Nolan to leave Warren Memorial Hospital

Patrick Nolan

Patrick Nolan, president of Warren Memorial Hospital in Front Royal, has announced he will leave Valley Health after 21 years for a new job with Inspira Health Network in New Jersey.

Taking over as interim president after Nolan leaves on July 24 will be Floyd Heater, president of Shenandoah Memorial Hospital in Woodstock. Heater will continue in both job capacities for the foreseeable future, Nolan said.

“This is the interim plan, and at this time we are not looking for someone in the president role,” he said.

“He will do great here,” said Nolan. “And we have a great team at Warren.”

Nolan has accepted the position of chief operating officer at Inspira Medical Center Woodbury. It’s a larger hospital and he will run the facility.

Though Warren has a big long-term care facility, which Nolan said Woodbury doesn’t have, Warren’s roughly 25 daily patients don’t compete with Woodbury’s 200.

Woodbury has 240 licensed beds, and Warren has 47, he said.

“It’s much more complex, the service offerings, and it’s in a much more competitive market,” he said.

Woodbury competes with other hospitals in nearby Philadelphia.

“It’s a challenge that I’m very much looking forward to,” Nolan said.

Before becoming president of Warren in 2004, Nolan spent five years as administrator at Morgan County War Memorial Hospital in Berkeley Springs, West Virginia, and a previous five years as vice president of Winchester Medical Center.

Nolan has a bachelor of science degree in finance from Lehigh University and a master’s in business administration from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business with a concentration in health services management.

He joined Valley Health in 1994 as an administrative resident.

Though recognizing the struggle smaller communities like Warren County can have attracting health care professionals and administrators, Nolan praised the availability of health care in the Northern Shenandoah Valley, which includes access to Winchester Medical Center’s specialist care and other regional care at Inova Health System in Northern Virginia and the University of Virginia Health System in Charlottesville.

At Warren, he said, primary focuses of the near future include adding an orthopedic surgeon and OB/GYN on staff.

Also, a Valley Health Urgent Care in Front Royal will be relocated from the outpatient center on Commerce Avenue to Riverton Commons north of town next spring.

“It’s been a great community to be a part of these 11 years,” he said.

“I will miss the valley. I will miss Valley Health. I’m excited about the new opportunity, but it has been a wonderful, wonderful experience.”

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