York County Riverside hospital on track for summer 2019 opening

Staff writer

Riverside’s planned 50-bed, 52,000-square-foot rehabilitation hospital is on pace to be completed next year, a spokesman said.

Construction for the hospital, which will be on Josephs Drive in York County off of Route 17, began in April. The hospital will replace the existing Riverside Rehabilitation Hospital in Newport News when completed, Riverside spokesman Peter Glagola said.

The new hospital will treat patients recovering from strokes, spinal cord injuries, brain injuries, neurological conditions and amputations. The project is the result of the partnership announced last March between Riverside Health and Select Medical, a healthcare company specializing in long-term acute and rehabilitative care.

Glagola said the aging facility in Newport News spurred the move into a brand-new building.

“It’s just an old facility, so the best decision was to move into a new facility, especially one that’s just one story,” Glagola said. “We really couldn’t do anything with that building anymore, and we wanted to build a new building so we can take care of our patients in the best way that we can.”

The $25 million project will bring 200 jobs to the county with no planned layoffs during the transition from the Newport News facility to York County, a Riverside representative said at the groundbreaking ceremony.

Riverside recently sold 3.2 acres of the 19-acre parcel it owns in York County to Richmond-based Rebkee Partners Yorktown for $2.1 million with plans to develop the property for retail. Glagola said the sale did not effect plans for the rehabilitation hospital.

“We own the land and we don’t need it all, so instead of keeping it, we put it up for sale, and of course this developer came in and was very interested in purchasing it,” he said.

The new facility will join the three primary care practices currently operated by Riverside Health in York County: MD Express Yorktown, Patriot Primary Care and Kiln Creek Primary Care.

Construction is also underway at Riverside Doctors’ Hospital Williamsburg on a new two-story addition, which will add a third operating room, a new diagnostic space for its MRI full-body scanner and additional storage space. The project is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2019.

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