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Riverside breaks ground on new rehabilitation hospital in York

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

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

The $25 million facility will be located on Josephs Drive off Route 17, according to Riverside. The hospital is relocating from Newport News and is expected to open in summer 2019.

The rehabilitation hospital specializes in working with patients who have suffered a brain injury, stroke, spinal cord injury, neurological disorder, amputation, orthopedic condition or cancer, Riverside said.

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 new facility, which is being developed in partnership with Select Medical, will remain the only freestanding rehabilitation hospital in Hampton Roads, Riverside said.

The new hospital will employ more than 200 people and is expected to serve more than 800 patients a year, Riverside said.

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

John Mangalonzo
John Mangalonzo
John Mangalonzo ( is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.

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