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is an un- The Register: Donville, Vo., Tuesdoy. Dec. 25, 1973 3-A Arlington Hospital To Move Into New Wing Wednesday ARLINGTON (API-Arling- ton Hospital is to .move Wednesday into its new $12.5 million, four-story wing, in- creasing its capacity from 261 to 325 beds. The move comes at a time when the Northern Virginia Comprehensive Health Plan- ning Council is discouraging new hospitals, but John J . An- derson, hospital administrator, says he anticipates no problems making the addition pay for it- self. "We're not actually adding a new facility" but updating an old one, Anderson said. "The old Arlinbton Hospital was real- ly obsolete, if you will. We had one bathroom facility on each floor and everyone lined up." Anderson said the hospital will need an 85 per cent occu- pancy rate to pay off the $12.5 million debt, up from the 79 per cent recorded in 1971 and 1973. Last year's rate was 75.7 per cent. Anderson said he was con- fident the hospital would at- tract patients now that "con- struction turmoil" has ceased. More than SI million has been raised in gifts, Anderson said. By the end of the week, the new wing's emergency, in- tensive care, pathology and X- ray units will be in operation, he said, as well as adminis- trative offices and food serv- ices. A 25-bed alcohol detoxif- ication center and "extended care" beds for patients who don't need the acute care of the hospital's main wing will be lo- cated in the old section, Ander- son said. Negotiations arc still under way for financing a 25-bed psy- chiatric treatment center in the old wing, he said. The health planning counciL finished a study in September which indicated that Northern Virginia now has 2,374 hospital beds and that another 740 are planned, not County Arlington Hospital's. "Current needs are pretty close to current available beds," Council chaiman Ed- ward Kelly said recently. "If these (740 beds) are built, we'll have a surplus well into the 80S." | Tape and

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  1. The Danville Register,
  2. 25 Dec 1973, Tue,
  3. Page 3

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