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Amy Umble is health reporter for The Free Lance-Star
Spotsy hospital is open–sort of
The Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center opened yesterday, though hospital officials are reluctant to talk about it. They declined a request to let a reporter visit yesterday, and at day’s end, they declined to talk about the numbers or types of patients they treated.
Officials said they would prefer to focus on June 7, the official opening date, the one with the ribbon-cutting, invited guests and reception. If they talk about what’s happening now, they said, the public might get confused.
What’s happening now, and for the next two weeks, is a limited opening, or as Burkett described it, a “soft opening.” Regulators say that Spotsylvania must treat 30 inpatients before it can get the approvals it needs. The plan was for Spotsylvania rescue squads to bring in patients and for local doctors or clinics to refer them. Think of it as medicine by invitation-only.
“It went very well,” Burkett said yesterday afternoon. “We are working toward our 30 that we need for our survey.”