Valley Health prepares for future hospital in Warren County

The Warren Sentinel

FRONT ROYAL — Although a timeline for the construction of a new acute care hospital off Leach Run Parkway is unknown, Valley Health recently took preliminary steps to get ducks in a row through a series of deals with Warren County Public Schools.

Valley Health purchased about 150 acres off Leach Run Parkway in 2008 for $2.6 million. Of that land, the hospital may cover about 25 acres. The land is currently zoned agriculture and open-space preservation, and would have to be re-zoned before construction.

Valley Health recently received about 0.5 acres of land on the southeast corner of Leach Run Parkway from Warren County Public Schools, which the hospital will use for storm water management and signage.

The schools, in return, were given a small patch of land adjacent to Warren County Middle Schoolís track and field.

This "should yield positive results for both the hospital and middle school site — to provide more usable space to both campuses," Valley Health Vice President, Facilities and Construction, Mark Baker said in a letter to the School Board.

The School Board at its regular meeting last week approved the land swap, along with a sanitary sewer easement for the hospital. This will allow a future extension from the middle school's sewer line to the hospital campus. The final request approved was a 30-foot grading easement next to the proposed hospital driveway.

Warren Memorial Hospital President Floyd Heater said the requests to the school board were made in anticipation of possible future construction. An exact timeline for construction is dependent on approval of a business plan by the hospitalís board.

"It's just preparation work for the future. The land swap was small, and to make it more functional for both the school and us," Heater said.

The business plan should go before the board sometime before the end of the year, Heater said.

"They need time to review it and discuss it and act upon it," Heater said.

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