Virginia health panel recommends denial of 50-bed hospital

A Virginia Department of Health committee recommends rejecting the Riverside Health System’s plan to build a 50-bed hospital in Isle of Wight County, according to a local news channel WAVY.

The committee said its analysis found that building the $ 100 million hospital would unnecessarily duplicate services in the area.

The Virginia Department of Health commissioner can still approve the project, despite the committee’s recommendation.

“We are deeply disappointed with the first recommendation,” said Bill Downey, CEO of Riverside Health System WAVY. “Thousands of residents, leadership, and first responders in Isle of Wight and Surry counties have shown their support for Riverside Smithfield Hospital through both personal testimony and written signature.”

In October, the health system submitted a certificate of need for the facility to be built. The proposal envisages a facility with 34 medical-surgical beds, 10 intensive care beds and six obstetrical beds. It would also include an emergency room and provide diagnostic, procedural, and medical services.


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