$1.1M ED proposal could fuel tension between HCA, Inova for Virginia healthcare space

Reston (Va.) Hospital Center is proposing a $1.1 million, two-story emergency department in Tysons, Va., fueling a conflict between competing health systems for hospital space in Virginia, according to a Washington Business Journal report.

RestonHospitalCenter is owned by Nashville, Tenn.-based HCA Healthcare, which manages 177 hospitals and 119 freestanding surgery centers in the U.S. and the U.K.

Currently, Falls Church, Va.-based Inova Fairfax Hospital is the nearest full-service hospital to Tysons, approximately four miles away. The 833-bed facility is part of Falls Church, Va.-based Inova Health System, northern Virginia's largest hospital network.

HCA's plan for the Tysons ED deepens a longstanding conflict between HCA and Inova for market share in northern Virginia's highly competitive healthcare space, the Washington Business Journal reports.

However, Reston's project proposal aims to provide more accessible healthcare for Tysons' growing population, and argues the ED will reduce the time county emergency services need for transporting patients. The proposed 24-hour ED will include 11 patient rooms.

The project has received state regulatory approval.

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