MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – In a state the size of West Virginia, it’s safe to say that everyone knows someone whose life has been touched by WVU Children’s Hospital. For 25 years, it has called the sixth floor of Ruby Memorial Hospital home, and in that time, thousands of people have found hope and healing within its walls.
The origins of WVU Children’s Hospital date back to the old University Hospital, which had beds for children in different units. Babies were born on the fourth floor. Critically ill infants were admitted to the adult intensive care unit on the third floor, and general pediatrics occupied space on the sixth floor.
William Neal, M.D., pediatric cardiologist at WVU Children’s Hospital, didn’t plan to return to West Virginia after graduating from the WVU School of Medicine in 1966. He just wasn’t sure the opportunity for a budding physician would present itself. But, after completing military service and residency and fellowship training, he found himself missing the mountains and the people of West Virginia. In 1974, the Huntington native came home and joined the WVU faculty. The decision to return, he said, is one that he has never regretted.