Tidewater Memorial Hospital
Through community effort and partnership with the Seventh Day Adventist Church, Tidewater Memorial Hospital opened in 1964 to serve the health care needs of the Tappahannock and Northern Neck regions. Named in honor of those local residents who served in World War II, the 50-bed facility on the hill, expanded shortly after its opening to include a skilled nursing unit. Little of the original structure remains untouched as the facility grew and evolved to meet the ever changing needs of the community. Major expansion occurred in the 1980s to enhance the surgical suite, lab, radiology, and move the emergency room to its present location.
Riverside Tappahannock Hospital
Riverside Health System, a not-for-profit health system based in Newport News, acquired the hospital in 1989, renaming it Riverside Tappahannock Hospital. Throughout the 1990s, Riverside invested in the facility and grounds, adding diagnostic imaging capabilities, expanding the emergency department, and adding an infusion center. As the new century began, so did our network for telemedicine, expanding our ability to access specialists and providing our patients' care close to home whenever possible. In the theme of keeping care close to home, Riverside also expanded their network of primary care physicians throughout the Tappahannock and Northern Neck regions in addition to adding an urgent care center which improved access to care after hours and on weekends.
As we look to the future, Riverside is committed, though its local board of directors, to continually changing to meet the needs of the communities we serve.