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Posted at 7:27 PM ET, 12/13/2010

In Prince William, new hospital approved

By Jennifer Buske

The Virginia Health Commissioner paved the way for new health care options in Prince William County on Monday, approving a new hospital for the county’s western end.

Prince William Health System, which merged with Novant Health in 2009 and runs Prince William Hospital, will be able to build a $94 million, 60-bed hospital in Haymarket near the intersection of route 15 and Interstate 66, Prince William health officials said.

“Prince William Hospital has been committed to serving the healthcare needs of the residents of western Prince William County and they have been urging us for years to build them a hospital,” Prince William Health System President Melissa L. Robson said. “This is exciting news…This is truly a gift for our community.”

Hospital officials proposed in their application in January to build the new facility adjacent to their Heathcote Health Center, which includes 24-hour emergency care, hospital officials said. The new facility will provide general, medical and surgical services, intensive care, labor and delivery suites and a newborn nursery. Once opened in 2015, it will employ about 400 people, hospital officials said.

In their fight for approval, hospital officials said there is “tremendous” growth in the county’s western end and that the current hospital situated in Manassas was not meeting current demands.

During a public comment session in April, more than 200 residents and doctors came to speak, mostly in support of the facility. Some were also present to support another hospital proposed by Sentara Healthcare. Sentara, which merged with Potomac Hospital in 2009, wanted to build a hospital on Wellington Road, just south of Interstate 66.

The company withdrew its proposal this summer after the Virginia Department of Health recommended the commissioner deny both hospital proposals. Health department officials weren't available to comment on why they denied the proposals. However, Prince William Health System officials said the state said there are already adequate healthcare facilities in the area.

By Jennifer Buske  | December 13, 2010; 7:27 PM ET
Categories:  Virginia  
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