Supervisors Approve Inova Loudoun Expansion Plans

Inova Loudoun Hospital’s $275 million expansion won the unanimous support of the Loudoun Board of Supervisors last week.

The expansion is designed to meet the hospital’s needs over the next two decades. The applications consolidate four hospital-owned parcels to create an 88-acre campus and allow for 1.2 million square feet of hospital uses on the property overall.

“I would just simply say, I am delighted that at least my last public hearing as chairman, I’m here to be able to be part of the approval of this application. Good luck as you go forward with the expansion of the hospital,” County Chairman Scott K. York (R-At Large) said.

Inova Loudoun Hospital CEO H. Patrick Walters told supervisors he and other local medical leaders are “very excited” about the hospital’s expansion plans.

“They’re well thought-out, I believe. They not only give us the first round of renovations … but give us a capability to grow over the next 20 to 30 years.”

Master Plan Scope

In a recent interview, Walters said construction is planned in phases over the next four years. The plans call for more parking, including a 900-space garage, construction in the existing hospital and a new seven-floor patient tower. No additional beds are planned for the 183-unit hospital, but services for patients are planned to be significantly expanded.

The first phase includes a new entrance road from Woodbridge Parkway to connect to a new rear entrance. Work has already begun on the road and is scheduled for completion by mid-2016.

The second phase includes the six-floor parking garage. It is scheduled to begin in mid-2016 and be completed in mid-2017.

“We have to finish the new entrance and the new garage before we begin work on the tower in 2017,” Walters said, noting construction should be completed by the end of 2019 or early 2020.

The major part of the expansion is the new tower, a V-shaped structure to be located at the front of the current hospital.

As Walters described what would be on each floor, it was apparent planners are building future growth potential into the building as well as augmenting existing services and equipment. The basement level will be storage. The first floor will include a waiting area, gift shop and coffee shop. On the mezzanine, will be expanded cardiac services—radiology and imaging, including women’s imaging, and the main laboratory.

The second floor will be “the women’s and baby floor” for delivery and neonatal services, Walters said, noting that area of service has grown exponentially. The new space will allow for 25 percent more growth. The third floor will be for mechanical staff plus a new kitchen—to provide food service to the tower and to serve as an auxiliary kitchen. The fourth floor will be dedicated to obstetrics, and to provide more accommodation for high-risk mothers. The fifth and sixth floors will feature general-medical and progressive care beds, including post cardiac and ICU patients. The seventh floor will feature universally sized beds, what Walters called “whatever” beds “that will allow a lot more flexibility.”

The first big patient move into the new tower will be at the end of 2019, Walters said.

A second tower is envisioned in the future as well as more medical office space.

“We’re consistently trying to grow with the community, its needs and complexity,” Walters said.

In answer to growing community needs, the hospital has begun the state application process to become a trauma level 3 institution—the lowest trauma level. Inova Fairfax Hospital is a level 1 trauma center.

The supervisors’ vote to approve Inova Loudoun Hospital’s expansion came two days after the 124-bed StoneSprings Hospital Center opened on the southern end of the county in Arcola.

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