As it plots out a new hospital in Hanover County, HCA Virginia is eyeing a new project in the Richmond.
The healthcare giant is planning to establish 12,000-square-foot emergency center at 3054 N. Arthur Ashe Blvd., where it intends to occupy most of the ground floor of a seven-story mixed-use building that Thalhimer Realty Partners plans to build near the intersection with Ellen Road.
The emergency center is expected to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2024, HCA spokeswoman Pryor Green said in an email this week. She said it will feature 12 beds, a CT scanner and other equipment.
The $17 million center also would feature a pharmacy and a paramedical training program and more, per the application for a certificate of public need, or COPN, that HCA filed with the state health department.
HCA received approval for the center from the state in October. Healthcare providers are required to apply to the regulatory COPN program for approval when they want to create or expand facilities in Virginia.
The CT scanner at the upcoming center near Scott’s Addition is being sourced from HCA’s shuttered West Creek Emergency Center, according to the COPN application. HCA closed the Goochland facility in early 2020. That decision was framed as a temporary measure in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, but it remains unused nearly three years later.
The building in which the upcoming HCA center will be located is considered part of Thalhimer’s upcoming Scott’s Walk development, which will feature retail and restaurant space and already has tenants signed on. TRP Principal Jason Guillot said the HCA facility is planned to occupy the entirety of the medical-office square footage planned for the project.
“Medical is a very complementary use to retail and so we’re excited about the synergy that HCA will have with our other tenants at Scott’s Walk, including Starbucks, Chipotle and Raising Cane’s,” Guillot said.
Guillot added that the planned medical office space attracted notable interest from potential users, which he said speaks to the interest of healthcare providers in locating closer to the new apartments and development in the area.
“We have received calls from other healthcare tenants,” he said. “The redevelopment and growth of the greater Scott’s Addition area has brought with it more residents who are in need of basic services like healthcare; HCA has taken note and is investing in this new facility to meet expanding demand.”
The location also would put it next door to the Diamond District, the massive ballpark-anchored development that will replace The Diamond across the street. Thalhimer is part of the development team leading that project.
Construction is underway at Scott’s Walk. Construction on the building that HCA plans to occupy hadn’t started by Wednesday though the site had been cleared.
The HCA center is expected to have the Arthur Ashe address, but the parcel that would be home to the mixed-use building is also known as 1801 Ellen Road. The center would operate as an outpost of Henrico Doctors’ Hospital, which is at 1602 Skipwith Road in Henrico County.
HCA’s Virginia arm has active free-standing emergency centers at 9275 Chamberlayne Road in Hanover, 14720 Hancock Village St. in Chesterfield County and 1700 Temple Parkway in Prince George County, according to the health system’s website.
The Nashville, Tennessee-based health system also operates six hospitals, along with other healthcare facilities, in the Richmond region. In addition to Henrico Doctors’, its other local hospitals are Retreat Doctors’ Hospital in the Fan, Chippenham Hospital in South Richmond, Johnston-Willis Hospital in North Chesterfield, Parham Doctors’ Hospital in western Henrico and TriCities Hospital in Hopewell, which changed its name from John Randolph Medical Center in December.
The company’s plans in Hanover call for a 60-bed, $233.6 million acute-care hospital on Sliding Hill Road just off Interstate 95 near Ashland.