VA hospital opens for emergency care after patient dies

KENNEDY, Va.

– A Virginia hospital has opened for emergency room care after a patient died from a brain hemorrhage and he was transferred to the University of Virginia Hospital in Charlottesville.

The Virginia Department of Health announced the new move Thursday afternoon.

The hospital, which has been operating since June of 2017, was established to handle patients with a critical illness and to provide an environment that allows the patient to recover and to return to work.

The patient, whose name was not released, was transferred on Wednesday to the new hospital, a spokesperson for the VA said.

The spokesman said the patient was a 65-year-old man who suffered from a chronic illness and had recently been discharged from the University Hospitals in Birmingham and Newport News.

He died in the hospital Tuesday night.

The spokesperson said the hospital’s emergency room staff has been working diligently to treat patients in the emergency department.

The new hospital was established in September 2018 to help patients in need of emergency care, including those with terminal illnesses.