I am frequently asked about our planned expansion in Loudoun County because, if you have driven there lately, the population is rapidly growing and with that comes the need for more healthcare services. In response to this demand, we recently announced the development and construction of a $10 million Free-Standing Emergency Center in Loudoun County. This center will be built on our future StoneSpring Medical Campus, a 50-acre site located at the intersection of Gum Spring Road and Route 50. Groundbreaking is expected in the summer of 2012, and the facility is scheduled to open mid-year 2013. On that same site, HCA Virginia has been awarded a Certificate of Public Need to build 164-bed StoneSpring Medical Center. The hospital is scheduled to open in December 2015.
StoneSpring Emergency Center will have 12 bays and house a CT scanner and other technology needed to diagnose and treat patients with moderate to serious injuries and illnesses. Like a hospital emergency room, the 9,600-square-foot facility will be open 24 hours a day, staffed by physicians, nurses and other caregivers. Our expectation is that we will create another access point for patients to be seen quickly with the highest quality care. I’d like to hear your thoughts on this expansion of ER services in Loudoun County