Community Care of West Virginia staff, Mayor Robbie Skinner, members of Buckhannon-Upshur Chamber of Commerce and other special guests gather for a ribbon cutting and open house event on Thursday / Photo by Beckie Boyd

Community Care’s new CareXpress location hosts ribbon cutting, open house Thursday in downtown Buckhannon

BUCKHANNON – The friendly faces of the Community Care of West Virginia staff welcomed community members to a ribbon cutting and open house event Thursday at their new CareXpress location on West Main Street in Buckhannon.

CareXpress is a comprehensive walk-in healthcare facility that “will offer quick, efficient assistance for all non-chronic, non-life-threatening illnesses and injuries,” according to a press release.

Thursday’s ceremony began with remarks from CCWV CEO Rick Simon, who personally welcomed special guests who made this monumental event possible: Deputy CEO Trish Collett, the CCWV Board of Directors, Buckhannon-Upshur Chamber of Commerce, Mayor Robbie Skinner; certificates of congratulations from regional representatives from the offices of Governor Justice, Senator Capito, Congressman Mooney, and Senator Manchin, local government officials, High Point Construction, Thrasher Engineering, Watkins Design Works LLC, Leadership Upshur members, and additional CCWV staff.

“My mother used to tell me that I needed to be careful who I hung out with because you were judged by your company,” Simon said. “Obviously, if I were hanging out with you all, she would be very proud. This is an excellent group of folks and we’re very appreciative that you came here to help us celebrate the opening of our new [CareXpress] here in Buckhannon.”

Mayor Robbie Skinner congratulated CCWV on their new location as it adds value to the Upshur County community.

“We, as a city, are thrilled for your continued expansion in Buckhannon, in particularly, downtown Buckhannon,” Skinner said. “Several years ago, when Community Care first looked to purchase the old Straders Department Store building, we did not realize what a footprint that you would now have in our city. It makes our city better. It makes our city one of the best in West Virginia.”

This facility was previously home to Citizens Bank of West Virginia and was purchased by CCWV in December 2021, according to a previous My Buckhannon article.

Once the super-sized scissors sliced the ribbon Thursday, guests were welcomed to take a tour of the facility.

Facility offerings for patients of the CareXpress include six patient exam rooms, a cafe, kids area, triage and trauma rooms, a staff break room, nurses station, and a lab.

Upon visiting, patients and guests will notice a unique theme to this healthcare facility; a movie theatre. This theme was suggested by CCWV’s Medical Advisor Dr. Sarah Chouinard to ease the anxious minds of patients awaiting care. A cool color palette and movie posters can be seen in each patient exam room, waiting rooms and the nurses station.

The CareXpress reception area offers patients a soothing environment through visuals and music to relax as they wait to be seen.

Collette explained that as the needs of the Upshur County community continue to grow, CareXpress will be able to serve the family as a whole, from youth to adulthood.

“We have been on a journey of expansion, which includes our ever-increasing presence in Upshur County,” stated Collett in a press release. “Creating a new and separate CareXpress location will allow us to renovate the previously combined location into a healthcare space entirely focused on pediatrics, which will greatly benefit the local community.”

CareXpress Kids Area provides younger patients an area to play, relax and watch movies while they wait to be seen.

The new CareXpress location will begin accepting patients on Monday, January 9; no appointment is necessary. The current CCWV Northridge Plaza location will transition to Community Care Pediatrics of Buckhannon beginning January 9.

Visit Community Care of West Virginia CareXpress at 77 West Main Street in Buckhannon. Patients may be seen Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Call CCWV at 304-473-1440 or visit the CCWV website to learn more about patient services and locations. Follow CCWV on Facebook.

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