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Warren Memorial Rezoning Application Postponed

11 April 2018 News

During a Monday meeting, members of Front Royal’s Town Council agreed to postpone a rezoning measure for the new Warren Memorial Hospital.

This decision came after several members of the public spoke out yet again against the vote, due to the new hospital’s lack of an obstetric unit. The Council acknowledged on its March 26th meeting that they could not vote against a rezoning measure for the hospital based on its lack of a birth center, and passed a first reading 5-0. However, council members decided Monday that they would postpone the rezoning measure until they pass a resolution supporting the inclusion of obstetrics there.

Councilman Eugene Tewalt expressed trepidation over the fact that Valley Health officials who had said they might consider a future birth center did not speak to that idea Monday night. A representative from Valley Health pointed out that the growth of the 65+ demographic in the area does not suggest a strong need for a birthing center, and that in its choice Valley Health had to take into account the fact that about a third of Warren mothers already travel to Winchester for delivery.

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