See Where We Started, How We Grew & Where We Are Today

It all started in 1910, the bustling community of Newport News needed a new hospital. Dr. Samuel Hobson's brief appeal to Walter Post ignited a community campaign that culminated in December 1915 when a charter was granted for Newport News General and Non-Sectarian Hospital, Inc.

The next 100 years built this idea into one of Virginia's leading providers of comprehensive health care. It has been a century of innovations, accreditations, expansions, customer care and giving back to the community. Scroll through our story and see how far we've come.

  • Newport News General and Non-Sectarian Hospital

    1915

    Charter granted for Newport News General and Non-Sectarian Hospital, Inc.

  • 1916

    New 50-bed hospital opens on Huntington Avenue.

  • 1918

    First Training School Nurses graduate.

  • 1919

    Babe Ruth signed with NY Yankees for $125,000.

  • Riverside Hospital

    1921

    Our name is changed to Riverside Hospital.

  • Riverside Hospital land purchase

    1936

    Riverside Hospital purchases land for expansion.

  • 1940

    A gallon of gas costs 11 cents.

  • 1945

    Hospital increases in size to 240 beds.

  • 1950

    The "Peanuts" comic strip makes its debut.

  • 1959

    Land is acquired from Mariners Museum.

  • Shipyard employees donate more than $726,000

    1959

    Shipyard employees donate more than $726,000 to build new hospital.

  • Land is cleared on J. Clyde Morris Boulevard

    1960

    Land is cleared on J. Clyde Morris Boulevard to begin construction of new 323-bed hospital.

  • 1961

    Breakfast at Tiffany's is released to theaters.

  • 1964

    New Riverside Hospital opens.

  • 1965

    New Coronary Care Unit (a model for the nation) opens.

  • 1969

    The U.S. lands on the moon.

  • Walter Reed Memorial Hospital

    1977

    Riverside opens Walter Reed Memorial Hospital in Gloucester.

  • 1979

    Virginia's first hospital-based Hospice Program opens at Riverside.

  • 1981

    Sandra Day O'Connor nominated to be first female justice on the U.S. Supreme Court.

  • Riverside Health Care Association

    1983

    Riverside Health Care Association is created, enabling Riverside to develop wellness, fitness and home health care.

  • 1986

    Women's Health Services established.

  • 1988

    Riverside Health System Association becomes Riverside Health System and new name is incorporated into the names of all components in the system.

  • 1989

    Riverside Child Care and Learning Center opens.

  • 1990

    Nelson Mandela is released from prison after 27 years.

  • 1992

    Riverside establishes perinatal services.

  • Warwick Forest

    1994

    Warwick Forest opens new assisted living facilities.

  • Patriots Colony

    1995

    Patriots Colony continuing care community becomes wholly owned subsidiary.

  • 1996

    Riverside Rehabilitation Institute receives CARF accreditation.

  • 1998

    The search engine Google is founded.

  • Riverside Health System Center-Williamsburg

    2000

    Riverside Health System Center-Williamsburg opens with full occupancy.

  • First mobile CAT Scan

    2001

    First mobile CAT Scan in the area.

  • 2001

    Riverside Foundation sets aside $6 million for nursing/health careers.

  • 2002

    First residents move into Magnolia Manor Assisted Living at the Orchard Nursing Home.

  • 2003

    Arnold Schwarzenegger is elected governor of California.

  • 2005

    New Riverside School of Health Careers campus opens on Main Street in Newport News.

  • 2006

    Riverside Medical Group formed from Riverside Physician Associates.

  • Cancer Care Center

    2006

    Cancer Care Center opens, now nationally accredited for its sophisticated treatment and care.

  • 2006

    Twitter is created.

  • 2006

    Riverside Regional Medical Center begins helicopter transport service.

  • 2006

    Riverside Health System recognized as one of "most wired" hospitals/systems.

  • Standard Post with Image

    2007

    26 of 27 Virginia-based doctors recognized for heart/stroke excellence are Riverside Medical Group members.

  • 2008

    Riverside Medical Group receives Medical Group Preeminence Award.

  • 2008

    First PACE facility opens in Hampton.

  • 2010

    Riverside Tappahannock launches campaign to fund all-private rooms.

  • Med Express

    2011

    Med Express joins Riverside Health System.

  • 2011

    William B. Downey becomes President/CEO.

  • 2011

    Riverside Regional Medical Center named top performer on key quality measures.

  • 2012

    Healing Garden dedicated at Cancer Care Center.

  • 2012

    Riverside Regional makes top 50 cardiovascular hospitals.

  • Riverside Doctors' Hospital

    2013

    Riverside Doctors' Hospital opens in Williamsburg.

  • Pavilion at Riverside Regional Medical Center

    2013

    Pavilion opens at Riverside Regional Medical Center.

  • Riverside Turns 100

    2015

    Riverside turns 100.

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