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Riverside Health System to build Williamsburg hospital

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Riverside Health System has won approval from the state health commissioner to build a 40-bed hospital in Williamsburg.

Riverside has been trying for years to get approval of the hospital. Two of the system’s applications for a Certificate of Public Need (COPN) have previously been rejected.

The Doctors Hospital of Williamsburg will have 40 private patient rooms, 24-hour emergency services, two operating rooms and a diagnostic center.

Riverside said a second Williamsburg hospital is needed because of the area’s growing and aging population.

Officials at Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center argue that a second hospital is not needed, and that it could expand its own hospital to accommodate the growth.

Health Commissioner Karen Remley said in a state filing that a new Virginia law is one of the reasons she approved the hospital’s COPN. Under the law, more weight is given to community support and institutional competition when deciding whether to grant a COPN. (Daily Press)


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