LURAY — Page Memorial Hospital dedicated a $37 million facility adjacent to the original hospital on Monday.
More than 100 people attended today's ceremony, including officials from the town, county and Valley Health, which purchased the previously private, local hospital in 2008.
“We welcome a new era of healthcare in the community … from dream to reality,” PMH President Travis Clark told attendees.
Beneath the new glass overhang that will officially welcome patients on Saturday, speakers embraced the efforts to conceive and build the 25-bed critical access hospital.
“Isn’t this a great day in Page County?” asked Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-6th. “In rural areas, health care is not usually easy to come by.”
Mark Merrill, president and ceo of Valley Health, noted the regional healthcare provider’s excitement on opening the doors to the new facility on Saturday.
“Hopefully the county will embrace us in the same way [that Valley Health has embraced it],” Merrill said.
The new PMH, serving Virginia’s Northern Shenandoah Valley, is the sixth hospital of the Valley Health Network with headquarters at the Winchester Medical Center.
On Sunday, PMH officials and staff took more than 500 people on guided tours of the new facility during its Open House.
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