U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito announced in late August that the CAMC Institute for Academic Medicine will receive $6 million made available through a congressionally directed spending request she made.

This funding will be used to support construction of the CAMC Center for Learning and Research on Chesterfield Avenue. It is expected to open in 2023.

“The CAMC Center for Learning and Research is critical to training and retaining future health care providers,” said David Ramsey, CAMC President and CEO. “We are grateful for the senator’s leadership in graduate medical education.”

The new center will be used to train all types of health care professionals. The facility also will serve as a learning environment for residents and students from affiliated universities around the country. It will provide space for live, virtual and multi-site participation of learners from all CAMC locations as well as other health care professionals.

The center also will house a state-of-the-art simulation center, replacing the current one at CAMC General Hospital, to provide learners a safe environment to practice skills and use new equipment with a safe transfer of skills and knowledge to patient care.

“Establishing the Simulation Center at CAMC will be a helpful resource for health care providers in the region that will play a role in providing patients across West Virginia with innovative health care solutions,” said Senator Capito. “After hearing directly from leaders at CAMC about the importance of this project, I was pleased to advocate for and deliver this support, which will help the facility continue to grow.”

During the past two years, the CAMC Foundation has conducted the Knowledge at the Center of Care Campaign to raise money from the community. Total cost of the project is about $18 million.