Shore MemorialNassawadox, VA – The Commissioner of the Virginia Department of Health has approved the relocation of Riverside Shore Memorial Hospital (RSMH) to a site immediately behind Four Corners Plaza in Accomack County.

State Health Commissioner, Karen Remley, MD cited as reasons for her approval that “when compared to the current site of Riverside Shore Memorial Hospital, the site chosen for relocation would better serve the majority of the population...”  Dr. Remley continued, “the project would improve the delivery of acute care services and the overall geographical
and locational accessibility of acute care services for current and future residents…”

Joseph P. Zager, Vice President and Administrator of RSMH, stated "We are pleased that Dr. Remley came to the same conclusion as our Board of Directors, specifically that a new and relocated facility will best serve all of the residents of the Eastern Shore.  The physicians, staff and Board of RSMH are delighted and look forward to working on the next phase of health care delivery for our community and to the day when the new hospital opens its doors."

Riverside applied to the Virginia Department of Health in December 2010 for approval to relocate the local hospital in Accomack County, closer to the Shore's population center. The relocation, in combination with services retained or developed on the current Nassawodox site, will improve access to healthcare services for more Shore residents. 

Work to initiate development of the proposed Accomack site has been ongoing for much of the year, with a preliminary expectation for construction to begin in the fall of 2012.  The current hospital campus in Nassawadox will focus on multiple types of ambulatory, or outpatient services.  It will be transformed into an urgent care and outpatient diagnostic complex for patients who need to receive treatment of urgent symptoms, need to see their physician or need to receive laboratory, imaging or other diagnostic services.


Published: August 9, 2011