The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors on Sept. 24 unanimously approved plans by Reston Hospital Center to convert an existing three-story restaurant/bank building at 8240 Leesburg Pike into a freestanding emergency room that will be associated with Reston Hospital.
The 14,275-square-foot facility will provide hospital-level emergency-care services on the 0.56-acre site. Available equipment will include an X-ray machine, computed-tomography (CT) scanner and other technology frequently found in emergency centers.
The facility will operate 24 hours per day and have between 15 and 22 staff members, whose work assignments will be divided into two or three shifts. There will be 11 rooms for patients, but those admitted either will be treated and discharged within 24 hours or then transferred to a hospital for a higher degree of care. A maximum of 27 patients and 18 staff members will be allowed on-site at any given time.
Supervisor Linda Smyth (D-Providence) was keen on approving the application.
“This is just reusing an existing building in Tysons and it’s so much better than the original place they thought of putting this,” Smyth said of the applicant’s proposal. “I really like this one.”