A recent land deal in Chesterfield County has jump-started a $10 million healthcare project.
HCA Virginia’s Chippenham and Johnston-Willis hospitals last week closed on the $2 million purchase of 3.7 acres of vacant land in the Hancock Village shopping center, where the health system plans to build the hospitals’ first freestanding emergency clinic.
Construction on the 11,500-square-foot Swift Creek Emergency Room is set to begin this month, the hospitals’ CEO Tim McManus said. It will be built on 1.2 acres.
The facility will sit on currently undeveloped land at Hull Street Road and Ashlake Parkway, across from Hobby Lobby. Plans have been in the works for about 1½ years.
“That Hull Street corridor is just booming,” McManus said. “There are so many new rooftops and new patients, and, really, getting care close to home has been evidenced as the best way to get a good outcome.”
The 11-bed facility is planned to include emergency services for both adults and children in order to cater to the many young families in the surrounding area, McManus said. The pediatric side will have a separate entrance and waiting room.
“With children, especially in cases of emergency, we find giving a lot more privacy helps,” McManus said. “Sometimes coming into an emergency room, when you’re sick and going through something, can be tough for a child. We wanted to make a child-centric area.”
The facility, which is about a 20-minute drive from Chippenham and Johnston-Willis, will utilize so-called telemedicine, which uses technologies such as video conferencing to allow hospital staff to be involved with a patient at Swift Creek. That can be especially useful for stroke care, when immediate action at larger facilities is sometimes necessary, McManus said.
The telemedicine feature will also increase Swift Creek’s behavioral health services, linking patients with physicians at the Tucker Pavilion, which is currently undergoing a $4.5 million expansion.
“We can tell right away whether a patient needs immediate treatment or whether we can link them into outpatient care,” McManus said. “That’s maximizing the technology.”
The ER project has a seven-month construction timeline, and the facility should open in early 2016. Batten and Shaw is the general contractor.
HCA Virginia has two other freestanding ERs in the area, one in the West End at 12720 Tuckahoe Creek Court and another in Mechanicsville at 9275 Chamberlayne Road.
The Swift Creek project’s $10 million budget includes $2 million for the purchase of the land, which HCA bought from Edco LLC, the original developer of Hancock Village. A Phoenix-based REIT purchased much of Hancock Village two years ago for $27.5 million.
Ellen Long of Taylor Long Properties represented the seller in the HCA deal.
The Swift Creek ER will be the latest new arrival at Hancock Village. Women’s retailer Penelope opened in the shopping center last year, and Call Federal Credit Union is planning a new branch next door.