Warren County Adds Endorsement of Cardiac Catheterization Unit at Warren Memorial Hospital
23 January 2017 News
The Warren County Board of Supervisors has followed the Town of Front Royal in endorsing a certificate of public need for the addition of a new cardiac service at Warren Memorial Hospital.
The proposed Cardiac Catheterization Unit at the Front Royal hospital is planned to service patients from Warren, Rappahannock, Page, and Shenandoah Counties. Currently travel time for patients from those counties for catheterization services at Winchester Medical Center is estimated at an additional 25 minutes.
Catheterization is a procedure utilizing a hollow tube inserted into an artery leading into the heart. It is a medical tool used in both diagnostic and emergency situations to pinpoint problems like clogged arteries and other damage that can cause a heart attack.
The County’s Letter of Support of the hospital’s application to expand its North Shenandoah Avenue facility was unanimously approved as part of Consent Agenda on January 17. The Town passed a similar endorsement of the Valley Health proposal on January 9.
Hospital officials will now seek approval for the expansion from the Virginia Department of Health. A decision is anticipated within the next few months.