by Madison White Franks
HEATHSVILLE—Addressing the Northumberland board of supervisors on July 13, Bon Secours Rappahannock General Hospital (RGH) chief of staff Will Stallings M.D. said the hospital will not be closing.
“The hospital is not closing. It is certainly not any where in Bon Secours’ plans. It doesn’t make sense from anyone’s standpoint. There needs to be a hospital in this community,” said Stallings.
“If the community has concerns, the board has concerns about the hospital and we all know that Rappahannock General Hospital and the medical staff and the Bon Secours Medical Group are essential for the success of our community from the health care standpoint as well as the economy and the confidence of our real estate market,” he said.
The Intensive Care Unit will no longer be a service offered at RGH, continued Stallings.
“It made sense for us to think about pushing our resources in another direction as opposed to continuing Intensive Care and 24/7 surgery coverage. That is in the future but it is going to take a few years. But you are going to see something that the community can be proud of in regards to the hospital,” said Stallings.
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