Tuesday, April 29, 2014
New Page Memorial Hospital Dedicated
Community Flocks to See Facility Before Saturday, May 3 Move
Luray, Va. – The new Page Memorial Hospital has already attracted more than 1,000 visitors eager to look behind the scenes before its doors officially open for patients and visitors this Saturday, May 3. At Sunday’s community open house and Monday’s dedication ceremony, there was great anticipation and pride in the collaboration that made Valley Health’s newest facility a reality.
More than 200 Valley Health, PMH, community and construction partners gathered near the “Unity” sculpture at the new hospital’s main entrance Monday to dedicate the beautiful 3-story facility. From the event’s opening with “Oh, Shenandoah,” by Luray’s Main Street Singers, to its closing, “When You Believe,” sung by Jennifer Switzer, the hour-long program was a blend of harmony, history, and commitment to a vision of high quality health care provided locally by community professionals.
After a tidy recap of the hospital’s 86-year history, PMH President N. Travis Clark thanked all involved in making the new hospital a reality. “It is a monumental day, our vision is now a reality. We are moving forward with a new opportunity to deliver an even higher level of healthcare to our community.”
“This is an impressive facility, inside and out,” exclaimed Richard Masincup, Chairman of the Page Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees. Citing its light and airy design, local artwork, mountain views from each patient room, and a variety of important clinical care improvements, he said PMH staff are “proud and happy, their feet haven’t touched the ground since yesterday!” Furthermore, the incredible support from corporate and individual donors demonstrates that “Page Memorial Hospital is a community hospital in the best sense of the word.”
Congressman Bob Goodlatte, representing the 6th District of Virginia, said he was “beyond impressed… with how this project has come to fruition.” Other speakers at Monday’s dedication included Luray Mayor Barry Presgraves, Valley Health Board Chairman Joe Silek, Valley Health CEO Mark Merrill, and Jim Dale, MD, a 30-year member of the PMH medical staff. The ceremonial ribbon was cut by an expansive group of employees, physicians, Board members, Come Grow with Us capital campaign leaders, Valley Health administrators, and construction reps.
The new Page Memorial Hospital is approximately one third larger than the existing building. Highlights include:
- Integrated information technology to improve patient information flow among providers (on campus and throughout the Valley Health system).
- Digital mammography equipment for more detailed imagery.
- Advanced cardiac monitoring capabilities in the Emergency Department and on the acute care unit.
- Expanded Emergency Department (from 9 to 15 beds) with rooms dedicated for cardiac, trauma and observation patients, and an adjacent helipad to expedite critical patient transport.
- Larger inpatient rooms with ADA-compliant bathrooms with walk-in showers.
- In Surgical Services, there are three large, well-equipped operating rooms and more comfortable pre-op and post-op patient and family areas.
- Expanded Rehabilitation Services, including an inpatient gym, outpatient gym and treatment rooms (formerly off campus) and a wing on the medical surgical floor for short-term rehabilitation. Known as Massanutten Health and Rehab, this unit is designed for patients who no longer need acute care, but require more therapy before returning home.
- Enhanced patient and visitor services including Blue Ridge Bistro, a spacious dining area with outdoor seating and expanded menu options; public Wi-Fi throughout the building; and conference rooms available for health-related community use.
Supplementing the $37 million construction cost covered by Valley Health, the PMH Foundation raised over $1.2 million for new equipment during the “Come Grow with Us” campaign. This allowed for the purchase of new mammography equipment, nuclear medicine camera and state-of-the-art hospital beds throughout the hospital. “We again want to thank the community for their generous giving to help equip our new hospital and also thank the capital campaign participants who worked so diligently to organize and execute the campaign,” said PMH Foundation Director Niki Wilson.
Valley Health’s construction partners were: Perkins and Will (Architects); CCRD (Engineering: Mechanical, electrical, and plumbing); Valley Engineering (Engineering: Civil); Barton Malow (General Contractor); and Hammes Company (Consultant, Project Management).
Page Memorial Hospital is a 25-bed critical access hospital that has served Page County since 1928, from its current site since 1958. The hospital affiliated with Valley Health System on December 31, 2008, with a commitment to build a replacement facility. Valley Health is a non-profit regional healthcare system serving a population of 450,000 in northwest Virginia and the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia. Valley Health includes five other acute care hospitals: Winchester Medical Center, a regional referral center, Warren Memorial Hospital in Front Royal, VA, Shenandoah Memorial Hospital in Woodstock, VA, and Hampshire Memorial Hospital in Romney, WV and War Memorial Hospital in Berkeley Springs, WV. Additional services include Urgent Care Centers in Winchester and Front Royal, medical transportation, durable medical equipment stores, a retail pharmacy and physician practices throughout the region. For more, visit www.valleyhealthlink.com/page.