1:01 PM EDT, August 24, 2011
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) -- The Greenbrier is teaming up with prominent physicians and a health care developer to build a $250 million medical facility featuring sports medicine and cosmetic surgery centers.
Owner Jim Justice says The Greenbrier Medical Institute will be built in five phases and include a boutique hotel with 20 VIP suites.
The doctors behind the concept also want to create a think tank to help find ways to refocus the nation's health care system on prevention and wellness.
Developer Jack Diamond says quarterly summits would involve providers, insurers and concrete ideas, not just academic dialogue. Those ideas could also stimulate medical research and innovation.
The Greenbrier has always catered to the wealthy and the famous, from royalty to presidents, but spokeswoman Lynn Swann says the institute is intended to serve everyone.
Here is the full news release:
(White Sulphur Springs, WV) – A forward-thinking medical initiative, which will dramatically impact how healthcare is delivered around the world, is being developed in West Virginia. Jim Justice, chairman and owner of The Greenbrier, along with world-renowned physicians Dr. James Andrews, Dr. Tom Graham, Michael Immel, orthopedic practice management consultant and long time advisor to Dr. Jim Andrews, and lauded healthcare developer Jack T. Diamond, today announced the creation of The Greenbrier Medical Institute. While the Institute will be built in phases, the initial stages are estimated at $250 million. Phase I will include five buildings including a relocated and expanded executive health Greenbrier Clinic, a Jim Andrews sports medicine center, a cosmetic surgery and lifestyle enhancement academy, a sports performance and training facility and a boutique hotel with 20 VIP suites. The announcement is the result of 15 months of meetings and diligence on the part of numerous individuals, including other highly regarded physicians and professionals who requested not to be identified.
The concept for this cutting-edge endeavor was developed by Andrews, Graham and Diamond, who envisioned a world-class medical complex which would revolutionize healthcare. In addition, Dr. E. Gaylon McCollough, an internationally recognized surgeon and teacher in the cosmetic surgery field, has joined the team. Their goal was to establish a medical mecca with numerous components including sports performance, wellness, research, product development, education, cosmetic surgery, preventive care and other specialties. At the same time, they wanted a place that would attract the best physicians and healthcare professionals in the world, in turn creating a think tank of global proportions. Throughout their discussions, locations such as London, England, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Brasilia, Brazil and Seoul, South Korea were considered. However, once the idea was presented to Justice, the concept became a reality with its home to be White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia.
The Greenbrier Clinic was the nation’s first executive health program when it opened in 1948. The Clinic’s distinguished team of nine physicians includes Dr. Doug Jones, medical director and Dr. Suzanne Romeo, director of the Clinic’s laser and aesthetic services. Long known as the leaders in diagnostic excellence and personalized executive care, The Clinic team will be a key component of The Greenbrier Medical Institute, which will employ approximately 525 individuals.
This alliance of multi-disciplinary professionals will also develop a global “think tank” for idea exchange to stimulate medical research and innovation. The Greenbrier Medical Institute will be a contemporary medical congress that will bring together premier medical professionals in a unique environment dedicated to complete lifestyle enhancement.”