A new hospital will be coming to Loudoun County.
The board of supervisors unaimously approved Hospital Corporation of America's plan to build a 164-bed facility in the southern area of the county, at Route 50 and Gum Spring Road.
It's been an eight-year battle for the developer, which originally wanted to build a hospital near Broadlands. The county's only other hospital, Inova Loudoun Hospital, is already located five miles from the site where officials originally wanted to build.
Ground will be broken for the building in about a year. The hospital should be completed by December 2015.
As many as half of patients in Loudoun County have gone outside the county for care to avoid long waits, said Mark Foust, a spokesman for HCA.
The company operates 13 other hospitals in the state, including Reston Hospital Center.
This facility would be the second for-profit hospital the company operates.
It also has plans to expand into Spotsylvania County.