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Riverside Tappahannock Hospital
Riverside Tappahannock Hospital
Riverside Tappahannock Hospital, provides state-of-the-art medical care, compassionate professionals and concern for the community it serves. RTH offers a wide variety of services, ranging from traditional hospital care to intensive care to home care.

618 Hospital Road
Tappahannock, VA 22560

Phone Number:
(804) 443-3311 - General Information


Riverside Tappahannock Hospital

“Your Hometown Healthcare Team”

Riverside Tappahannock Hospitalís mission is to empower caring people, to improve health, to save lives and to enhance well-being. Our vision is to be the regionís most trusted provider of health services. At Riverside Tappahannock Hospital, we strive every day to earn our patientís trust with state-of-the-art medical care, compassionate professionals and concern for the community we serve.

We provide a wide variety of services ranging from diagnostic service to emergency services and inpatient care to home care. We are a 67-bed hospital serving the citizens in the Tappahannock area, including Essex, Richmond and Westmoreland Counties, Lancaster, Northumberland, Middlesex, and King and Queen Counties.

Our affiliation with Riverside Health System, an extensive network of healthcare services, allows us to bring physician specialists and a level of technology not usually available in a hospital of our size. When youíre faced with a medical crisis, our 24-hour Emergency Department is just minutes away.

RTH services include Cardiopulmonary/Respiratory Therapy, Diagnostic Cardiology, Emergency Services, Home Health Care, Hospice Care, Infusion/Chemotherapy Center, Lab Services, Lithotripsy, Mammography Services, MRI (magnetic resonance imaging), PET Scanner, Inpatient and Outpatient Physical Therapy, Radiology, Social Services and Discharge Planning, Speech Therapy, and Surgical Services.

Riverside Tappahannock Hospital is proud to be recognized for many achievements, including recognition by CMS for excellent results in treating congestive heart failure through a 3-year study called HQID (Hospital Quality Incentive Demonstration). RTH ranks in the top 10% of 270 hospitals across 38 states.

Riverside Tappahannock Hospital has also been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in Ultrasound as the result of a recent survey by the American College of Radiology. The ACR, headquartered in Reston, VA., awards accreditation to facilities for the achievement of high practice standards after a peer-review evaluation of the practice. Evaluations are conducted by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field. They assess the qualifications of the personnel and the adequacy of facility equipment. The surveyors report their findings to the ACRís Committee on Accreditation, which subsequently provides the practice with a comprehensive report. This is only one of the many services that are ACR certified in our Radiology Department.

The ACR is a national organization serving more than 32,000 diagnostic-interventional radiologists, radiation oncologists, and nuclear medicine and medical physicists with programs focusing on the practice of medical imaging and radiation oncology and the delivery of comprehensive health care services.

Riverside Tappahannock Hospital constantly seeks valued partnerships to provide quality care and easy access for patients including their partnership with the Northern Neck Middle Peninsula Telemedicine Program. Telemedicine is the use of medical information exchanged from one site to another via electronic communications for the health and education of the patient or healthcare provider and for the purpose of improving patient care. Telemedicine includes consultative, diagnostic, and treatment services and has the ability to broadcast images, data, and sound to medical specialists.

There are several benefits to the patient with this program to include local access to specialized care, easy consultations with medical experts, savings of time and money, and continued connection with your community physician. This program allows patients to receive diagnostic specialty care from the comfort of their local hospital without having to travel outside of their community.

Riverside Tappahannock Hospital constantly seeks ways to advance in medical technology to provide the latest in advanced medical care to provide quality care to our patients. Some of the most recent developments and expansions include the renovation and expansion of our surgical services department to include the surgical prep and recovery areas.

Historically, these areas have been congested and patient flow has been hampered. In an effort to improve the patient experience before and after surgery, RTH has decided to invest in improvements by renovating and expanding our surgical services.

Also included in the three year plan will be expanding areas for outpatient care. When renovations are complete, the hospital will be better prepared to transition patient rooms from semi-private to private rooms, affording patientís a better sense of comfort and confidentiality.

RTH also received a Certificate of Need for a fixed MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) unit. This $2,325,000 project will replace the mobile MRI unit that currently visits the hospital five days per week. Construction on the fixed MRI unit has begun immediately and is scheduled to be complete by November 2008.

RTHís newest development includes the new Medical Arts Building Ė Mt. Clement that is currently being built by McKinley Builders, LLC. This 17,000 square foot medical complex building will be located at the bottom of Hospital Road in Tappahannock.

RTH will lease the building from Developer, Tim McKinley and full occupancy is expected in the fall of 2008. Tappahannock Family Practice, Dr. Ryan Williams and Dr. Ana Cleary will move into the 2nd floor, along with new Pain Management and Physical Medicine Specialist, Dr. Meenakshi Bindal. Dr. Bindal and Riverside outpatient therapy department will offer a beautiful view of Essex County while patients participate in rehab therapy. The first floor of the building is tentatively designated for an urgent care center and expansion of the RTH Orthopedics program.

RTH is also committed to deep involvement with the community. Most recently the hospitalís first annual Community Pride Day was held in an effort to promote services from the hospital, local businesses, and civic organizations that are close to home. This event was very successful attracting over 400 adults and children in its first year.

RTH strives to provide the medical information that our community needs. Our Community Education Series began in January 2008. Riverside Medical Group and Riverside healthcare professionals have provided talks at Essex Public Library the third Wednesday of each month to the community. Topics have included Asthma, Whatís New About Menopause, Back into Full Swing: Issues of the Back, Colorectal Cancer, and Eating Smart for a Healthy Heart. We also provide an opportunity for civic organizations, businesses, and other community members to request a speaker through our Speakerís Bureau program.

More information on RTH can be found at or by signing up for our monthly e-newsletter through the website. To sign up for our e-newsletter, go to and scroll down. On the right side, click on Hometown Healthcare E-news Sign Up and complete the information requested then you will be on your way to finding out the latest happenings at Riverside Tappahannock Hospital Ė from new physicians to new services.

Web page last updated: May 13, 2008

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