Williamsburg, VA — Doctors' Hospital is taking shape as steel beams frame the $72 million building.

Peter Brown, project manager for Turner Construction Co., said the next step is pouring concrete to begin closing in the structure and laying the second floor. The goal is to have full enclosure and much of the exterior done by May.

Mock-ups of an operating room and patient room have been constructed in a warehouse in Newport News to allow hospital execs, doctors and nurses to evaluate the best placement of myriad outlets for medical equipment.

Brown said construction is scheduled to be done by year-end to open in the first quarter of 2013.

Riverside Health System has selected Steve McCary as the administrator. He worked 25 years with Stevens Hospital in Seattle, the last15 as administrator. He retired in 2004.

McCary went to graduate school with some of the executives at Riverside and was contracted in 2010 as a consultant for Riverside.

In retirement, McCary said he missed the challenges of working in healthcare. "The thought of being part of something from the ground up, that just made it more appealing," he said. "That's something I haven't done in my career."

McCary is building up the hospital staffing. He expects to have a staff of around 200-250, with most positions filled by November. A vice president for patient services and a director of facilities have been hired.

While competition with Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center was a main focus during Riverside's battle to get state approval, McCary said that won't be a factor anymore. When patients need emergency care or hospitalization, "I am confident competition will stop and the focus will be on the patient getting the right care at the right place."


Published: January 16, 2012