Riverside Walter Reed Hospital Celebrates 35 Years of Service
Gloucester, VA - Riverside Walter Reed Hospital (RWRH) opened its doors on September 13, 1977 as Walter Reed Memorial Hospital. Since 1977, RWRH has grown into a comprehensive, physician-led health system providing state-of-the-art healthcare through a compassionate and professional team.
"Riverside Walter Reed Hospital is proud to continue its legacy of providing exceptional healthcare to our community, said Megan Kleckner," RWRH Administrator. "Through the years, we have been committed to providing a wide array of healthcare services so that our community members can receive the care they need, close to home," said Kleckner.
"At Riverside, making sure we have the most up-to-date medical technology is a priority," said Gregg Shivers, M.D., Service Line Administrator at RWRH. For example, in 2005, the hospital invested in open-bore MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) equipment. The new design of the open bore accommodates all size patients and eliminates anxiety and claustrophobia.
"Our commitment to wellness and prevention came full-circle with the opening of the Riverside Wellness and Fitness Center in 1989," said Kleckner. The center offers both prevention and rehabilitation programs such as: physical therapy, cardiac rehabilitation, physician referred medical memberships, and many others. They currently have 3,900 members.
In 2003, Riverside acquired the Francis Sanders Nursing Home and Assisted Living Complex in Gloucester. Sanders offers independent and assisted living services as well as rehabilitation. Riverside is currently converting the Sanders Nursing Home into a Home Model concept. The Home Model is when Riverside is moving for all its long care facilities. "Over 45% of our patients are Medicare recipients, and over the past 22 years Riverside has elevated lifelong, healthy aging – providing services that help our community members enjoy health throughout their lives – to a system-wide priority," said Shivers.
"Perhaps one of our proudest accomplishments was the opening of the Riverside Middle Peninsula Cancer Center in 2005, said Kleckner. " Regardless of the type of cancer care required, our cancer specialists located at the center offer the latest treatment options available, under one roof and close to home."
"At Riverside, we strive every day to provide top-quality care and in doing so have been nationally recognized for our efforts," said Kleckner. In 2005, the Riverside Cardiac Rehabilitation program met stringent requirements and received national certification. The hospital's ambulatory services division received 100% quality scores in 2009, and most recently, the Virginia Health Information's Industry Report rated the hospital highest for efficiency.
"Two thousand twelve has been an exciting year for us, added Kleckner. "In December, we'll open a new 12,000 square foot, eight-bed Intensive Care Unit which will feature the J. Doswell Dutton Family Care Center. The 900 square foot family care center will provide a home like atmosphere with comfortable and convenient accommodations for families to stay close to loved ones while in the hospital for extended periods of time," said Kleckner.
"The size, scope, and depth of our services have changed, but we continue to define a remarkable tradition of providing the best care to all the communities we serve," said Robert Marble, RWRH Board Chairman. "In the future, we will continue to invest in resources that support the health and well being of the people we have the pleasure of serving, for another 35 years and beyond," added Marble.
Published: September 11, 2012