Bath Community Hospital is a 25-bed, not-for-profit, Critical Access Hospital located in Hot Springs, Virginia in Bath County. BCH provides inpatient, outpatient, emergency care, physician services, and physical fitness for the local residents and visiting tourists. Additionally, BCH:
- is the only independent, unaffiliated Critical Access Hospital in Virginia and the only full service rural hospital within a 25-mile area.
- has origins that trace back to the vision and energy of Gladys Ingalls Robertson, who nearly 100 years ago saw a need for better health care in the Hot Springs Valley. Her efforts resulted in the establishment of the nation’s first rural visiting nurse program in 1913.
- employs 155 community members and is the third largest employer in the area.
- is governed by a board of directors consisting of community representatives and medical staff representatives.
- campus currently consists of the hospital building, a wellness center, and an offsite primary care practice in Millboro, Virginia. The hospital maintains 1 Operating Room, 25 patient beds, 24 hour emergency room, ancillary services, and a Rural Health Clinic.
The Hospital’s $18,000,000 renovation and expansion of its facilities located in Bath County, Virginia closed July 30, 2014. The project is to allow the Hospital to consolidate all required ancillary services onto its existing site. The master plan features a new addition to the hospital to be constructed in several phases totaling approximately 32,000 SF of new construction and 4,000 SF of renovations. When complete the new Hospital will create 18 jobs in addition to the 155 it will maintain. The Hospital is located in a federally designated Medically Underserved Area. Construction began in 2014 and is scheduled to be complete in early 2016.
Modernizing the facility for future viability is pivotal in preserving the long-term financial health of the Hospital and expand services. Leadership of the Hospital believes that to continue to provide the necessary level of care, the right resources are required. The new construction will provide a modern facility and equipment offering expanded access to primary care providers, more specialty services and an updated emergency department with a helipad located next to the hospital, not down the road.