Bon Secours planning clinic near Manchester for uninsured people

Bon Secours Richmond Executive Director of Community Health Becky Clay Christensen speaks during an event held Wednesday to mark the start of a project to establish a new clinic for uninsured patients near Manchester. (Photo courtesy of Bon Secours)

Bon Secours is further expanding its Manchester-area presence with a $3 million clinic aimed at uninsured patients.

Dubbed the Bon Secours Community Health Clinic Manchester at the Center for Healthy Living, the upcoming facility will occupy an 8,000-square-foot, two-story space at 2301 Everett St.

The clinic will be situated within the headquarters of social services nonprofit CARITAS near the intersection of Richmond Highway and Maury Street.

The clinic is planned to feature primary care, behavioral health and chronic disease management, among other services for children and adults. The facility will be a permanent outpost and headquarters of Care-A-Van, the Bon Secours mobile health program for the uninsured.

The clinic is expected to open in early 2023. Bon Secours expects to spend $3 million to establish the clinic, according to a spokeswoman.

The renovation project team consists of L.F. Jennings (general contractor), ENV (architect), CMTA (construction engineering) and Draper Aden Associates (civil engineering).

The clinic is well-positioned to provide service to people who are already patients of the mobile health program, Bon Secours Richmond Executive Director of Community Health Becky Clay Christensen said during a ceremony held Wednesday outside the future clinic that formally kicked off the project.

“When we set out to establish this clinic, and it’s been years in planning, we had a lot of considerations in mind. Our focus was to find a location that would be accessible to our current patient population. This location is within two miles of three of our highest-volume Care-A-Van sites, so people will be here,” she said.

The new Bon Secours clinic will be within the headquarters of social services nonprofit CARITAS, which is located near the intersection of Richmond Highway and Maury Street. (Jack Jacobs photo)

Up to 50 employees are expected to work at the Bon Secours clinic at a given time.

CARITAS President and CEO Karen Stanley said in an interview after the ceremony that having a complementary tenant in the nonprofit’s headquarters had been part of the plan from the outset. While there were conversations with other health care providers, ultimately CARITAS settled on its longtime supporter Bon Secours.

“We had 8,000 square feet that we had put aside for a tenant. We wanted it to be somebody that was a partner of ours. From the beginning I wanted health care, some kind of clinic. And so I reached out and it worked,” she said. “We talked to VCU. We talked to Daily Planet. It just wasn’t the right timing. It wasn’t that they didn’t want to do it.”

Stanley said Bon Secours has contributed more than $300,000 to support the nonprofit’s programming since 2006. Bon Secours is leasing its space from CARITAS.

CARITAS began to operate out of its 150,000-square-foot headquarters at 2220 Stockton St., a former Philip Morris facility, in December 2020. Bon Secours will be the only tenant in the headquarters, which houses CARITAS administrative offices and five of its programs including its women’s emergency shelter, a 160-bed residential women’s recovery program and 47 sober-living apartments.

CARITAS also operates The Healing Place for Men recovery program and men’s shelter at 700 Dinwiddie Ave.

Bon Secours Richmond COO Chris Accashian, Vice President of Mission Drew Burrichter and  Care-A-Van Medical Director Paula Young also shared remarks at the event. Bon Secours Richmond is the regional arm of Bon Secours Mercy Health.

The headquarters project cost about $28 million, Stanley said, which includes the property acquisition, renovations, furniture and other expenses.

The new clinic will give Bon Secours a greater presence in the Manchester area, where it also operates a sports medicine and primary care clinic at 101 Cowardin Ave. Bon Secours also recently expanded its business development program to Manchester.

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