Written by Tonya Adkins, CEO of HealthWorks for Northern Virginia
Loudoun County is a great place to live and work. As one of the richest counties in America its growth is attributable to an influx of multifaceted industries that draw a diverse workforce. Like other industries that support the county’s growing population, the healthcare industry is big business. According to the Loudoun County Department of Economic Development, Loudoun County is the healthiest county in Virginia. With two major hospital systems serving the county, Inova Loudoun Hospital and Stone Springs Hospital, healthcare accounts for thousands of jobs. One of the largest physician-owned, multi-specialty group practices in Virginia is in Loudoun County. With over 145 offices, they too employ thousands of people.
Over 50 percent of the large workforce that supports Loudoun’s healthcare system, be it a hospital, medical practice, or urgent care, can’t afford to live where they work. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reveals 56 percent of all hospital employees work as healthcare practitioners and technicians. Another 32 percent of hospital employees are support personnel such as building maintenance staff, caterers and housekeeping teams who keep hospitals running effectively and efficiently. Many of these support staff play critical roles in the healthcare delivery process. Many cannot afford to live in Loudoun County, the community they serve and support.
Led by the Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties, What is the Cost of Loudoun Housing is part of the Workforce Housing Now (workforcehousingnow.org) community service effort amplifying Loudoun’s voice for workforce housing as the missing ingredient to our community’s prosperity.
Dr. Tonya Adkins is a board-certified Obstetrician Gynecologist and is the CEO of HealthWorks for Northern Virginia, a nonprofit community health center aiding underserved residents in Loudoun and Fairfax Counties. She began her medical career as a Medical Officer in the U.S. Navy where she rose to the rank of Lt. Commander.