Richmond provides locals access to quality medical centers

Living near a medical center could help potential homebuyers, whether they are living with a medical condition or want to be prepared. Real estate in Richmond offers residents access to quality healthcare options.

New regional health care facility opening in Richmond
A new medical facility is opening in Richmond. The $25 million orthopedic and sports medicine center is located in Richmond's Southside and will cover 70,000 square feet. Richmond BizSense reports that the medical center will include rehab facilities, physical therapists and operating rooms and is the first establishment of its kind to serve Central Virginia.

"It's not a new idea, but it's going to be more convenient for patients to have everything all in one place," Perkins said.

A network of local orthopedic specialists from OrthoVirginia will practice in the new facility, while HCA Virginia will operate the sports medicine portion of the joint treatment center.

Construction on the new facility began in June 2011 and was completed in several phases. The news source reports that most of the building was complete in spring 2012, however the operating rooms required more work and were just recently opened in early fall this year.

Nationally ranked hospitals located in Richmond
The number one ranked hospital in Virginia is the Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center in Richmond. According to U.S. News & World Report, the medical center is nationally ranked in four adult specialties, which include nephrology, pulmonology, orthopedics and urology. The hospital is also recognized as high performing in nine adult specialties such as cancer, diabetes and endocrinology, gastroenterology, gynecology, rehabilitation, cardiology and heart surgery, ear, nose and throat, geriatrics and nuerology and neurosurgery.

The news source reports that the teaching hospital holds 744 beds for its general medicine and surgical ward. The hospital had 30,584 admissions in the most recent year reported, performed 10,524 annual inpatient and 9,203 outpatient surgeries, while the emergency room had 84,990 visits.

In addition to taking care of a large number of region patients, the medical facility has maintained an impressive patient satisfaction score. This could mean that despite the large volume of patients admitted to the center, medical staff remain attentive and demonstrate superior knowledge and service. The Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center attained a patient satisfaction score of 71 percent - higher than the state average at 67 percent and the national average at 70 percent, according to U.S. News & World Report.