Norton Community Hospital begins construction on $12.3 million surgery center


            NORTON, Va. – Officials at Norton Community Hospital (NCH) broke ground Friday on a new $12.3 million surgery center that will bring the latest surgical technology to the residents of Southwest Virginia.

            The 17,000-square-foot facility will feature four operating rooms, three specialized rooms for endoscopy, GI and urology procedures, a spacious eight-bed recovery room, a centralized sterile supply room to improve workflow processes, and a dedicated covered entrance for convenient patient access.

            “We want to make sure that our surgeons have access to the latest technology and the best tools to care for our patients,” said Mark Leonard, CEO of Norton Community Hospital. “In addition to the extra space, we’re also adding new laparoscopy and monitoring equipment, enhanced lighting in the surgical suites and a new software system that will improve the charting process.”

            When complete, the 17,000-square-foot facility will be the largest and most technologically advanced surgical center in the Lenowisco health district of Southwest Virginia. Construction is expected to be finished in December 2012.

            “The NCH board of directors is pleased to see these advanced services offered to the residents we serve here in Southwest Virginia,” said Charles “Jibber” Ward, NCH board chair. “We are grateful to Mountain States Health Alliance for making this project possible.”

            "The progress you see here today is a perfect example of how together, we're better," said Ed Herbert, vice president of communications and marketing for MSHA. "Together, Norton Community Hospital and MSHA are working to provide the best health care for the residents of this region. Because this hospital is a part of MSHA, the team here has the capital dollars necessary to build this surgery center, and MSHA, in turn, is stronger because of the dedicated team members here in Wise County, who bring loving care to health care every day."

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