February 25, 2008
The University of Virginia Health System has announced plans for a new addition to the hospital.
The new building will be a 40-bed facility for patients who require long-term medical care.
"This is a very different kind of patient, many of whom are on ventilators and many of whom are on dialysis. So they have more long term, but yet acute care requirements," said Health System CEO Ed Howell.
These plans are so new that the building doesn't have an official name yet.
Right now its being referred to as the Long Term Acute Care Hospital or L-TACH for short.
Howell said, "It allows us to focus our care on their needs which are different and also frees up the space to care for the shorter term acute care patients and thereby allowing us to focus care on their needs as well."
The L-TACH hospital will be next door to the existing Northridge facility on Ivy Road in Albemarle County.
Groundbreaking and construction is set for June of this year with an opening date of early 2009.