Virtua Health can proceed with its plans to build a $1 billion hospital complex in Westampton, Burlington County, as long as it meets 13 conditions, the New Jersey Health Planning Board decided Thursday after reviewing the proposal.
The board voted unanimously to approve the plans but also adopted 12 recommendations made by the staffers of the Health Department who analyzed the proposal. The board then added one additional stipulation – that Virtua obtain approval from the state Department of Environmental Protection prior to construction.
Virtua has proposed a nine-story, 670,000-square-foot hospital and various other medical facilities on the 110-acre Hogan Farm, off Route 541 and Woodlane Road, adjacent to the county library. The new hospital, which would have 339 beds and private rooms for all patients, would replace the Virtua Memorial Hospital in Mount Holly, three miles away. Construction would begin next year and the hospital would be ready for occupancy by 2022, according to the proposal. The application next goes to the state health commissioner for approval.