City of Norfolk reverses, now supports smaller DePaul

A decision is still pending from the state health commissioner, but Bon Secours DePaul hospital cleared a hurdle last night when the City of Norfolk changed their position on a smaller DePaul hospital and now support Bon Secours’ efforts.

Earlier this year, Bon Secours, a nonprofit Catholic health system, proposed replacing the 238-bed DePaul with a new hospital that would have 54 beds.

After meeting with the City, Mayor Paul Fraim and Richard A. Hanson, CEO of Bon Secours Hampton Roads Health System, signed an agreement that the City would support the smaller DePaul if certain conditions were met.

DePaul agreed to increase the number of beds at the new hospital from 54 to 64. The 10 extra beds are to be designated for childbirth services. The agreement also included:

The emergency room will be staffed by board-certified emergency medicine physicians round the clock.

DePaul will have six beds for intensive care and will continue cancer treatment with a linear accelerator plus a CT simulator. The midwifery center would be maintained.

For more information, see the Virginian-Pilot article: Bon Secours, Norfolk reach agreement on smaller DePaul

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