Freestanding ED


There’s no hospital attached to the emergency department at the Heathcote Health Center, but the freestanding ER has most everything it needs.

Ambulance bays and a medical helicopter are out back. An imaging center provides X-rays and CT scanning, and an MRI is coming soon. There’s a laboratory, trauma suites – and rarely more than a couple of people in the waiting room.

In the nine months since the 11-bed facility opened in this northern Virginia bedroom community, more than 1,000 patients a month have come through the doors with everything from a sore throat to cardiac arrest.

Heathcote is here mostly because the rapid population growth has clogged the roads and the route to the nearest hospital.

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