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Valley Health Announces Plan to Build New Replacement Facility for Warren Memorial Hospital

Valley Health Announces Plan to Build New Replacement Facility for Warren Memorial Hospital

Valley Health System and Warren Memorial Hospital (WMH) have announced their intent to begin construction in 2018 on a new, contemporary medical campus on Leach Run Parkway in Warren County. If the project proceeds as planned, Valley Health anticipates the new facility will open in late 2020.

Valley Health leaders have recognized that the 65-year-old hospital on North Shenandoah Avenue was less than optimal for delivering the efficient, technology-driven healthcare of the future. WMH has served the Front Royal and Warren County community effectively and favorably since opening in the early 1950’s, and the Board agreed with management that a replacement facility is the best option to continue to serve the residents of Warren County and its surrounding areas. In 2008, Valley Health purchased the Leach Run Parkway site. Since 2014 leadership has been methodically moving forward with planning, design and site improvements. A Letter of Intent was submitted to the Virginia Department of Health in November, stating Valley Health’s intent to pursue approval from the Commonwealth of Virginia to build a replacement facility; the required application for the Certificate of Public Need will be submitted in January. Valley Health anticipates receiving the Commonwealth’s decision by June.

“We are thrilled to be moving forward and are confident that the state will approve our plan,” said Floyd Heater, Valley Health Vice President – Southern Region, and Warren Memorial Hospital President. “On behalf of our patients and staff, I would like to extend my sincere thanks to the Valley Health Board of Trustees for the tremendous support it continues to give to the Front Royal/Warren County community. The Board’s approval to build a thoroughly-modern replacement facility demonstrates its commitment to continue to serve the Warren County community and to growing services to meet the changing healthcare needs of our community.”

The new hospital campus will occupy about 28 acres of the 150-acre parcel. The facility is designed to offer a modern and efficient environment of care, with flexibility to meet patient, provider, and community needs into the future. A three-story hospital and adjacent medical building will total approximately 177,000 square feet, and will have plentiful parking. Consistent with industry trends in consumerism and outpatient care, the hospital will have 36 private inpatient rooms, 18 Emergency Department rooms (plus shell space for four additional), six “Observation” rooms (for patients needing additional treatment of less than 24 hours), three Operating Rooms, two endoscopy/procedure rooms, and a cardiac catheterization lab. Green space and walking trails will encourage staff, patients and visitors to stay active and enjoy the outdoors.

“I applaud and thank the Valley Health Board of Trustees for their commitment to build a modern health campus for the citizens of Front Royal/Warren County,” said Valley Health President and CEO Mark H. Merrill. “While numerous major expansions and renovations since the 1950s provided needed capacity and services at the current hospital, this new, modern campus will deliver greater convenience and efficiency, as well as staff, patient and community pride in an uplifting environment of care.”

Valley Health Board of Trustees Chairman Joe Silek, a resident of Warren County, appreciates the impact that a vibrant, appealing healthcare campus will have on his community’s economic development. “With projections of a 4.5% population growth in the town and county over the next five years, and nearly 22% increase in residents age 65 or better, we need to position WMH and Valley Health more favorably to meet the demand for healthcare services,” Silek said. “Significant improvements have been made recently in Front Royal and Warren County infrastructure, schools and housing, and we want excellent healthcare on a modern campus to be part of what compels healthcare professionals, residents and new investment to come here and stay.”

Warren Memorial Hospital will open a cardiac catheterization lab in early 2018 to provide lifesaving heart care to Warren County residents. This service enhancement will relocate to the new campus.

Obstetric services will not be provided at the new hospital, due to static delivery volumes in Warren County and capacity and service enhancements in maternity, high risk pregnancy and neonatal ICU care offered at Winchester Medical Center, Valley Health’s regional referral center less than 25 miles away. Demographic projections predict nominal increase in women of childbearing age, with significantly greater growth in senior adults. Valley Health Obstetrics and Gynecology | Front Royal and Front Royal Family Practice will continue to provide well-women, prenatal and postpartum care at their offices. Valley Health will work closely with pregnant residents in 2019 to ensure their seamless transition to WMC services.

Valley Health is reviewing other possible uses for the vacated hospital based on identified community needs.