New $95M rehab hospital on track for June opening in Goochland

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Sheltering Arms Hospital and VCU Health plan to open the Sheltering Arms Institute in June. (File photo courtesy Sheltering Arms)

One of the region’s newest medical facilities will welcome its first patients next month.

Sheltering Arms Institute, an inpatient rehabilitation hospital developed by Sheltering Arms Hospital and VCU Health, is nearing completion in Goochland County’s West Creek at 2000 Wilkes Ridge Drive.

The 200,000-square-foot, 114-bed facility will offer care for patients recovering from strokes, spinal cord injuries and brain injuries, as well as services for people who suffer from neurological diseases and disorders.

The hospital features private patient rooms and an almost 9,000-square-foot main therapy gym, among other facilities. Sheltering Arms dropped $7.9 million to scoop up 25 acres for the facility in late 2017, and construction kicked off spring 2018. Though the total project originally was budgeted at $119 million, the final cost came in at $95 million.

Hourigan served as the project’s general contractor. HDR was the architect.

Patients at Sheltering Arms and VCU Health facilities will be moved to the new facility in stages over a two-week period starting mid-June, Sheltering Arms spokeswoman Stephanie Sulmer said.

“We are fortunate that our construction and opening timelines have not been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and we remain on schedule to welcome our first patients on June 13,” Sulmer said in an email. “Moving patients in phases allows for the most effective accreditation and regulatory reviews, which are standard requirements at a new hospital.”

As the facility nears its opening date, Sheltering Arms has prepared heightened health safety measures such as daily temperature checks for people who enter the facility and face mask requirements, Sulmer said.

VCU Health, meanwhile, has other healthcare facilities under construction elsewhere in the region.

In New Kent County, the health system plans to open a $16 million emergency center June 1. The facility had been scheduled to open earlier in the spring, but was delayed by the coronavirus pandemic.

Construction also is well underway on its new $349 million, 17-story adult outpatient facility along East Leigh Street in downtown Richmond. It will total 603,000 square feet.

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