Rockingham Memorial Hospital has received some heart-warming news about the approval of a new program. The Virginia Department of Health has given RMH the green light for providing open heart surgery services. The department has been going through the state approval process for the last six months. The director of RMH heart and vascular services says there is a great need for the program with the large population growth in Harrisonburg and Rockingham County. A lot of those residents are over the age of 45, making them at higher risk for needing these services. "We're at the point, currently at the point, where open heart surgery is the last component that we will need in order to provide a comprehensive full cardiac service for our community, so I think this is a really a momentous occasion," says Dave Grembi, director of heart and vascular services. This will make the 19th open heart surgery program in Virginia. It will take a little over a year to get the program up and running.