Nassawadox VA — On May 4, 2012, The Richmond Circuit Court denied the Board of Supervisors of Northampton County’s appeal to Establish Good Cause. Riverside Shore Memorial Hospital (RSMH) has been planning for the relocation of the hospital since the Certificate of Public Need (COPN) was granted last summer. The ground breaking is scheduled to occur in 2013.

“We agree with the ruling the Circuit Court granted today” said Joe Zager, Administrator Riverside Shore Memorial Hospital.  “Our next steps will be to continue diligently moving forward with our efforts to begin construction on the state-of–the art hospital and assess the health services that will be provided in Northampton County,” “…we look forward to continuing to serve the healthcare needs of all of the citizens of the Eastern Shore of Virginia for decades to come.”
Riverside currently operates Shore Memorial Hospital in Nassawadox. In August 2011 Riverside was granted a COPN from the Commissioner of the Virginia Department of Health to relocate Riverside Shore Memorial Hospital to a site immediately behind Four Corners Plaza in Accomack County.

In April 2011, the Northampton County Board of Supervisors petitioned the Virginia State Health Commissioner to establish itself as a party showing good cause in the Certificate of Public Need application process that was initiated by Riverside Shore Memorial Hospital’s COPN application to build a brand new state of the art hospital in the County of Accomack, Virginia. 

In July 2011, the Commissioner denied the Board’s petition to show good cause.  The Commissioner found that the Board failed to show good cause by establishing that there was a substantial material mistake of fact or law in the Virginia Department of Health’s Division of Certificate of Public Need staff’s report or in RSMH’s COPN application.  Based upon this determination by the Commissioner, the Board was not a party to the proceedings involving RSMH’s COPN application.

The Board appealed the Commissioner’s determination related to their good cause standing in the Circuit Court of the City of Richmond. The Board’s appeal was not an appeal of the Commissioner’s COPN decision which permits RSMH to build a new hospital but was limited only to the Board’s good cause standing status.


Published: May 9, 2012