Town Seeking A Standalone ER

Bridgewater To Pursue Acute-Care Provider

Posted: November 16, 2013

Bridgewater is seeking an acute health care provider to set up shop in town.


Town Council approved a resolution at its Tuesday meeting directing Superintendent Bob Holton to reach out to Rockingham Memorial Hospital, Augusta Medical Center and similar providers to demonstrate the feasibility of locating in Bridgewater, find a suitable location and try to move the process along quickly.


Holton said traveling time and convenience motivated council to actively pursue an acute-care provider for such ailments as broken ankles, sudden illness and infections.


It’s been an issue Bridgewater officials have heard about from residents for years, particularly those 65 and older, he said in an email.


Town officials would like to have a standalone emergency room available. Standalone ERs are becoming popular nationwide, according to a recent report in USA Today.


RMH’s move from Cantrell and South Main Street in Harrisonburg to its facility on Port Republic Road southeast of the city in 2010 put more distance between Bridgewater and emergency care, town officials note. They estimate it now takes 22 minutes to get to RMH and 35 minutes to get to Augusta Medical Center in Fishersville.


If the town’s effort is successful, it wouldn’t just benefit Bridgewater residents, according to Holton.


“Something located in our area, and it doesn’t really have to be within our borders, will serve southern Rockingham County, Dayton, Mount Crawford and maybe even as far south as Weyers Cave,” he noted.


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