Inova Health System is planning to develop health-focused restaurants and retailers and technology-centered businesses as part of its Center for Personalized Health on the former Exxon Mobil campus, the Washington Business Journal reported Sept. 30. Inova is set to take possession of the 117-acre property on Gallows Road in Merrifield this week.
The new health center will specialize in precision medicine tailoring treatments to an individual’s genetic makeup. It will also house the $250 million Dwight and Martha Schar Cancer Institute.
The first building is expected to open in early 2016, states the article by Washington Business Journal staff reporter Tina Reed. That facility already has a fitness center, swimming pool, and cafeteria that can serve 2,800 people.
Inova will use that building for public events, such as medical conferences and continuing education, Inova Health Systems CEO Todd Stottlemyer told Reed. It will eventually have a wellness center and services like physical therapy. The cancer center is planned to open in 2018 but there is no timeline for the other buildings.
Another report by Reed, posted Sept. 30, describes a tour of the vast, eerie empty campus, which includes a quarter-mile underground delivery tunnel and a decommissioned helicopter pad. Lots of furniture and artworks remain, as well as cigarette butts in ashtrays in the smoking lounge.