Page Memorial Hospital moving into its new home
Page Memorial Hospital in Luray is entering a new phase this spring. That’s when the 25-bed hospital will move across the street to a new $37 million facility.
The almost-90-year-old hospital had been at its 56,200-square-foot home on Memorial Drive since 1958. The old hospital building will be demolished except for a section that was added in 1999.
The new 67,100-square-foot hospital will feature more clinical space and be connected to Page Health Care Associates, the hospital’s largest physician practice, which opened in 2012.
The hospital’s second floor will house Massanutten Health & Rehab, a short-term rehabilitation program for people recovering from injuries.
“You’re not seeing as much acute care in the smaller facilities. More stuff is being treated on an outpatient basis, and more is going to the larger facilities. But the one thing that the smaller places like Page [Memorial] can do well, we should be able to rehab patients very well, and we are going to have a beautiful facility to be able to do that,” says Travis Clark, the hospital’s president.
Massanutten Health & Rehab will help patients get acclimated to a home setting. The rehab center will have a kitchen and a gym.
“So they’ll have the training and the rehabilitation before they go back home, whereas now in our current facility we just don’t have … that physical infrastructure to do that,” Clark says.
Page Memorial hopes the area’s relaxing setting and popular tourist attractions like Luray Caverns will draw patients and their families to Massanutten Health & Rehab.
Building the replacement hospital was part of a deal with Winchester-based Valley Health, which acquired Page Memorial in 2009.
“Fortunately for Page County, in the past five years Valley Health has invested over $43 million in infrastructure here, which is phenomenal for a rural community,” Clark says. “We just need to get … business and jobs or try to bring people in to use … these beautiful facilities as well as obviously our patients here at home.”
Page Memorial employs around 200 people in the area, Clark says. The hospital’s economic impact on the county is about $40 million a year, he says.