In early 1989, Riverside acquired the financially-troubled Tidewater Memorial Hospital, located in Tappahannock, Virginia. Renamed Riverside Tappahannock Hospital (RTH), the 67-bed facility serves citizens in a large rural area known as the Northern Neck.
Riverside has made significant changes to the hospital over the past 16 years. To enhance the quality of care provided, more than $15 million has been invested in state-of-the-art medical equipment. Two on-site medical buildings house offices for many of the more than 20 active physicians on the hospital's medical staff. The hospital's medical offices in Richmond County house primary care physicians in family medicine, internal medicine and pediatrics.
Since acquiring the hospital, Riverside has expanded services in many areas, including:
1990: A CT scanner was acquired.
Renovation of second floor of the Riverside Medical Arts building was completed.
GoldenCare, a benefit for Medicare beneficiaries was introduced.
Mobile MRI services were added.
Cardiac catheterization services were added.
Mammography services were established.
1991: Renovation of 1st floor of the medical arts building was completed.
RTH finished the year with no financial loss for the first time since 1985.
1993: RTH completes construction of new medical arts building.
1994: RTH opens a 4-bed progressive care unit.
Lithotripsy services begin.
1995: RTH receives accreditation with commendation, the highest level of accreditation awarded by the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations.
1997: Expansion of cardiopulmonary and medical records is completed.
Employee parking lot added.
Emergency department renovated and expanded.
1998: RTH opens the Infusion Center, initiating outpatient chemotherapy services.
1999: Hospice begins providing care to residents in the Tappahannock area.
Riverside receives a Certificate of Public Need to build and operate a 60-bed nursing home and a 60-bed assisted living unit in Warsaw.
2001: Riverside Regional Medical Center is approved for the first mobile PET scanner in eastern Virginia, traveling to RTH on a regular basis.
Warsaw Medical Arts opens providing family medicine and pediatric outpatient care.
2002: First residents move into The Orchard, Riverside's assisted living and 60-bed nursing home in Warsaw.
2006: RTH constructs new 7-bed intensive care unit.
Callao Family Practice joins Riverside.
2007: Bay Harbor practice in Burgess joins Riverside, expanding coverage in that region.
RTH transfers 25-skilled nursing beds to the Orchard, preparing for conversion to private rooms.
2008: RTH installs Open Bore MRI.
White Stone Family Practice joins Riverside, expanding reach in the Northern Neck.
RTH renovates and expands surgical suite to include endoscopy suites, pain management suite, and 11 preoperative and postoperative beds.
2009: Riverside Medical Arts-Mt. Clements opens with 30,000 square feet of new medical office space.
Riverside Urgent Care opens.
Riverside Pain Management & Rehabilitative Services opens.
2010: RTH kicks off "Building a Better Place to Heal, Close to Home" Capital Campaign for conversion to all private rooms.
2011: Riverside King & Queen Internal Medicine and Pediatrics opens.
RTH renovates Emergency Department.
Riverside Sleep Disorders Center opens.
Riverside Tappahannock Hospital has a diverse group of board-certified physicians providing care to residents of the Tappahannock, Essex, Richmond, and Westmoreland Counties and the northernmost parts of Lancaster, Northumberland, Middlesex and King and Queen counties.
RTH is committed to providing high quality healthcare services to the citizens in the Upper Middle Peninsula and Northern Neck communities. The hospital is accredited with commendation by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations.
Some of our quality recognitions include:
- Riverside Tappahannock Hospital is accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations.
- Riverside Tappahannock Hospital was recognized as #1 of 45 hospitals in Virginia that participated in the SRC-QHIP Program. The program assess the hospital's performance in national quality measures, as well as, participation in national patient safety efforts, which include the National Patient Safety Goals, vaccination programs, patient safety initiatives, and patient outcomes measures.
- Riverside Tappahannock Hospital received the LeapFrog Award for "Rural Hospital with most "Leap Frog" Measures Met.