Inova opens ‘crown jewel’ in Leesburg
After a ribbon-cutting ceremony May 1, in which close to 200 local dignitaries, residents, nurses and doctors attended, the Inova Health System was excited to get started.
The $36 million renovation included a brand new state-of-the-art emergency department as well as a behavioral health unit.
Named for the Wheeler Family, which donated $1.5 million to the Inova Loudoun Foundation's Cornwall Cares Campaign. Mike and Teresa Wheeler made the donation in honor of Teresa's parents, Richard and Joann Lynch. Joann was a former nurse at Inova Fairfax Hospital when it opened in 1961 as well as a longtime volunteer.
“We were very touched by the care Teresa’s father, Richard Lynch, received at Inova Loudoun Hospital. Healthcare is an important value in our family and we wanted to be part of the Cornwall project that will ensure the availability of services to those of us in western Loudoun,” Mike Wheeler said when the contribution was announced.
Before the ribbon-cutting ceremony, Cornwall Cares held a VIP reception in which the Wheeler's three daughters reminisced about the care their grandfather received during his final days, which meant so much to the family.
According to H. Patrick Walters, CEO of Inova Loudoun Hospital, the new emergency department is three times as large as the former ER. Included in the E.D. is 14 private exam rooms and a trauma and triage area.
“Cornwall has expanded our ability to serve Loudoun by serving the Western Loudoun communities. The biggest advantage of that campus is time for those patients in Western Loudoun,” Walters told the Times-Mirror in a past interview. “When ambulances are coming from Round Hill, Purcellville, Lovettsville, Middleburg and anywhere else out west, they are coming to that Cornwall campus with patients. We are very capable of serving any patient at the Cornwall Campus.
“We will also have mass casualty capabilities at the Cornwall Campus in the event of a large scale event somewhere in our community or the surrounding community,” Walters said previously.
The new Emergency Department is the brainchild of Inova Loudoun Medical Director Dr. Edward Puccio.
Puccio noted that while the building may have changed the level of care patients will receive will remain second to none.
“I am very proud to be showing you around today. One of the reasons we have such loyal patients was not just because of the treatment they would get, but the caring they receive. We will be sure to continue that level of care in this state of the art facility,” Puccio said.
Puccio highlighted some of the key additions the new ED has that the old facility didn't.
“Some of the highlights are the triage room is much larger and we can receive multiple patients at the same time. We have all private rooms, whereas at the old Cornwall Campus had a ward area with curtains around the side,” Puccio said. “We have mental health rooms for our mental health patients. Our EMS facilities are wonderful, especially our decontamination areas.
“While our facility is newer, I think you will recognize that a lot of our core values and a lot of the core things that keep everyone coming back are still there,” Puccio said.