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Norton Community Hospital


100 Fifteenth Street NW
Norton, VA 24273
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Norton Community Hospital in Norton, Virginia, is a not-for-profit, 129-bed, acute-care facility serving Southwest Virginia and Southeastern Kentucky since 1949.

As the largest healthcare facility in the coalfield region, Norton Community Hospital provides a wide array of services through highly trained physicians and support staff. Norton Community Hospital is a member of the Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association and is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association.

Norton Community Hospital offers a full array of primary care and specialty services as well as several amenities that make us the hospital of choice for residents in our area. Our team approach to health care reflects our commitment to keeping our patients at the center of everything we do.

Better Breathers Club

The Better Breathers Club is a support group for people with COPD, asthma, chronic bronchitis, lung cancer and other pulmonary diseases.

NCH Residency Program

Norton Community Hospital takes great pride in training young physicians for our rural, medically underserved area. This dedication has resulted in an increase in quality primary care for Southwest Virginia and the surrounding area and the growth of our institution. Norton Community Hospital offers the benefits of rural living with the opportunity to train in a modern and progressive hospital. Learn more about our residency program.


Surgical Services

Our surgical suite offers state-of-the-art technology and minimally invasive procedures. This includes laparoscopic as well as hand-assisted laparoscopic procedures. Additional features include:

  • Convenient covered drop-off and pick-up entrance exclusively for surgery patients
  • Draeger-physiological monitoring
  • LED lights
  • High-definition video integration
  • Audio integration
  • Ceiling-mounted equipment handlers
  • BIS monitoring for patients undergoing general anesthesia

Heart Care

  • Cardiac Rehab
  • Cardiac Ultrasound
  • Cardio Pulmonary
  • Chest Pain Center

Cancer Care

  • Community Physicians Oncology Clinic, Oncology/Hematology Infusion Services
  • Lung screenings
  • PET

Amputation and Rehabilitation Care

Parkinson’s Disease Care

Emergency Care

Inpatient and Outpatient Rehabilitation

Respiratory Services

Black Lung Clinic

Family Birth Center

FitOne Wellness Center

Diagnostic Imaging

Sleep Medicine

Wound Care

Home Health

Community Home Care 

  • Durable Medical Equipment

Laboratory Services

Retail Pharmacy Onsite

  • Prescription and OTC drugs
  • Compounding services
Awards and Accreditations
  • Norton Community Hospital Inpatient Rehabilitation Department is accredited by Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF).
  • Norton Community Hospital is currently operating under a 3-year accreditation by the Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program (HFAP).
  • Norton Community Hospital was recently ranked as the one of the top hospitals in Virginia for low pneumonia mortality: 8.6%  Heart failure mortality: 9.0%  by the Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association.
  • Norton Community Hospital’s Laboratory is accredited by the College of American Pathologists (CAP). This national recognition is for excellence of the services being provided, making Norton Community Hospital’s Main Laboratory one of only 7,000 CAP-accredited laboratories worldwide.
  • Norton Community Hospital’s Diagnostic Imaging Department is accredited by the American College of Radiology (ARC) in mammography, nuclear  medicine, and MRI.
CEO Message and Leadership

On behalf of the board, administration, medical staff and team members, I would like to thank you for allowing Norton Community Hospital to care for you and your family.

I am proud of the skilled and experienced team members at Norton Community Hospital who are ready to take care of your health needs whether it be for a medical emergency or one of the many outpatient services we offer. Our goal is to provide you with the highest quality care available in a local setting. We are committed to this goal and to making a difference in this community, one patient at a time.


Mark Leonard
Vice President and CEO, Norton Community Hospital


Mark Leonard, FACHE, VP/Chief Executive Officer
Robert “Mitch” Kennedy, RN, BSN, MBA, Chief Nursing Officer, Assistant Administrator
Justin Ivory, Chief Financial Officer, Assistant Administrator
Valeri Colyer, Director, Human Resources
Lori Crisp, Director, Marketing & Communications, Northwest Market

Norton Community Hospital Board of Directors:
Monty McLaurin, Chairman
Charles (Jibber) Ward, Vice Chairman
Robert (Bob) A. Leonard, Secretary/Treasurer
Buford Sturgill
James (Jim) Manicure
William (Bill) Wampler
Charles (Chuck) Slemp
Tom Tull
Dr. Matthew Cusano
Ernie Ward
Shane Hilton
Valerie S. Lawson


In 1949, a trio of Norton physicians, Ernest J. Benko, George W. Botts and D. Cury, Jr., realized their community needed a comprehensive health care facility. They created the Miner’s Hospital, which served Wise County’s mining community until 1951, when Norton General bought the facility.

In October 1973, Qualicare, Inc., of New Orleans, La., assumed management of the hospital (1973-1983) and immediately began plans for construction of a new facility set to be completed in 1977 and replace the old 75-bed facility which was originally the home of a coal baron.

in May 1976, $6.5 million in bonds were sold to finance the construction of the new Norton Community Hospital facility, with the groundbreaking held on July 13, 1976. This significant step in the evolution of Norton Community Hospital was completed on Sept. 7, 1977, with the opening of the present facility. Seventy-five acute beds and 75 long-term care, or nursing home, beds were opened in the new structure.

Progress continued as both the quality and quantity of health care provided by Norton Community Hospital grew. A banner year in the continued growth of the old Miners Hospital occurred in 1983. Facing a difficult decision concerning the long-term care facility, the board of directors and administration officials elected to close long-term care beds and expand acute care services. This action was completed in December 1983. This decision to close long-term care beds was more acceptable with the acquisition of the former Park Avenue Hospital. The 54 acute-care beds were added to Norton Community Hospital's 75, bringing the total bed count to the current 129 acute-care beds.

In the spring of 2002, Norton Community Hospital embarked on a $16.5-million renovation project that included:

  • Expanding our emergency room and cardio-pulmonary services area
  • Purchasing new equipment in radiology and other areas to offer the very latest in diagnostic technology
  • Developing a new hospital main entrance and emergency entrance
  • Creating a relaxing atmosphere in our lobby with lighting, greenery and a water fountain
  • Creating private registration areas
  • Relocating the Helping Hands Gift Shop
  • Redesigning our patient rooms and hallways with new signage and lighting to enhance our patient experience
  • Creating a child-friendly, dedicated pediatric unit, including an "Under the Sea" pediatric playroom

In 2007, Norton Community Hospital partnered with Mountain States Health. In the years since the partnership, Norton Community Hospital has completed major renovations throughout the facility including the Family Birth Center, intensive care unit, inpatient rehab department, medical surgery rooms, laboratory, pharmacy and surgical suite.

Norton Community Hospital is recognized as a leader in the provision of quality primary care and specialty services, delivered through highly trained support and diverse medical staff. Our patients, physicians, and team members are able to enjoy the benefits of rural living and the opportunity of practicing in a safe, modern and progressive healthcare facility.


Norton Community Hospital Community Health Needs Assessment (PDF - Opens in new window)


Patients & Visitors

Maps & Directions

100 Fifteenth Street NW
Norton, VA 24273

Map & Directions

Visiting Hours

24 Hour Visitation


If you need to spend the night in Norton or are looking for refreshment while visiting at Norton Community Hospital, see our Amenities page.


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