Two of Richmond’s biggest healthcare organizations are extending their reach.
In a $7 million project, VCU Health System and HCA Virginia are teaming up to build a cancer treatment center in Spotsylvania County.
The two organizations have started construction on the 7,000-square-foot center attached to the HCA’s Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center. It should be open by July, said Deborah Davis, chief operating officer for MCV Hospitals, part of the VCU Health System.
“We’ve been looking for ways to expand our services directly into areas that really need them,” Davis said. “The Spotsylvania region has a fairly high incidence rate for cancer, so we thought the community could really benefit from this.”
Robins & Morton is the contractor on the project, and HCA is financing it. Nashville-based Earl Swensson Associates is the architect.
The VCU Massey Cancer Center, part of the VCU Health System, will supply physicians to staff the new center’s radiation oncology unit. The number of doctors will vary depending on demand, Davis said. The center is expected to have about 4,000 patient visits the first year.
The Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center is one of six hospitals HCA runs in Central Virginia. Davis said the two sides started discussing the possibility of a partnership in Spotsylvania soon after the HCA facility opened there in 2010.
“This is an idea we’ve been kicking around for a while,” Davis said. “Now that we have a better understanding of the types of services the center provides to the region, it seemed like a good opportunity to move forward.”