Location, Location, Location! The new site is located near I-81, a short distance from Route 33, and is on the popular Port Republic Road. Because the new hospital will attract a lot of traffic, Port Republic Road is also undergoing some major renovation. (Right now, they are adding lanes by the new CVS Pharmacy.) Harrisonburg is growing mostly Eastward, so having the new hospital site on that end of town is a plus.
Building Green. RMH is focused on building this new hospital “green” because buildings, materials, and the environment have an impact on our health. Some specific things they are putting in this new hospital: good indoor air quality, energy efficiency, water efficiency, wetland and land preservation, and thoughtful waste management.
Future Growth. The new building design “supports future growth of existing and new programs, such as cardiac surgery,” according to their website. The new facility will also support emerging technologies, such as wireless communication.
To see renderings, photos, floor plans, a project time line, and videos, check out the RMH – Destination Health website. (It is awesome, too!)