NEWPORT NEWS — The Virginia Department of Health, in partnership with Riverside Health System and the City of Newport News, announced Thursday the official move of the Peninsula Health Center to the former Stratford University Building in Newport Square Shoppes.
Newport News City Council voted in 2021 to exchange the existing PHC building for the former Stratford University building.
“Our staff look forward to their new home in the Peninsula Health Center. We believe the move will facilitate streamlined services and allow us become a hub of public health resources and programs for the Peninsula community,” said Dr. Natasha Dwamena, Health District Director for both the Hampton & Peninsula Health Districts (HPHD).
The new location is adjacent to Interstate 64, and more centrally located to the communities it serves: Newport News, Poquoson, Williamsburg, and James City and York counties.
“As the needs of our community changed, it became imperative that the Peninsula Health Center relocate to ensure residents have access to critical and life-saving services,” said Newport News Mayor Phillip Jones. “Thousands of individuals from throughout the Virginia Peninsula will benefit from this central location and the quality programs offered at the new facility. The City of Newport News looks forward to continuing to work with the Peninsula Health Center and Riverside Health System to promote health equity, accessibility, and positive outcomes for residents of all ages and backgrounds.”
“We are grateful for our ongoing partnership with the City of Newport News and the Virginia Department of Health,” added Mike Doucette, Vice President, Support Services, Riverside Health System. “We know that this move will greatly benefit patients, visitors, and team members of Riverside as well as HPHD.”
The PHC will be relocating its staff in phases to ensure the continuation of services to the community. The first phased move will take place on Sept. 14, 15, and 18, and the second phased move will take place on Sept. 28, 29, and Oct. 2. As phone lines and computers will be being moved to the new location, there may be brief disruptions of services or delays in response, it said.
Information regarding the temporary closure of PHC clinics and services for each phase of the move can be found online.