New hospital set to open

Published 10:29 am Thursday, October 12, 2017

A hospital just about 30 minutes from the towns of Kenbridge and Victoria is holding its grand opening Saturday.

The Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Health Community Memorial Hospital, opening in South Hill, will be having an official ribbon cutting and celebration Oct. 14, beginning at 9 a.m., according to a press release regarding the event.

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An aerial map shows two entrances and nearby parking visitors can use during the grand opening ceremony of the Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Health Community Memorial Hospital on Oct. 14.

Self-guided tours will take place in the hospital from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at 1755 North Mecklenburg Ave.

The hospital held a groundbreaking event in October 2015, according to the release. The new hospital is 166,700 square feet large and has 70 private rooms.

The hospital will not officially open until Nov. 11, and the obstetrics department will officially open on Nov. 20, the release cited.

The facility will have three operating room suites, a cesarean section suite, a 16-bay emergency department and an obstetrics department with four LDRP rooms (Labor, Delivery, Recovery, Postpartum), officials said in the release.

The hospital will also feature a permanent cardiac catheterization lab and full diagnostic services, including Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scan, Computerized Tomography (CT) scan, nuclear medicine, cardiac, vascular and pulmonary studies, according to the release.

Parking for the event will be located at both hospital entrances, the first off of North Mecklenburg Avenue/Highway 1 and the other off of Route 138. 

Shuttles located close to the hospital at Fastenal Supplier at 116 Oakley St., Hughes Supply at 281 Union Mill Road, New Hope Baptist Church at 255 Union Mill Road and Virginia Quilting Company at 100 S. Main St. will be available if parking at locations become full, the release cited.

VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital CEO W. Scott Burnette said in a statement the collaborate effort for the hospital is evident in the location and services.

“By touring our new facility, you will get a glimpse of the services, technology and amenities that our new hospital has to offer — from the beautiful Garland Birthing Center to our state-of-the-art Solari Emergency Department and our new cardiac catheterization lab,” Burnette said in the statement. “This hospital was built thanks to the dedication of our board members, our affiliation with VCU Health and the overwhelming support of our community over the past 63 years. This is your community hospital. Together, we have accomplished something great. We have opened the doors to a healthier future.”

DPR Construction in Richmond was the general contractor for the project with SmithGroupJJR as its design partner.

Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL), also of Richmond, headed the project management for construction of the hospital.