After being acquired by HCA Healthcare last year, a national nursing school is setting up a Chesterfield outpost to help the health system fill out its local nursing ranks.
Galen College of Nursing announced Tuesday that it will open a campus at 7300 Beaufont Springs Drive in the Boulders office park. The opening of the campus is dependent on final state regulatory approval, which is expected to happen in early January.
The school will take over a 35,000-square-foot space in the building. It will feature patient simulation labs and classrooms.
Renovations are underway and are expected to be completed in early January 2022. The school is expected to hold its first semester of classes in the spring, Galen College spokesman Andy Stillwagon said.
A cost estimate wasn’t immediately available Tuesday. Nor were numbers on the student enrollment cap or the facility’s employee headcount.
HCA Healthcare Capital Division, which oversees HCA hospitals in Virginia and other states, formerly had office space in the 120,000-square-foot Boulders VIII building before it moved to downtown Richmond’s One James Center.
Degree programs at the Chesterfield campus, Galen College’s first in Virginia, haven’t been finalized yet. Galen College offers associate, master’s, baccalaureate and vocational programs.
The new site is being established to create a nurse pipeline to HCA’s regional facilities, Stillwagon said. HCA operates Chippenham Hospital, Johnston-Willis Hospital, Retreat Doctors’ Hospital, Parham Doctors’ Hospital and Henrico Doctors’ Hospital.
People who go through Galen College’s program aren’t required to work for HCA, though the health system recruits on Galen College campuses.
“It provides a very good opportunity (for students) to be employees at an HCA facility because essentially they have an in,” Stillwagon said.
Galen College, a for-profit institution based in Kentucky, has more than 8,000 students on its campuses and online. The school has campuses in Kentucky, Texas, Florida and Ohio.
HCA Virginia, the arm of HCA that operates in the commonwealth, operates 14 hospitals, five emergency rooms and 27 outpatient centers.
Galen College’s new campus takes shape just outside Spring Rock Green shopping center, which Chesterfield County recently acquired to encourage its redevelopment as a mixed-use development. The county announced last month it will build a sports venue with two NHL-sized ice rinks.