Inova Loudoun Hospital celebrated an important milestone this morning when it officially launched the renovation and expansion of its Lansdowne facility with a “brick-breaking” ceremony.
The not-for-profit hospital is expanding its emergency room and beginning the process to attain level III trauma center status, which will allow the hospital to treat more critically injured patients. As the first trauma center in Loudoun, it will mean fewer patients having to be transported to hospitals outside of the county.
The start of construction heralds the next move in the hospital’s master plan to expand its facilities and service programs for Loudoun’s growing community.
The expanded ER will be named the Inova Virts Miller Family Emergency and Trauma Center, in recognition of a $2 million donation from Sharon D. Virts and Scott F. Miller, Loudoun residents who own Ashburn-based government contractor FCi Federal, one of the nation’s fastest growing companies.
Addressing a crowd at the ceremony Wednesday morning, Virts said she and Miller have been blessed with a growing business and feel it’s important to give back to the community that has given so much to them.
She said she and her family owe a lot to Inova hospitals. She was born at the “old hospital” in downtown Leesburg; she later worked as a volunteer “candy-striper” at the newer facility built on that campus; and, she added, “now with four boys I’ve had multiple visits to the ER.”
She also credited Inova for saving the life of her younger brother, Kevin Virts. After he suffered a brain aneurysm last summer, he was flown to Inova Fairfax Hospital where he spent 33 days recovering.
“We thank the Inova system for their great work,” she said.
Philanthropy has been key in the hospital’s expansion. ER Medical Director Dr. Edward Puccio and his colleagues at Commonwealth Emergency Physicians and Mike and Teresa Wheeler—who also contributed significantly to the expanded ER facilities at the Cornwall campus in Leesburg—each gave $250,000 to kick-start the new campaign. Other community donations totaled $500,000 so far. The project is estimated to cost more than $5 million.
Puccio called the Emergency Room the front door of the hospital, the first thing most patients will see. “And you know you don’t get a second change to make a first impression,” he said.
For his part, Loudoun Hospital CEO H. Patrick Walters said, “We’re thrilled to be expanding on our promise of providing world-class healthcare to our community,” adding that the hospital was grateful to donors.
The expansion includes the addition of eight private adult treatment rooms, for a total of 34 adult treatment rooms; an addition of one room in the children’s ER, for a total of 12 pediatric treatment rooms; children’s triage area; “fast track” rooms to treat less serious injuries; new cardiac emergency rooms; and an additional behavioral health room.
The multi-phased project is expected to be completed in the last quarter of 2017, and hospital leaders said there will be no interruption of care for patients.
Reporter Margaret Morton contributed to this report.