|Courtesy Rendering/Inova Health Systems
The Ashburn Healthplex will be built at the intersection of Barrister Street and Loudoun County Parkway, just south of the Greenway.|
Inova Loudoun Hospital during the last year has been undergoing expansion and construction to better its facilities.
Inova Health System is preparing to move forward with plans for a Healthplex in Ashburn, north of Route 50.
The 50,500-square-foot Healthplex and 71,280-square-foot medical office building will be at the intersection of Barrister Street and Loudoun County Parkway, just south of the Greenway.
The Healthplex will primarily be an emergency room and a resource for outpatient imaging.
“We have had that site under contract for three or four years now and the idea there, as we have developed our services across the county, is to provide pretty broad access to people across Loudoun County to health care services,” Inova Loudoun Hospital CEO H. Patrick Walters said. “At Lansdowne we have our advanced acute services and what we are developing in the Ashburn area is outpatient services.”
While Lansdowne has continued to grow structurally and technologically, Walters said the Ashburn site will allow their patients easier access to necessary healthcare.
“As the Lansdowne campus continues to grow it will allow us to have a little bit of flexibility in terms of where patients access our services closer to home,” Walters said.
Walters acknowledged that area has indicated through demographics that there is need for more high-end emergency care services.
Inova has been growing as the population and needs of the community have grown, he said.
“As the community continues to grow, it is hard to predict 20 years from now, but our thinking is, and what we want to make sure of is, that the folks who live here in Loudoun County have access to almost all the services they need here in the community," Walters said.
The first phase of the project will include the emergency center or healthplex set to begin in March with a $31 million price tag. Once that is completed, construction will begin on the medical office building.
With Hospital Corporation of America building its emergency center in the Stone Ridge area, Walters said the two medical powers have frequently been in contact.
“We have talked with them about this and we let them know what we were doing. Certainly we have acute services serving the northwest and eastern part of the county where we are located and they're going to have services in the south and southwest portions of the county and I think both of us will be competing for outpatient services across the county.
“Having a choice is very beneficial to the community and I think the way the services are developed there is quite a bit of appropriate competition for the good of the community,” Walters said.
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