Inova Healthplex breaks ground in Ashburn
Construction is expected to begin in the next few weeks.
The Healthplex, a stand-alone emergency department located at the intersection of Barrister Street and Loudoun County Parkway, is the first part of Inova’s expansion in Ashburn to be followed by a 71,820-square-foot medical office building on the same plot.
Several key Loudoun politicians attended and spoke at the groundbreaking, including Del. David Ramadan (R-87th), whose district includes the Healthplex location, and Loudoun County Chairman Scott York (R.)
York said, “This Ashburn Healthplex is just another symbol of the commitment [Inova has] to the Loudoun County folks.”
The expansion is intended to match Loudoun’s increasing population and the corresponding rise in demand for emergency medical services. Inova obtained the lot in 2008, deciding to build now due to the rapid growth of the area.
Inova Loudoun CEO Pat Walters said, “We’ve watched the population growth and after the recession the population has really started to explode here in the county and we want to be ready when the population is grown enough to need the services.”
Walters expects to employ 100 people at the Healthplex, including nurses, laboratory technicians, x-ray technicians and about 20 physicians.
Inova Loudoun’s Medical Director Edward Puccio explained that building an emergency center without a hospital has only recently become possible because of advances in medical technology.
“About a decade or more ago I don’t think anyone could imagine a freestanding emergency department that was separated from a hospital,” Puccio said. “But the advances in emergency medicine have come so far… that we can actually bring emergency medicine care closer to the people who need it.”
The close proximity of the Healthplex to the community is invaluable in providing immediate care in emergency situations where time is essential.
In addition to an emergency room, the Healthplex will contain an imaging center.
The next phase of construction, which will be on the medical office, does not have a set start date at this time.
“As soon as I have enough demand to fill half that building with physicians we’ll build it,” said Walters.
The Healthplex is expected to open in the fall of 2015.
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