State approves expansion of Mechanicsville hospital

Posted at 9:29 PM, Jun 19, 2020

RICHMOND, Va. -- The Virginia Department of Health has approved a plan to expand Bon Secours Memorial Regional Medical Center in Hanover County.

Bon Secours asked for permission to add 44 beds to its Mechanicsville hospital. After undergoing a six-month Certificate of Public Need process that included lengthy applications and a public hearing, the state granted the new license.

Earlier this year, Bon Secours administrators told the Problem Solvers the additional beds are needed as their service area continues to grow, and age, in population.

“We continue to try to become more efficient with our patient flow and how we deliver care, but we’ve reached a point where there really aren’t many other levers we can pull,” Leigh Sewell, president of Bon Secours Memorial Regional Medical Center, said.

The $50 million project will add two new floors atop the existing hospital.

Those floors will include 11 intensive care beds and 33 in-patient or surgical beds, giving the Memorial Regional a total capacity of 269 hospital beds.

Bon Secours expects to break ground on the expansion in mid-2021 and open the new floors to patients in late 2022.

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