Riverside has been a vital part of the Virginia Peninsula since 1916. This modern, progressive organization evolved with the community's needs over the decades, anticipating changes in the health care environment:
Charter is granted for the Newport News General and Non-Sectarian Hospital, Inc.
50-bed hospital opens on Huntington Avenue, north of 50th Street.
First graduation of the Training School for Nurses - one graduate.
The hospital name changes to Riverside Hospital; the hospital increases its size to 70 beds.
Riverside Hospital expands outside its original structure through the purchase of two homes adjacent to the hospital.
1941 – 1945
During World War II, three major new additions are constructed bringing the capacity to 240 beds.
After a decade of dramatically increasing demand, land is acquired from the Mariners’ Museum, and plans are finalized for a new $7 million hospital on J. Clyde Morris Boulevard.
During 1959, the employees of Newport News Shipbuilding donate over $726,000 to the fund raising campaign for the new hospital. Physicians contribute $300,000, and by early 1960, the $3 million goal is achieved. Construction is started on the new hospital.
The new Coronary Care Unit, a unique model for the nation, opens. New four story West Wing opens, bringing bed capacity to 397.
63-bed expansion to the East Wing completed; bed capacity now 460.
Community Mental Health Center opens, setting an example in comprehensive mental health services.
A decade of close cooperation with the Newport News Health Department comes to fruition, as ground is broken for a new Public Health Center adjacent to the hospital.
With the completion of the 5th and 6th story additions to the Annex building, the bed complement is brought to 641.
Central shared laundry facility becomes operational.
Central food production center becomes operational. Virginia's first computerized axial tomography scanner is installed at Riverside.
Walter Reed Memorial Hospital, a 71-bed satellite of Riverside located in Gloucester, opens.
Newly renovated Emergency/Trauma Center opens; expansion of cardiology, dialysis, and medical education areas is completed. Virginia's first hospital-based Hospice program for the terminally ill opens.
Planning begins on a new regional cancer treatment center.
On July 1, Riverside's corporate reorganization occurs, creating the holding company concept, with Riverside Healthcare Association as the parent company. This re-structuring allows the Riverside organization to develop into other areas of healthcare.
Riverside acquires Peninsula Wellness and Fitness Center, acquires Hampton Convalescent Center, opens the Smithfield Convalescent Center, and starts the Riverside Home Health Agency.
Lake Taylor City Hospital in Norfolk comes under management contract, and with this addition, the Association grows to own or manage more than 1,000 long-term care beds. Patrick Henry Hospital becomes an official part of the Association. Plans begin to purchase and develop the old Mary Immaculate Hospital into a rehabilitation hospital.
Riverside Cancer Treatment Center is completed. An expansion of Walter Reed Memorial Hospital is completed.
Replacement building for Patrick Henry is completed at a cost of $7.5 million, and the name is changed to Patrick Henry Healthcare Center. Riverside Clinical Laboratories establishes Riverside Veterinary Laboratories. Riverside purchases Briarwood in Richmond and begins conversion into the largest wellness and fitness center in the state.
The old buildings at Patrick Henry are demolished to make way for Warwick Forest Retirement Community. Riverside acquires two durable medical equipment companies. Company Care, an outreach program to business and industry, begins active work. Walter Reed Memorial Hospital acquires a dialysis center adjacent to the hospital. Rehabilitation Institute of Virginia opens in July. Golden Care PLUS program is implemented at Riverside and Walter Reed Memorial Hospitals. Women's Health Services is established. Hampton Convalescent Center completes an addition, bringing their total beds to 140.
Rosewood Convalescent Center is replaced with a 59 bed new facility. Warwick Day Surgery is opened, and Walter Reed Home Health Agency is established. The MRI service opens at Riverside Regional Medical Center with a new building. Hampton Convalescent Center adds 20 more beds. Patrick Henry Healthcare Center completes construction of support buildings and an adult daycare center.
Riverside Health System evolves from Riverside Healthcare Association as the company consolidates the corporate identities under one name - Riverside. Riverside Hospital is renamed Riverside Regional Medical Center. A new convalescent center at West Point is opened. The Ask-A-Nurse program begins. Six new properties are purchased for physician ambulatory services, Riverside Medical Care Center opens in Denbigh, and Riverside Healthcare Center-Smithfield opens. Riverside acquires the Norfolk-based Physician Office Service Company. Riverside Rehabilitation Institute begins computer training for the disabled.
Riverside acquires Tidewater Memorial Hospital at Tappahannock, renaming it Riverside Tappahannock Hospital. Riverside Wellness and Fitness Center - Middle Peninsula opens on the campus of Riverside Walter Reed Hospital, and Riverside Child Care and Learning Center begins operation. Tidewater Health Care joins Ask-A-Nurse as a network partner. Additional real estate is acquired for physician ambulatory services in Williamsburg, Toano, West Point, and York County. A healthcare center opens in the Hilton Village section of Newport News.
A wellness and fitness center opens in Williamsburg, and a minor emergency center opens next to Riverside Regional Medical Center for the convenience of those not needing Emergency Room treatment. An outpatient healthcare center opens in Williamsburg. A Home Care Division is established through consolidation of home care centers and home health agencies. A women's health unit is established at Riverside Walter Reed Hospital. Riverside Adult Daycare - Williamsburg begins operation. Dialysis services are expanded to the Hilton area of Newport News, and cardiovascular centers are implemented in Williamsburg, Gloucester, and Smithfield.
Windermere, a 60-bed nursing home developed as a joint venture with Tidewater Healthcare (Virginia Beach General Hospital) opens. Mobile technology service begins, with services including mammography, magnetic resonance imaging, cardiac catheterization, and Cancer Risk and Education. More than 10 other hospitals are provided mobile services. Riverside Regional Medical Center opens a chest pain emergency room. A freestanding G.I. Lab is established at Riverside Surgery Center-Warwick. A dialysis center opens in Williamsburg.
An outpatient physical therapy unit opens in Willow Oaks, and medical care centers are started in Grafton, Smithfield, and Montross. A Fit Stop and a second Child Care Center are opened in Oyster Point. Riverside Regional Medical Center establishes an Oncology Intensive Care Unit, offering bone marrow and stem cell transplant services.
Joint venture begins with Trigon (Blue Cross Blue Shield of Virginia) to establish and operate a Health Maintenance Organization in the Riverside service area. Additional physician practices are purchased in Gloucester County, and Riverside Rehabilitation Institute begins its own home health agency. A pulmonary rehabilitation program is developed at Riverside Regional Medical Center, and crisis services are expanded to include Williamsburg Community Hospital.
Joint venture begins with Williamsburg Community Hospital to develop and operate a megavoltage radiation therapy facility in Williamsburg. A clinical fitness center is opened in Oyster Point. Patriots Colony at Williamsburg holds groundbreaking ceremonies. The Virginia Health Services Cost Review Council names Riverside Regional Medical Center one of the most efficient facilities in the state. Riverside Health System and Trigon Blue Cross, in cooperation with the Newport News Health Department, initiate the Shots For Tots program (child immunizations). The Riverside Regional Medical Center Oncology program is accredited by the American College of Surgeons as a Comprehensive Community Cancer Program. Riverside Walter Reed Hospital begins programs in hospice, mobile radiology, ENT, and epidural pain management.
Riverside Health System acquires Patriots Colony, Inc., a corporation developing a 150-unit military retirement community in Williamsburg. Peninsula Health Care begins offering Healthkeepers Plus (Medicaid HMO). Riverside Health System installs a community index system to link demographic information from the various Riverside computer systems. A physical therapy satellite unit opens in Smithfield. Riverside Rehabilitation Institute offers pain management programs and opens a new physician clinic. Riverside Walter Reed Hospital expands ambulatory surgery, and introduces new physician specialties including neurology, oncology, and cardiology. Riverside’s employee Well Care Management program, Positive Lifestyles Commitment Program, begins.
Riverside Health System purchases a second mobile cardiac catheterization laboratory, and completes construction on the Williamsburg Radiation Therapy Center (a joint venture between Riverside Health System and Williamsburg Community Hospital). Patriots Colony opens an independent living facility for retired military officers and spouses. Dialysis programs in Smithfield and Williamsburg expand to meet a growing demand. The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities accredits the comprehensive inpatient and brain injury programs at Riverside Rehabilitation Institute.
Patriots Colony opens its assisted living and nursing home areas. Riverside Tappahannock Hospital begins its cardiac rehabilitation program. Riverside Physician Associates (now Riverside Medical Group) continues its expansion to include practices in Williamsburg, James City County and Denbigh, making a total physician employment of nearly 200 professionals. Riverside Wellness and Fitness Center – Tappahannock opens.
Ask-A-Nurse receives its one-millionth call. Riverside Health System begins development of a $12 million three-story ambulatory care center behind Williamsburg Crossing. Riverside Rehabilitation Institute implements an expansion of its harbor-front campus. The focal point of this project will be the Riverside Shoreview Medical Center. This 6,000+ square foot building, which was previously a convent, is renovated to become an outpatient medical center.
On October 1, 1999, Nelson L. St. Clair, Jr. steps down as President of Riverside Health System and becomes the Vice Chairman of the RHS Board and Chief Executive Officer. Richard J. Pearce is appointed President and COO of Riverside Health System. Patriots Colony begins expansion of its long-term care unit as a result of transferring 30 nursing home beds from Riverside Hampton Convalescent Center (which becomes a 120-bed facility). Sentara, as a result of an option agreement in the joint venture, acquires Windermere from Riverside. Riverside also terminates its management contract with the Hospital Authority of Norfolk to operate Lake Taylor Hospital effective December 1, 1999. Riverside receives a Certificate of Public Need to construct and operate a 60-bed nursing home and a 60-bed assisted living unit in Warsaw (Richmond County).
Riverside Healthcare Center – Williamsburg opens with the medical office building fully occupied. Included in the complex is a full radiological diagnostic center. Riverside acquires Peninsula Behavioral Center, a 125-bed inpatient and outpatient psychiatric facility in Hampton. Construction begins on a medical office building in Warsaw.
Richard J. Pearce becomes President and CEO of Riverside Health System. Riverside Regional Medical Center receives Certificate of Public Need approvals for a new CT scanner for the Diagnostic Center in Oyster Point and for a second fixed MRI at the Medical Center. In addition, the Health Commissioner approves a new ambulatory surgery center with four operating rooms to be located on the hospital campus. RRMC is also approved for the first mobile PET scanner in eastern Virginia, and this equipment will alternate between the Medical Center, Riverside Walter Reed Hospital and Riverside Tappahannock Hospital. Riverside is also approved for a major expansion of the Emergency Department and Trauma Center. Riverside Health System announces plans for a $100 million renovation of Riverside Regional Medical Center. Riverside Regional Medical Center is approved by the State Health Commissioner to construct a radiation therapy center at Riverside Walter Reed Hospital. Construction begins on the convalescent center in Warsaw. Riverside Healthcare Foundation sets aside $6 million for the advancement of nursing, beginning a program of full scholarships for students pursuing health careers at a host of colleges, universities and health occupation schools. Over 150 scholarships are awarded in 2001 with an equal number anticipated in future years.
During Spring 2002, the first residents move into Magnolia Manor, Riverside’s newest assisted living facility in Warsaw. Riverside Regional Medical Center celebrates 20 years of performing open-heart surgery. Construction begins on the new surgery center and expanded emergency department at Riverside Regional Medical Center. An addition to Riverside Healthcare Center-Williamsburg expands that facility, allowing office space to house 35 physicians and surgeons. In the fall of 2002, patients are admitted to the 60-bed nursing home at The Orchard, a senior living community in Warsaw.
The State Health Commissioner approves Riverside’s application to operate an ambulatory surgery center, containing two operating rooms and two gastrointestinal procedure rooms in Williamsburg in the Williamsburg Crossing facility. The Commissioner also approves a new CT scanner, and use of the mobile MRI at this location. Peninsula Surgery Center opens on the main campus of Riverside Regional Medical Center. Peninsula Behavioral Center is renamed Riverside Behavioral Health Center. The State Health Commissioner approves a transfer of 60 psychiatric beds from Riverside Regional Medical Center to Riverside Behavioral Health Center. Patriots Colony breaks ground on a $3 million expansion of its assisted living offerings. Construction begins on the Riverside Middle Peninsula Cancer Center. The State Health Commissioner approves a $242 million renovation and modernization of Riverside Regional Medical Center. Riverside acquires the Francis Sanders Nursing Home and Assisted Living complex in Gloucester. Dr. Paul Micale, cardiologist at Riverside Regional Medical Center, performs the Peninsula's first drug eluting stent implant procedure in June.
Williamsburg Radiation Therapy Center receives approval by the State Health Commissioner for a second linear accelerator. Riverside Regional Medical Center receives Certificate of Public Need approval to construct a freestanding comprehensive cancer center on the main campus. The Riverside Middle Peninsula Cancer Treatment Center opens. The Doctors Surgery Center in Williamsburg begins operations.
The State Health Commissioner approves MRI and CT Services at a site in Benns Church (Smithfield) and CT services for a healthcare complex to be constructed in Hampton. Additionally, the State Health Commissioner issues a Certificate of Public Need to Riverside Regional Medical Center and University of Virginia Health System to provide an advanced radiosurgical tool, the Gamma Knife, to aid in brain surgery. A new campus for the Riverside School of Health Careers opens. Riverside Behavioral Health Center consolidates outpatient psychiatric and substance abuse services (formerly in Oyster Point Industrial Park) and inpatient services (formerly at Riverside Regional Medical Center) at their Hampton location. Riverside breaks ground April 25 on a $16.4 million comprehensive Cancer Care Center to be located on the Riverside Regional Medical Center campus. Riverside Behavioral Health Center breaks ground August 11 on a $3.6 million expansion. Riverside Convalescent Center-Hampton selected for First Place recognition for the 2005 D. A. "Woody" Brown Community Involvement Award, given by the Virginia Health Care Association to recognize exceptional programs that benefit residents and the community at large. Riverside Walter Reed Hospital's Cardiac Rehabilitation program is awarded National Certification through the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation. Riverside Regional Medical Center is recognized as one of only 36 hospitals to receive the 2005 Hospital of Choice Award from the American Alliance of Healthcare Providers. Riverside announces plans to build a 69-bed hospital with an emergency department in Williamsburg. Riverside Lifeline program celebrates a milestone as it begins providing service to its 1000th subscriber. Riverside Health System is recognized by Modern Healthcare magazine as one of the nation's 100 Most Wired hospitals and health systems in America.
Riverside Medical Group evolves from its predecessor Riverside Physician Associates, as Riverside marks major milestones on the transformation from being a hospital company with affiliated physicians into a physicians' company with affiliated hospitals. Riverside is approved by the State Health Commissioner for a fixed MRI in Williamsburg and a mobile MRI in Hampton. On April 11, Riverside Regional Medical Center holds dedication ceremonies to open the new Cancer Care Center. Riverside Health System enters into an agreement to allow Renal Advantage, Inc. to acquire seven dialysis centers. Riverside Regional Medical Center receives a Quality-In-Sights: Hospital Incentive Program (Q-HIP) award from Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield for consistently following national patient safety and clinical guidelines. Riverside and the University of Virginia open the region's only radiosurgery center with a $6 million Gamma Knife facility. Riverside Regional Medical Center begins using the da Vinci surgical robotics system. Riverside Rehabilitation Institute celebrates its 20th anniversary. Riverside Regional Medical Center establishes a helicopter medical transport service. Riverside Health System is recognized, for the second year in a row, by Modern Healthcare magazine as one of the nation's 100 Most Wired hospitals and health systems in America. Riverside Rehabilitation Institute and Riverside Convalescent Center - Hampton are recognized by Inside Business as one of the top 25 places in Hampton Roads to work. Riverside Health System receives two of six grants awarded by the Commonwealth of Virginia to develop Programs for All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE). Riverside Regional Medical Center is selected, for the second time, as one of the nation's 100 top cardiovascular hospitals by Solucient®. Riverside Regional Convalescent Center (now The Gardens at Warwick Forest) takes first steps to moving convalescent center beds to Williamsburg, embracing the Green House model of care. Riverside Behavioral Health Center opens a 12-bed, $3.6 million expansion of acute services and residential adolescent programs. Riverside breaks ground for a surgery center and medical office center in Hampton. Riverside again successfully marshals the support of 80% of the citizens of Williamsburg for state approval of the Doctors' Hospital and re-files its Certificate of Public Need application to construct the Williamsburg hospital.
Riverside Medical Group expands to over 300 physicians as Emergency Medicine is added as a major specialty in Virginia's largest multi-specialty group. The Hospital Quality Incentive Demonstration (HQID), conducted by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and Premier, Inc., recognizes Riverside Regional Medical Center for excellent results in hip and knee surgery. HQID also recognizes Riverside Tappahannock Hospital for their outstanding accomplishments in the focus area of Heart Failure. Riverside School of Professional Nursing receives a donation of nearly $1.2 million, the largest one-time donation ever received by the school, from the estate of Ruby Pope Drumm, a 1948 graduate of the school. Riverside Health System receives three International Telly Awards for outstanding promotional programming. A new medical office building, called Riverside Healthcare Center, opens in November in Hampton, offering outpatient surgery, diagnostic services and physician services. Riverside Medical Group and Warwick Forest Retirement Community are recognized as Employers of Choice. Of the 27 physicians in the Commonwealth of Virginia that earned elite Heart/Stroke Recognition in 2007, 26 are members of Riverside Medical Group. Riverside Regional Medical Center is the only hospital in Virginia to receive the 2007 Hospital of Choice Award from the American Alliance of Healthcare Providers. Riverside Diagnostic Center in Newport News is designated a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the Commission on Quality and Safety and the Commission on Breast Imaging. For the third year, Riverside is named among the Most Wired hospitals in America and the only hospital or health system in Virginia to receive the distinction in 2007. Riverside and University of Virginia RadioSurgery Center adds Synergy S technology to its treatment capabilities, enabling physicians to treat larger cancer tumors anywhere in the body. Health information content by mayoclinic.com added to riversideonline.com, with visits for 2007 alone, totaling over 1 million by the end of July. Riverside awarded 5-star rating nationally for prostatectomy excellence.
Four local free clinics benefit from Riverside Health System Foundation's donation of Visually Enhanced Lesion Scopes to detect oral cancer. Riverside Health System is named to the nation's Most Wired list for the fourth consecutive year, according to the results of the 2008 Most Wired Survey and Benchmarking Study released in the July issue of Hospitals & Health Networks magazine. Riverside files third Certificate of Public Need application in October to build Doctors' Hospital of Williamsburg. Riverside Health System makes $1 million in funding available to pilot program to incent small businesses in eastern Virginia to begin offering health insurance to their employees. Riverside Medical Group receives the prestigious Medical Group Preeminence Award, recognizing the group's efforts in improved patient care, physician leadership development and innovative information sharing between physicians and care sites. Riverside Health System is selected as finalist for the 2007 Foster G. McGaw Prize in recognition of exemplary efforts to serve the community. Riverside Regional Medical Center is the only hospital in Hampton Roads to achieve designation as among the nation's 100 top cardiovascular hospitals by Thomson Reuters Top Hospitals.
Riverside Behavioral Health Center engages in a new partnership with the Hampton-Newport News Community Services Board to provide psychiatric care. Riverside Health System receives approval in May on the Certificate of Public Need to build Doctors' Hospital in Williamsburg. The Board of Trustees for Shore Health Services, Inc. votes unanimously to approve an affiliation with Riverside, to include Shore Memorial Hospital, Shore Cancer Center and Shore LifeCare at Parksley. Riverside Health System is named for the fifth consecutive year to the nation's Top 100 Most Wired Hospitals/Health Systems, according to the results of the 2009 Most Wired Survey and Benchmarking Study released in the July issue of Hospitals & Health Networks magazine. In spite of economic pressures, Riverside Regional Medical Center's Board of Directors decides to maintain the facility's Level II trauma designation. Surgeons at Riverside Regional Medical Center are the first to implant a new cardiac monitor and alert system as part of a clinical trial involving 14 facilities. Affiliation between Shore Memorial Hospital and Riverside Health System becomes official on September 1, 2009. Riverside Regional Medical Center earns the Gold Seal of Approval from The Joint Commission for Primary Stroke Centers, following an on-site review in October 2009. World Famous Herman's Hermits group performs at Riverside Health System Foundation New Year's Eve Gala to benefit local Community Free Clinic as well as the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation.
Riverside expands in-home technology program to include medication dispensers. Riverside Walter Reed Hospital unveils its "Make a Difference" sculpture in memory of local citizen and generous donor, J. Doswell Dutton. The Riverside & University of Virginia Radiosurgery Center reaches a milestone by treating its 1000th patient since the facility opened in 2006. Riverside Health System is named to the nation's Top 100 Most Wired Hospitals/Health Systems for a sixth consecutive year, according to the results of the 2010 Most Wired Survey and Benchmarking Study released in the July issue of Hospitals & Health Networks magazine. Riverside Tappahannock Hospital unveils "Make a Difference" Donor Recognition Sculpture and announces their capital campaign for private patient rooms. Eastern Shore Physicians & Surgeons, Inc., the Eastern Shore's largest and oldest team of multi-specialty physicians and other healthcare providers, becomes part of Riverside Medical Group in September. Riverside Regional Medical Center's Medical Surgical Intensive Care Unit earns Silver Beacon Award, from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses, for extraordinary commitment to high-quality critical care standards and dedication to exceptional care of patients and their families. The American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy awarded a three-year certificate of recognition to Riverside Peninsula Gastroenterology for promoting quality in endoscopy. Riverside Walter Reed Hospital scores highest for efficiency among eastern Virginia hospitals, according to the Virginia Health Information's 2010 Industry Report.
Med Express, an urgent care network with three existing locations, joins Riverside. Riverside introduces senior care navigators in January to help seniors have a smooth, seamless transition from care to community. William B. Downey, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, is selected to assume the responsibilities and title of President of Riverside Health System, effective March 1, 2011, as part of Riverside's leadership succession plan. Riverside is first in Virginia and among earliest in the nation to meet stringent 'meaningful use' guidelines for participation in Medicare Electronic Health Record Program. Riverside holds a groundbreaking ceremony on July 12, 2011, marking the beginning of construction of the new Doctors' Hospital in Williamsburg. Riverside Health System is named for the seventh consecutive year to the nation's Top 100 Most Wired Hospitals/Health Systems, according to the results of Hospitals & Health Networks magazine 2011 Most Wired Survey and Benchmarking Study. In August, the Commissioner of the Virginia Department of Health approves the relocation of Riverside Shore Memorial Hospital to a site north of its current location. Riverside Medical Group physician, Dr. Michael Peyser, receives the Cancer Liaison Physician Outstanding Performance Award from the Commission on Cancer. Riverside Regional Medical Center's Cardio Vascular Telemetry Unit earns Silver Beacon Award, from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses, for extraordinary commitment to high-quality critical care standards and dedication to exceptional care of patients and their families. The Joint Commission names Riverside Regional Medical Center one of the nation's top performers on key quality measures, based on data reported about evidence-based clinical processes that are shown to improve care for certain conditions, including heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, surgical care and children's asthma. Virginia Nurses Foundation recognizes the outstanding contributions of 10 Riverside nurses who were selected to be among the top "40 under 40" nurses in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Saint Francis Service Dogs of Roanoke donate first-ever "facility dog" to Riverside Rehabilitation Institute in an effort to provide a wider range of care and therapy choices for patients. Riverside Regional Medical Center employs next generation of da Vinci surgical robotic technology, allowing increased precision, safety and improved recovery rate. The inpatient diabetes program at Riverside Regional Medical Center is the first in Virginia to receive the Gold Seal of Approval from The Joint Commission, recognizing the medical center's voluntary commitment to the highest level of care for patients with diabetes. In an effort to provide residents in rural areas with expanded, specialized medical treatment, Riverside Health System launches its Center for Telemedicine, the first of its kind in Hampton Roads and one of only a handful of collaborative programs across Virginia. Riverside Tappahannock Hospital is named a Top Performer in the Hospital Quality Incentive Demonstration Project (HQID) for delivering high quality care in five of the five clinical areas. HQID also recognizes Riverside Health System's performance in delivering quality patient care in six clinical areas in a nationwide hospital quality improvement project. Riverside Medical Group physician, Dr. Hugh M. Bryan III, is sworn in as president of the Medical Society of Virginia. Riverside Regional Medical Center earns The Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval for certification as a Primary Stroke Center for the second consecutive year. Riverside Regional Medical Center is first on the Virginia Peninsula to achieve Chest Pain Center Accreditation with Percutaneous Coronary Intervention from the Society of Chest Pain Centers. Riverside Regional Medical Center is recognized as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures by the Joint Commission.
Virginia Department of Health awards recertification to Trauma Program at Riverside Regional Medical Center. Riverside Regional Medical Center achieves a "Better Than Standard" rating by posting an Early Elective Delivery assessment of just 1% for 2011; the target set by The Leapfrog Group for 2011 was 5%. Riverside Diagnostic Center in Oyster Point receives accreditation for Breast MRI from the American College of Radiology. Based on the report released by IMS Health, Riverside Health System achieves recognition for being one of the top 100 Integrated Hospital Networks (IHN) in the nation, as recognized by an article published in "Modern Healthcare" magazine. Three Riverside nursing leaders -- two employees and one retiree -- are selected as top nurses in the Hampton Roads Magazine Excellence in Nursing Competition. Riverside Walter Reed Hospital receives approval on its Certificate of Public Need to add a second CT scanner in Gloucester. Riverside Health System and University of Virginia welcome Chesapeake Regional Medical Center to the existing Radiosurgery Center partnership of seven years between Riverside and UVa. The Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons grants its Outstanding Achievement Award to Riverside Walter Reed Hospital as a result of surveys performed during 2011. Riverside, Virginia's largest PACE operator, holds a ribbon-cutting ceremony in April at newest center in Petersburg. Study data released by John A. Hartford Foundation shows Riverside's 9% average for Medicare annual wellness visits exceeds national results which were 6.5%. Riverside Cancer and Infusion Center nurses on the Eastern Shore achieve 100% oncology nursing certification. Riverside School of Health Careers offers its first associate's degree programs in radiologic technology and surgical technology. Riverside Health System is named among the Most Wired health systems for eighth consecutive year in the Hospitals & Health Networks Magazine 2012 Most Wired Survey and Benchmarking Study. U.S. News & World Report annual Best Hospitals ranking places Riverside Regional Medical as highest ranking on the Peninsula and number two in the Hampton Roads region. Riverside Regional Medical Center is among the first hospitals in Virginia to use cutting edge revascularization device in treating patients experiencing strokes. Riverside holds August ribbon-cutting in Newport News for fifth Riverside PACE Center. Riverside Walter Reed Hospital celebrates 35 years of service. Riverside reveals site plan and elevations for the proposed Shore Memorial Hospital replacement hospital, the only rural hospital being built in Virginia over the next two years, at the Accomack County Planning Commission meeting. Riverside Regional Medical Center is recognized as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures by the Joint Commission for the second consecutive year.