New Ideas for New Hospital

By: Laura Speakman
By: Laura Speakman

Cows grazing...that's mostly what you'll see on this piece of property with more than 300 acres adjacent to Pleasant Valley Road in Rockingham County. It's owner? The Rockingham Memorial Hospital.
"In all the things that have come up before this I haven't heard it being considered," said Floyd.
Supervisor Dee Floyd *wants* it to be considered; but It's the 254 acres at the intersection of Reservoir and Port Republic Road the hospital is firmly holding on to.
"There must be some place better than there on Port Road and Reservoir which is probably now the most congested intersection we have leading in and out of Harrisonburg," said Floyd.
Last month the Board of Supervisors learned it will cost around 68.8 million dollars to make the needed road improvements for the area around the proposed site. Of that R.M.H. is willing to put forward 2 million.
"The money to do the road work that would need to be done there won't even start until 2011 and the hospital plans to have it built by 2009," said Floyd.
In a statement released yesterday R.M.H. President Carter Melton said the inadequacies of the site were significant. However, the hospital hasn't specifically laid out what is wrong with this site. Supervisor Floyd says he wants to know because he feels this site is better than the one sitting on the table.
"I'm not opposed to building a new hospital I think it's a necessary thing but I do not like the site they have picked," said Floyd.
Before the rezoning of the current proposal is taken off the table, Floyd wants his proposed site to be considered.


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