Topping Out Celebration Held at New Warren Memorial Hospital

WARREN COUNTY, VIRGINIA — Construction for the new Warren Memorial Hospital passed a major milestone this week, as owner Valley Health System held an official topping off ceremony.

More than 100 people gathered to celebrate and sign the steel beam before it was hoisted into position. Representatives from Valley Health System, hospital staff, local dignitaries, key donors, and more gathered together with project team members including builder Howard Shockey & Sons, Inc. of Winchester and architect Perkins + Will of Washington, DC helped to help celebrate the milestone of this highly anticipated construction project.

Mark Merrill, the president and CEO of Valley Health, said the new hospital marks a new chapter in Valley Health’s story.

“To have a beautiful place with natural light, inviting rooms and places to meet and places to work – it’s going to be a game-changer…for us and for our community,” said surgeon and Vice President of the Warren Memorial Hospital, Dr. Bob Meltvedt.

The new 175,965-SF hospital will offer 36 private patient rooms with large windows to capture natural light, generous space for visitors and private bathrooms.  It will have two trauma rooms, five clinical decision beds, an Emergency Department with 18 private rooms, three operating rooms, two endoscopy rooms, a cardiac catheterization lab, 22 universal prep and recovery rooms dedicated to diagnostic imaging.

The project is part of a new, contemporary medical campus on Leach Run Parkway in Warren County.  The new three-story replacement hospital will occupy about 28 acres of a 150-acre site.  This new campus will replace the county’s existing hospital, which was built in 1951.