Bon Secours is on track to start 2023 with a new wing at Memorial Regional Medical Center.
The healthcare system held a ribbon-cutting ceremony in late November for its nearly-completed West Pavilion, which will add dozens of additional beds to the hospital.
The 48,000-square-foot wing is a building on the campus that Bon Secours bought from Sheltering Arms last year. The West Pavilion is slated to open to patients in the first quarter of 2023.
The new wing features 43 in-patient beds and is home to neuroscience and orthopedic units in addition to physical therapy and rehabilitation services, according to a news release.
The addition of the West Pavilion brings Memorial Regional to a total of 270 beds and 436,500 square feet. The hospital is located at 8260 Atlee Road in Mechanicsville.
The West Pavilion renovation comes as part of a larger $50 million renovation project at the hospital. Renovations for the West Pavilion are largely complete and the overall project’s full completion is slated for the second or third quarter of 2023, according to Bon Secours spokeswoman Jenna Green.
“We celebrate this milestone today and look forward to continuing the important work on our expansion as we seek to better meet the growing needs of the greater Hanover County region,” hospital president Leigh Sewell said in a prepared statement.
Hourigan is the project’s general contractor and Gresham Smith is the architecture firm on the project, which kicked off in late 2021.
The project comes as a response to “fast-growing demand” for care in the hospital’s service area, particularly Hanover, eastern Henrico and the Northern Neck, the company said.
The hospital currently has about 1,600 employees and plans to add several dozen more as part of the expansion project.
“We expect to bring on between 35 and 45 new hires gradually over the next year as various stages of the project are completed,” Green said in an email.
The hospital is 388,500 square feet prior to the addition of the West Pavilion. Previous articles about this renovation project described the hospital’s size as 315,000 square feet, a figure that was provided by the health system. Bon Secours has since changed how it calculates square footage and the higher figure includes additional spaces not previously counted.
“The new number includes some of our central plant and support spaces where the previous number did not,” Green said.
The Hanover hospital project nears completion amid scrutiny of Bon Secours’s operations at its Richmond Community Hospital in Richmond’s East End.
In September, The New York Times reported that Bon Secours Richmond Community Hospital had the highest profit margins of any Virginia hospital thanks to the federal 340B program that allows medical facilities in poor areas to buy discounted prescription drugs, while being able to get full reimbursements from insurers in line with the drugs’ usual price points and keep the difference.
The 340B program is intended to allow hospitals in impoverished areas to save money and invest in their services, but the Times found that the East End hospital has seen its capabilities be pared back amid Bon Secours’s investments in other hospitals in the region.
Green, the Bon Secours spokesperson, said no money generated by Richmond Community’s usage of the 340B program has been funneled toward the Memorial Regional project.
“Bon Secours is compliant with the federal 340B program and utilizes savings for community reinvestment that aligns with the program’s intent, which is critical to our patients,” she said. “There are no funds generated through insurance reimbursements at Richmond Community Hospital that are directed toward this project at Memorial Regional in any way.”
Green said Bon Secours has approved $5.3 million in capital improvements to the Richmond Community campus since 2021, which includes a new MRI machine among other improvements. That’s in addition to a new medical office building that’s nearing completion.