Editorial: Getting It Right

The opening of a new hospital is a significant milestone in any community. In Loudoun, StoneSprings Hospital Center represents the beginning of a new era.

The roots of Loudoun’s health care system are more than a century old and grow from a house on Leesburg’s Market Street where county leaders first established a community hospital. For more than 90 years, starting in 1912 when the county’s population was a mere 21,000, Loudoun’s single hospital was run as an independent community-owned resource that served residents well. In the face of managed care-driven cost cutting and an industry trend toward consolidation, the hospital leaders found a supportive partner in the Inova Health System—not just to carry on their tradition of service, but to provide the resources required to meet the needs of a fast-growing community. It continues to do that, with the opening of the Ashburn Healthplex and the expansion of the Lansdowne hospital campus—just the latest evidence of that continued commitment.

The impact of HCA Healthcare’s investment in the StoneSprings Hospital Center goes beyond the medical benefits it offers. It is transformative for a region of the county that has long been isolated from many basic community resources. Public services and commercial development finally are catching up to the pace of housing construction in the Rt. 50 corridor. For longtime residents who longed for a grocery store or a library, the idea of having a hospital in the neighborhood surely was beyond their imagination. The hospital also provides an important economic development boost, creating more high-paying jobs and adding to the tax base, as well.

The protracted fight over HCA’s original hospital plan was painful, and expensive, for both hospital organizations. However, the result is one that leaves Loudoun County well positioned to provide excellent medical and ample health care choices to its residents and businesses for generations to come.

Getting that right in the end is something everyone can celebrate.

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