Gov. Terry McAuliffe was in Loudoun today to help celebrate the completion of StoneSprings Hospital Center.
The $186.5 million, 124-bed hospital will open at 7 a.m. Monday, Dec. 7 as Loudoun County’s second full-service hospital.
The opening marks the end of a decades long effort by HCA Healthcare to expand into the Loudoun market with a full-service hospital. The company’s original plan to build a hospital in the Broadlands neighborhood in Ashburn spurred a protracted battle with the Loudoun Healthcare Inc., which operated as Loudoun Hospital Center, and with the region’s largest medical provider, the Inova Health System.
In 2004, Inova acquired Loudoun Healthcare in a merger and forged a compromise in which it would not oppose HCA—which owns Reston Hospital Center— if it built a hospital in the Rt. 50 corridor. In 2010, the Loudoun Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to approve the StoneSprings hospital plans, at 24440 Stone Springs Blvd., near the intersection of Rt. 50 and Gum Spring Road.
During that long debate, the Rt. 50 corridor was largely undeveloped west of South Riding, but county plans envisioned south Loudoun as its next growth frontier. Those plans have come to fruition and the StoneSprings opening is a welcome event for area residents who now drive to Leesburg, Fairfax or Reston for medical care.
Built on a 51-acre campus, the new hospital will provide a comprehensive range of medical services, including a full-service, 24/7 emergency room, medical, surgical, labor and delivery, pediatric and intensive care services, a cutting-edge cardiac catheterization lab, and state-of-the-art diagnostic imaging and interventional equipment. Area residents got a sneak peak at the hospital during a Nov. 14 open house.
McAuliffe welcomed the investment by HCA, the commonwealth’s fourth largest private sector employer.
The opening of StoneSprings doesn’t mark the end of the competition between HCA and Inova for their share of fast-growing Loudoun’s lucrative health care market. Both are already laying plans for their next round of expansion and to offer an ever more sophisticated range of services.
Just as HCA celebrates on Rt. 50, Inova Loudoun is moving dirt on its next planned $275 million expansion at its 183-bed Lansdowne hospital. The project has been four years in the planning and will take four years to complete. The hospital also has begun the state application process to become a trauma level 3 institution. At the core of the phased construction plan is a seven-floor patient tower that will become the front of the expanded hospital. The tower is scheduled to be completed by early 2020.
At StoneSprings, HCA also has expansion plans. The campus is designed to accommodate another 124-bed patient tower.
Leaders at both hospitals say there will be plenty of patients to go around and an increasing need for services as the county’s population crosses the 400,000 threshold by the end of the decade.