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Riverside’s new hospital in York County will not affect Newport News patients, employees

Officials from Riverside Health System, York County and Select Medical break ground for a new rehabilitation hospital in York County. (WYDaily/Photo Courtesy of Riverside Health System)
Officials from Riverside Health System, York County and Select Medical break ground for a new rehabilitation hospital in York County. (WYDaily/Photo Courtesy of Riverside Health System)

Employees from the current Riverside Health System rehabilitation hospital in Newport News will not be affected by its relocation and will be transferred to Riverside’s new facility in York County.

Officials said the new rehabilitation hospital will better provide health care along the peninsula. The facility will employ more than 200 people and is expected to serve more than 800 patients a year.

“Patients come from all parts of our service area: Peninsula, Middle Peninsula, Williamsburg, Southside, Northern Neck” said Peter Glagola, senior director for public relations for Riverside. “Moving into the center of the peninsula will make our facility more accessible to more patients in need.”

Riverside Health System broke ground on April 18 on a new 50-bed, 52,000 square-foot rehabilitation hospital in York County.

The new facility will remain the only freestanding rehabilitation hospital in Hampton Roads, according to a news release from Riverside.

Riverside operates three primary care practices in York County, including MD Express Yorktown, Patriot Primary Care and Kiln Creek Primary Care, according to the release. It also operates Home Health & Hospice services in the county.

Riverside Health System President and CEO Bill Downey said the new location will provide easy access for patients throughout Hampton Roads.

“By moving here to York County we’re going to be more centrally located for patients and families in York County, Newport News, Hampton, Gloucester, Smithfield, Isle of Wight and Williamsburg/James City County,” Downey said in a news release. “With this facility we will have a major facility – nursing home or hospital – in every major city and county of the Virginia Peninsula, Middle Peninsula, Eastern Shore and Northern Neck.”

The hospital is expected to open during the summer of 2019.

Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing is the Assistant Editor at WYDaily. Sarah was born in the state of Maine, grew up along the coast, and attended college at the University of Maine at Orono. Sarah left Maine in October 2015 when she was offered a job at a newspaper in West Point, Va. Courts, crime, public safety and civil rights are among Sarah’s favorite topics to cover. She currently covers those topics in Williamsburg, James City County and York County. Sarah has been recognized by other news organizations, state agencies and civic groups for her coverage of a failing fire-rescue system, an aging agriculture industry and lack of oversight in horse rescue groups. In her free time, Sarah enjoys lazing around with her two cats, Salazar and Ruth, drinking copious amounts of coffee and driving places in her white truck.

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