HCA Virginia announced plans today to develop a new medical campus on 49 acres of land it purchased for $19 million on Route 50 in southern Loudoun County. It would be the seventh location in HCAs Northern Virginia market.
HCA plans to develop the property in two phases, first by providing outpatient services and then adding a hospital. The projected costs and timeline for this future project are still being worked out, said HCA spokesman Mark Foust. Theres not enough of a need to build a hospital on Route 50 yet, but there may be one day, and we want to be prepared for that.
The site is less than a mile from where Inova Loudoun Hospital has planned a healthplex on 94 acres along Route 50, also with long-term plans for a hospital. HCA is finalizing an analysis of patient and community needs to determine the most appropriate services for the site.
In the meantime, HCAs first priority in Loudoun County is to begin work on its 164-bed Broadlands Regional Medical Center, which has been held up by zoning issues. Were pursuing a special zoning approval, and that matter is in the courts right now, Foust said.
Inova Loudoun Hospital Center has legally challenged HCAs certificate of public need to build the Broadlands facility, but Foust said HCA wasnt interested in sparring with Inova. Were focused on identifying and meeting community healthcare needs, not on competing with any other providers. At deadline, Inova had not responded to a request for comment. -- by Jennifer Lubell