REQUEST FOR LEGISLATIVE EXTENSION OF ACUTE CARE HOSPITAL LICENSE FOR PIONEER COMMUNITY HOSPITAL OF PATRICK
I am contacting you regarding the Acute Care Hospital license for Pioneer Community Hospital of Patrick issued by the Virginia Department of Health which is set to expire December 31, 2017. As you know, Pioneer Community Hospital of Patrick initiated shut down procedures on September 15, 2017. While there have been many setbacks in recent weeks, including the loss of Critical Access designation by CMS and the commencement of foreclosure proceeding by Virginia Community Capital, County officials continue to pursue potential prospects that are interested in purchasing the hospital. While a foreclosure by VCC may seem detrimental, the County considers it an opportunity for a purchaser to come in and offer a clean start for the hospital.
Not only has this closure placed the citizens of Patrick County in peril, it has created a significant burden to the Volunteer Rescue Squads, as there is no paid Emergency Services in the County. The response time required by the Volunteers has doubled, if not tripled, resulting in increased wait times for treatment/transport. Also, volunteers are unable to respond due to time constraints.
I am respectively requesting a 6 month legislative extension of the Acute Care Hospital License for Pioneer Community Hospital of Patrick. This extension will support, and reinforce, the continuing efforts by County officials to facilitate and assist the re-opening of the hospital in the best possible position.
PO Box 117, Glade Hill VA 24092
13508 Booker T Washington Highway
Moneta, VA 24121
Phone: (540) 721-6028