Supervisors approve second county hospital
After almost a decade of debate, Loudoun supervisors on May 10 unanimously approved the county’s second full-service hospital.
StoneSpring Regional Medical Center—a 337,000-square-foot 164-bed hospital to be located at the intersection of U.S. 50 and Gum Spring Road near South Riding – is slated to open in 2015, according to officials with Hospital Corporation of America, the facility’s developer.
“Loudoun’s residents have long asked for another hospital and a choice in hospital care,” Tracey White, vice president of community and government relations, said in a statement. “It has taken eight long years to get the county’s approval of HCA’s project that will answer that call and we are pleased that residents are finally one step closer to getting the care and access they deserve. We look forward to serving the people of Loudoun County.”
The $195 million facility will be on a 49-acre campus with a 100,000-square-foot medical office also to be constructed on-site and room for 125,000 square feet of additional growth.
It also will have full-service child and adolescent care in partnership with Children’s National Medical Center.
Once open, HCA officials said the hospital will contribute $3 million annually in local taxes and employ 500 people.
The hospital will provide much needed health care to a region that has long been denied adequate services, said Supervisor Jim Burton (I-Blue Ridge).
“In the Route 50 corridor we’ve long, long awaited hospital service, hospital care,” said Burton. “… I’m just tickled pink that something’s being done on the Route 50 corridor.”
Supervisors’ May 10 vote was an anticlimactic end to years of tense arguments and litigation among county leaders, residents and health-care officials who argued that previous plans to build the hospital in the Broadlands were wrong.
“I think this in an opportunity not to re-argue anything from the past. This is an opportunity to get closure on this issue and move forward,” Vice Chairman Susan Klimek Buckley (D-Sugarland Run) said prior to the vote. “I think everything about this application is right.”
HCA officials first conceived plans for the hospital in 2001, but the location of the facility – then called Broadlands Medical Center – was designed for a site at the Dulles Greenway and Belmont Ridge Road.
In 2005, Loudoun supervisors at the time rejected the plan, which also drew ire – and litigation – from Inova Health System.
Inova operates a hospital five miles away near the Broadlands site and officials argued that a second hospital would hurt its facility. Many – including some supervisors – maintained that the county’s second hospital should be placed along U.S. 50 in the southern part of the county to balance residents’ access to health care.
HCA resubmitted plans for the Broadlands hospital in 2008, but in 2009, the plans were once again rejected by Loudoun supervisors following heated arguments and complaints from residents and county leaders.
Late last year, hospital planners changed strategies and announced they would abandon plans for the Broadlands in favor of the current proposed location.
Inova officials then dropped litigation against HCA and commended the company for relocating plans for the hospital.
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