Bon Secours expects to open its newest emergency center in Chesterfield County in the coming days, about a year after breaking ground on what will be its fourth freestanding emergency center in the region.
The Bon Secours Chester Emergency Center, located north of the intersection of Route 1 and West Hundred Road, is an 11-bed, 24,000-square-foot facility that is scheduled to open to patients on May 25. It is located at 12021 Route 1 (formerly Jefferson Davis Highway).
The final cost of the facility, which in addition to emergency medical care will have an imaging center and occupational health clinic, came to $25.6 million.
About 50 Bon Secours employees will work at the facility, about half of which are new hires.
The facility is an extension of the Bon Secours St. Francis Medical Center, which is located about 18 miles away in Midlothian.
Bon Secours held a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the site on Thursday.
In their remarks at the event, Bon Secours officials pointed to the area’s changing demographics and increasing population as well as the desire to fill a geographic gap in service as motivations behind the creation of the new emergency center.
“We looked at the data and there were two important data points that stuck out: Number one, between 2015 and 2030, the number of people 65 and above is going to grow 50 percent in this community. So there’s a huge need for that EMS availability,” St. Francis President Joe Wilkins said. “And secondly, within this area, we had the highest percentage of time that EMS transport was not available because the EMS transport had to take patients outside the community.”
The facility will provide hospital-level care for both adults and children 24 hours a day. The center has two ultrasound rooms, as well as CT imaging and radiography capabilities.
The center is the only Bon Secours facility in the Richmond market south of the James River that features pediatric scoliosis imaging capabilities. Another south-of-the-river first for Bon Secours is the facility’s wide-bore MRI machine.
“We’ll have the ability to take care of patients here the same way we take care of them at St. Francis,” Wilkins said. “At this facility, we will have all the technology, the staff, the expertise that’s needed to take care of major illnesses, heart attacks, strokes, respiratory distress.”
The facility will also feature a clinic operated by Harness Health Partners, an occupational health services provider that was launched by Bon Secours Mercy Health, of which Bon Secours Richmond is the local arm.
The emergency center’s impending first day of operation comes amid other efforts by Bon Secours in the region. During the ceremony, Bon Secours Richmond COO Chris Accashian rattled off examples like an expansion at St. Francis, a project at Memorial Regional Medical Center and a new medical office building that recently kicked off in the East End of Richmond.
“It’s an exciting time here. Look forward to many more of these ribbon cuttings in the future,” he said.
Harness President Marcia Swehla, Chesterfield County Fire Chief Edward Senter and St. Francis Director of Mission Joseph May also shared remarks at the ceremony.
Cincinnati-based GBBN Architects handled the design of the facility, while Kjellstrom & Lee Construction served as the project’s general contractor.
Timmons Group handled civil engineering and Schaefer provided structural engineering services. Heapy provided mechanical and electrical engineering services.
The Chester emergency center will be the fourth operated by Bon Secours in the region, joining locations in Short Pump, Petersburg and Midlothian. Bon Secours broke ground on the Chester facility in May 2021.