July 11, 2010
Facility Planning – Part I
The southern end of Virginia Beach was underserved in the area of health care. The distance to travel to the closest hospital is approximately 25-30 minutes, more during rush hour traffic. The Sentara Healthcare Organization decided it was time to locate a facility in the area to provide health care and also to provide health care to the neighboring city, eastern North Carolina and an island between Virginia and North Carolina. The organization began with a freestanding emergency room with an advanced imaging center attached to provide health care with a plan to build a hospital within two years. The economic downturns caused the facility to be put on hold for several more years, now completed and ready to open August 4, 2011. Community or Facility Need for the Building or Renovation The population on area of southern Virginia Beach has grown exponentially over the last 10-year period to almost 500,000 people, leaving this area vulnerable and a drive quite a distance for health care in an emergency. The hospital will provide health care for the rural areas, the oceanfront, and neighboring communities. The population in this area is continuing to grow as new roads are built to connect different areas. The area doubles in population during the summer months because of the resort community status, requiring more health care availability. The general population has grown approximately three percent in the last 10 years with people growing older and requiring the need for more health care. The facility is located across the road from the city’s Sports Plex complex that provides softball, soccer, and this year a United Football League team, all of which will require health care, emergency health care, and orthopedics. Next door to the campus is a music revue complex that requires emergency services.