened our Forensics Unit, and then in July of this year we opened our Adult Dual Diagnosis Substance Abuse Unit."
The growth is not finished however.
"We still have a dual diagnosis IDD Unit to open," Casdorph said. "We still have an opportunity with the Veterans Administration, which is for 25 beds. The state has contacted us. They want us to expand our memorandum of understanding on the Forensics Unit --which currently is at 25 beds-- up to the full 50 beds, which is in our full [certificate of need]."
With the expansion will come jobs as well, according to Casdorph.
"Today, we're at 178 employees. We expect in 2015, we'll be at approximately 200 as these new units open up."
Casdorph said they plan to have yearly celebrations to acknowledge the community and success of their employees.