Update on stalled construction at DePaul Medical Center

September 24, 2013
Proposed Cancer Institute at DePaul Medical Center, Norfolk, VA

Proposed Cancer Institute at DePaul Medical Center, Norfolk, VA

You may have noticed that the construction activity at the new medical office building at DePaul Medical Center has stopped over the past few weeks.  I reached out to Bon Secours and got an update.

Because of the soil composition and the requirements of the doctors who will be tenants, it was determined that the piles that were being driven would not be able to handle the load.  The plans are being redone as we speak.  The depth of the piles will likely increase from 45ft to 90ft.

Pile driving is expected to resume on September 26th.


Bon Secours DePaul Implements Valet Parking Program

April 29, 2013

Following concerns and complaints about the lack of convenient parking, especially for handicapped drivers, DePaul will begin a valet parking program immediately.  See the press release below for further information.

Norfolk, VA (April 29, 2013) Construction on Bon Secours DePaul Medical Plaza, the 103,700 square foot, four-story, office building that located on the campus of Bon Secours DePaul Medical Center has begun.  This is the second phase of a three-phase campus development plan by Bon Secours to improve Bon Secours DePaul through investments in programs and services.   During this phase of the campus development, parking directly in front of the hospital main entrance has been relocated.

In order to assist patients and visitors with difficulty walking, the medical center will be immediately offering a free valet parking service.  This new program operates between 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday- Friday, and will transport patients’ and visitors’ vehicles to and from the front entrance of the hospital.  Operators will not accept tips.

Bon Secours anticipates that valet parking will continue until the opening of the Bon Secours DePaul Medical Plaza in Spring 2014.

New campus parking at DePaul Medical Center starting March 1, 2013

February 28, 2013
New parking areas at DePaul Medical Center starting March 1, 2013

New parking areas at DePaul Medical Center starting March 1, 2013

Here is a link to the above graphic in PDF format.  DePaul is implementing a new parking arrangement to accommodate the construction of their new medical building.

Bon Secours Breaks Ground on $22.3 million Medical Office Building on its DePaul Campus

November 29, 2012

Bon Secours sent us the following press release:

Tom Bartosh; Paul Fraim, Mayor, City of Norfolk; Michael Kerner, CEO, Bon Secours Hampton Roads Health System, John E. Barrett, CEO, Bon Secours DePaul Medical Center; Dr. William Rawls, Peter J. Bernard, CEO, Bon Secours Virginia Health System; Malcolm Sina, President, Lend Lease Medical; Dr. Ted Hughes, Sister Pat Heath, SUSC, SVP, Sponsorship, Bon Secours Hampton Roads Health System; Dr. Phyllis Hope; Dr. Nabil Tadros; Helen Whittemore; Linwood Howard, Chair BOD, Bon Secours Hampton Roads, Pam Phillips, Senior Vice President of Mission, Bon Secours Hampton Roads Health System.

Norfolk, Va. (November 28, 2012) – Leaders from Bon Secours Virginia and Bon Secours Hampton Roads Health System, together with Norfolk Mayor Paul Fraim and Lend Lease Medical Real estate, are pleased to announce the launching of the construction of a $22.3 million office building to be located on the campus of Bon Secours DePaul Medical Center. The 103,700 square foot, four-story Bon Secours DePaul Medical Plaza is the second phase of a three-phase campus development plan by Bon Secours to improve Bon Secours DePaul through investments in programs and services.

At the core of the medical plaza is a comprehensive cancer institute, which will place state-of- the-art technology in the hands of cancer experts, enabling them to address the unique needs of those battling cancer. Strong charitable support from the community is helping to raise funds to make the Cancer Institute possible. In addition to the Bon Secours Cancer Institute, the medical plaza will also house specialists and primary care physician practices.

“The new medical office building will bring many more patients to our hospital campus with improved access to a state-of-the-art cancer center, as well as physician specialties and services,” said John E. Barrett, CEO, Bon Secours DePaul Medical Center. “This is an exciting phase of our campus development as we bring more great services to DePaul. We are especially appreciative of the generous charitable support from our medical staff, our employees and our community to bring advanced services here.”

Physicians from the Bon Secours Virginia Medical Group, to include both primary care and specialists, will become tenants upon opening. “The Medical Plaza is a prime location for the Bon Secours Medical Group,” said Dr. Thomas Auer, CEO, Bon Secours Virginia Medical Group. “In addition to providing more physical space to grow our practices, the new building will allow us to configure our offices to become more clinically efficient and to offer Patient Centered Medical Homes.”

In Bon Secours DePaul’s first phase of development, Bon Secours invested in services including neurosciences and cardiac catheterization, in recruitment of physician experts and in state-of-the-art technologies, including robotics for minimally invasive surgeries and the first low-dose 64-bit CT scanner in Hampton Roads. Last month, Bon Secours DePaul became the seventh and final Bon Secours Virginia hospital to launch ConnectCare, a clinical information system housing all of Bon Secours Virginia’s patient data using an electronic health record (EHR) program.

“Bon Secours continues to be committed to serving the Norfolk community and to furthering the DePaul ministry that started more than 157 years ago,” said Michael K. Kerner, CEO, Bon Secours Hampton Roads Health System. “We are grateful to the city of Norfolk, as well as to our Bon Secours leaders and our donors, for enabling us to invest in the people, programs and services to better meet the needs of this community.”

In addition to Bon Secours DePaul’s second phase of development – the Bon Secours DePaul Medical Plaza – Bon Secours plans to invest in a third and final phase of DePaul’s campus development, to include the building of a 124-bed replacement hospital, scheduled to open in the summer of 2017.

Completion of the Bon Secours DePaul Medical Plaza is expected to be in early 2014. Lend Lease DASCO, a national leader in the development, financing, leasing and management of medical office buildings and outpatient facilities, will develop, finance and manage the project. For leasing information about the project, contact Gerald Quattlebaum, 800.452.8121 or e-mail Gerald.quattlebaum@lendlease.com.

New renderings of proposed Cancer Institute at DePaul Medical Center

February 27, 2012
Proposed Cancer Institute at DePaul Medical Center, Norfolk, VA

Proposed Cancer Institute at DePaul Medical Center, Norfolk, VA

Bon Secours has released renderings of a proposed Cancer Institute to be built at DePaul Medical Center.  The renderings can be viewed here (PDF).

From the Bon Secours Hampton Roads website:

Bon Secours Virginia has announced the beginning of the second phase of the campus development plan for Bon Secours DePaul Medical Center. The health system plans to break ground on a 105,000 square foot, four-story medical office building, which will be located on the medical center campus, just off Granby Street at 150 Kingsley Lane, by late summer or early fall of 2012 with occupancy expected to be available for occupancy by fall of 2013.

The $25 million new office building will be home to specialists and primary care physician practices. At the core of the facility will be a comprehensive cancer center, which will place state-of-the-art technology in the hands of cancer experts, enabling them to address the unique needs of those battling cancer.

“Over the past three years, Bon Secours has continued to demonstrate its commitment to the Norfolk community by making a series of investments in programs and services at Bon Secours DePaul,” said John E. Barrett, CEO, Bon Secours DePaul Medical Center. “With the first phase of investments completed we are looking forward to the development of our new medical office building, which marks the start phase two. Our final phase of development will be the construction of the new Bon Secours DePaul to allow us to better serve our community.”

During phase one developments at DePaul in 2011, the health system invested in a variety of new equipment, facility upgrades, and other expansions, including:

  • A neuroscience intensive care unit
  • New cardiac catheterization laboratory
  • An interventional neurovascular laboratory
  • Hampton Roads first low-dose 64-slice computerized tomography scanner
  • A state-of-the-art robotic surgical system for the minimally invasive surgery program
  • Renovations on the patient care units
  • Recruitment of numerous physician experts
  • Significant site preparations and extensive planning with the Norfolk Planning office and Duany Plater-Zyberk

Drive-Through Flu Shots at DePaul on October 16

October 11, 2010

DePaul Medical Center

DePaul Medical Center

Bon Secours Health System announced that Saturday, October 16, 2010  has been declared “Drive-Through Flu Shot Day.”  Last year, more than 700 residents rolled down their car windows and rolled up their sleeves to protect themselves from the flu.  The drive-through flu shots for seasonal flu will be offered for a minimal charge and administered by registered medical practitioners.

What:   Drive-Through Flu Shots

When:  Saturday, October 16, 2010, 9:00 a.m. to noon

Where:   Bon Secours DePaul Medical Center, 150 Kingsley Lane, Norfolk

Cost:     $20.00

Bon Secours will bill Medicare and patients can charge fee to credit cards.

May Meeting Minutes

June 13, 2010

Wards Corner Now – May 15, 2010

Wards Corner Now had a meeting on May 15, 2010 at the Fitness and Wellness Center.  As is customary with WCN meetings, the facilitator of the meeting is rotated month-to-month.  Jim English chaired the meeting.  Topics covered were: DePaul Medical Center, Crosswalks, Proposed Construction at Riverside Terrace, Walgreens, Wards Corner Comprehensive Plan, and the Agenda’s for the May and June meetings.  Newly elected City Council member Andy Protogyrou was present.  Below is a short summary, nothing is verbatim.

DePaul Medical Center: While complete long term plans for the site are still in the development phase, Pam Phillips, DePaul Vice President for Mission, outlined the direction Bon Secours will be taking and upcoming intermediary changes to the buildings and property. Sometime this summer the Vincent Building, which is below current standards, will be razed.  DePaul is currently waiting for the state to approve a cancer treatment center.  Future plans include a 124 bed full service hospital which will include obstetrics and emergency services.  Site plans will include green space and water features.  DePaul is in the midst of a fundraising campaign now and  estimates groundbreaking is  to be in 2014.

Plans are also in the final stages for a new community service – a free mobile medical clinic in partnership with local churches.  Patients will be seen by a physician or nurse practitioner.

Crosswalks: City funding has been approved for 7 crosswalks.  WCN attendees agreed that only 2 crosswalks should be installed at this time and it be proposed to City Council that the “saved” money be added to funds supporting the implementation of the Wards Corner Comprehensive Plan.

Landmark at Talbot Park and Proposed Construction at Riverside Terrace: According to developer Art Collins, in today’s economic climate it is unfeasible to continue with Landmark at Talbot Park as proposed originally.  The revision would include 190 apartments in a 4-story building along the front of the Riverside Terrace property instead of developing the area into condos.  The apartments, most of which would be split between 1 and 2 bedroom units, would rent for approximately $1,000 a month. Consensus of the meeting was that the density planned for the site was too high and the possibility for negative impact on the surrounding neighborhoods was too great.  The WCN steering committee will look into the where Art Collins is in the application process and make further recommendations.

Walgreens: After discussion, the consensus was that the proffered agreement for the special exception license to sell beer should be the same as that at Rite Aid.

June Meeting Agenda Items: Norfolk Collegiate and AJ Gators Updates

Bon Secours gets approval to replace DePaul Medical Center

March 4, 2010
DePaul Medical Center

DePaul Medical Center

We received a Press Release from Bon Secours announcing that it has gotten its Certificate of Public Need (COPN) from the State Health Commissioner allowing it to replace the current DePaul Hospital with a new, 124-bed hospital.

“Plans call for the new 300,000 square foot, $200 million facility to be located on the current hospital site at 150 Kingsley Lane in Norfolk; …”

See the full Press Release below:

Hampton Roads’ First Community Hospital Gains Approval to Become the Newest Bon Secours DePaul Medical Center Approved for New 124 Bed Hospital

Norfolk, Va. (March 04, 2010) – Bon Secours Virginia Health System announced today that the Virginia Deputy State Health Commissioner has issued a certificate of public need (COPN) to replace the existing Bon Secours DePaul Medical Center with a 124-bed, state-of-the-art, full-service hospital.

“We are pleased that the Deputy Commissioner has approved our plan to build a new Bon Secours DePaul,” said Peter J. Bernard, CEO, Bon Secours Virginia Health System. “As we plan for and look ahead to the new DePaul, Bon Secours will remain committed to growing our programs and services, and providing exceptional, personalized care.”

The COPN for the new DePaul authorizes:
• 124 acute-care beds which will include:
o Intensive care unit
o Obstetrical unit
o Full-service emergency department
o Operative suites
o Advanced imaging center, to include MRI and CT
o Cardiac catheterization
o Radiation therapy services
o Lithotripsy

Plans call for the new 300,000 square foot, $200 million facility to be located on the current hospital site at 150 Kingsley Lane in Norfolk; the COPN proposes completion in late 2014. As the health system prepares for the opening, there will be opportunities for the community to support the building of a new DePaul with philanthropic efforts.

“Our vision for the new Bon Secours DePaul reflects what we have learned from the community, this is a real win for the people of Hampton Roads as well as for Bon Secours,” said Michael K. Kerner, CEO, Bon Secours Hampton Roads Health System. “DePaul has nearly a 154-year long legacy of serving the region with passion and purpose. A new hospital would enable us to continue this work for many years to come.”

An Update on DePaul Medical Center

December 17, 2009

From Bon Secours:

Good News! In preparation for the building of a new, state-of-the-art, full service medical center, and to continue our mission of more than 153 years of caring for our community, Bon Secours is pleased to announce that starting immediately we will begin the process of rejuvenation of the Bon Secours DePaul Medical Center campus.

The first phase of the development of our master plan is beginning with the demolition several old and unoccupied buildings on the campus. Slated for completion in early February, this work will include the demolition of the old nursing school dormitory/ clinic building and unused storage buildings on the property. Patient care will not be impacted by any of these activities.

Approximately one acre in the western-most end of the campus, bounded by Kingsley lane, Newport Avenue and Painter Street will be involved in this phase of development.

As good stewards of our environment, Bon Secours DePaul will work in collaboration with our construction and demolition companies to ensure that all OSHA, DEQ and EPA regulations are strictly followed. In addition, whenever possible, trees will be preserved and materials will be recycled.

We will use this area for parking and staging during the upcoming phases of the campus rejuvenation. This will include the construction of a new medical building, to begin in 2010, and when approved by the state health commissioner, development of a 124-bed full service medical center. Construction of the new hospital may begin as early as 2011.

During these developments, we will continue to make investments in our current hospital to improve the care we provide to our community. The most recent investments have included renovations in the emergency department to improve efficiency, cosmetic improvements on the patient care units, the purchase of specialized medical equipment, and physical plant upgrades including roof and elevator repairs. In addition, the medical center will continue to enhance the program and services offered to our community and will continue to hire new staff as we grow in our ministry.

We are delighted to have the support of our city leadership, including Major Paul Fraim, and Councilman Barclay Winn. We also appreciate the support of our patients, our medical staff, our employees and our neighbors as we embark on this exciting transformation.

Bon Secours and Sentara partner on Princess Anne hospital

December 2, 2008
Sentara Princess Anne Hospital

Sentara Princess Anne Hospital

Bon Secours will announce today that they will partner with Sentara on a Princess Anne, Virginia Beach Hospital. Both Bon Secours and Sentara had proposed two new hospitals for the Princess Anne area of Virginia Beach. Hopefully, this will free up cash for Bon Secours to develop a world class health campus at the new DePaul Medical Center.

Hearing on DePaul Hospital resizing postponed again

October 31, 2008

The Virginian-Pilot reports that the public hearing has been postponed to “early next year”.

See the short article here: Hearing on Norfolk’s DePaul hospital downsizing delayed

Yuliya Dobrydneva, WC resident: “criminal activity overflows into our community”

October 13, 2008

Yuliya Dobrydneva, a Wards Corner resident, wrote the following Letter to the Editor, which was printed on October 13, 2008:

On Friday, Oct. 3 , at about 9 p.m., my teenage son was robbed at gunpoint right in front of DePaul Hospital on Granby Street. He was traveling alone in his car and stopped for the red light in the right lane. A young man with a hood and a bandana over his face and gloves on his hands jumped into the car, pulled out a large caliber gun, yanked the keys out of ignition, pressed the gun against my son’s head and demanded money.The robber took the money from the wallet, then lit up the lighter and burned credit cards, and splashed drink on my son before finally throwing the keys back to him. Only by the grace of God was my son not injured or killed.

The most outrageous thing is that this brazen crime happened in full view of people just a couple of yards away at the bus stop.

All this happened literally two minutes away from our house at Wards Corner. Our sense of safety and security is deteriorating. Just in the last two months, our house and our car were vandalized; drug addicts broke into our porch; our license plates were stolen.

We see unmistakable signs of gang and drug activity in our formerly peaceful community. What we do not see, however, is enough police presence on our streets. While the police efforts are primarily focused on the so-called ‘bad’ neighborhoods, criminal activity overflows into our community, which never before required stepped-up police presence.

Things need to be turned around before it is too late to save our beautiful neighborhood.
Yuliya Dobrydneva

This Letter to the Editor can be read on the Virginian-Pilot’s website: Granby Crime Wave

Bon Secours and Norfolk come to an agreement

August 25, 2008

Mayor Fraim has sent a letter to Michael Kerner, CEO of Bon Secours Hampton Roads Health System, outlining the new agreement between Bon Secours and the City regarding the future of Depaul Hospital.  The agreement calls for a compromise of 124 beds.

The new BSHR Norfolk facility would contain 88 medical/surgical beds, 20 obstetrical beds, and 16 intensive/cardiac care beds staffed 24/7 with certified critical care registered nurses.  The BSHR Norfolk facility would also include six operating rooms, one cardiac catheterization laboratory, full-service imaging (including one MRI scanner and two CT scanners, at least one of which would be capable of cardiac imaging), pharmacy and laboratory services, lithotripsy and a cancer center with one linear accelerator.  The BSHR Norfolk facility would also include a state-of-the-art emergency room with 23 multi-function, monitored treatment bays (including facilities for patient triage, dedicated diagnostic imaging, respiratory point of care testing, behavioral medicine seclusion and decontamination).  Although the square footage of the new emergency room has not been finalized, it would be substantially larger than the 7,233 square foot emergency room proposed in the COPN application.  The final size and layout of the new emergency room would be developed with the input of Norfolk Fire and Rescue.

The full letter can be found here.

Ultimate cost of DePaul will be borne by Norfolk residents

July 10, 2008

Local political blogger, Vivian Paige points out that

Fire Chief Loy Senter brought up the fact that a smaller DePaul hospital with fewer services will result in the routing of emergency patients to a hospital that is further away from them – either Leigh or Norfolk General. That will mean longer wait times for service. Ultimately, Norfolk citizens will have two choices: wait longer or pony up more money for more rescue positions. We all know how that will turn out.

Vivian’s message is the same as ours: Let your voice be heard.  Contact these people and let them know how you feel.

Read Vivian’s entire post for all of her thoughts on the DePaul matter: Depaul removes 30 beds from service

CEO of Bon Secours to meet with Mayor Fraim to discuss DePaul Hospital

July 6, 2008

The CEO of Bon Secours will meet with Mayor Fraim on Monday to discuss the impasse between Norfolk and Bon Secours on their different positions for the number of beds at the new DePaul Medical Center.  The City withdrew its support for a new 64 bed Depaul Medical Center with fewer services in June in favor of a new 134 bed DePaul with more services after receiving the recommended findings of a Northern Virginia consulting firm.

Bon Secours Health Systems website published:

Bon Secours Health System, headquartered in Marriottsville, Maryland, a $2.4 billion not-for-profit Catholic health system, owns, manages, or joint ventures 18 acute-care hospitals, one psychiatric hospital, five nursing care facilities, five assisted living facilities, and 15  home care and hospice programs. Bon Secours’ more than 16,000 caregivers help people  in seven states, primarily on the East Coast.

 At the end of an article on DePaul in the business section of Sunday’s Virginian-Pilot,  the need for a meeting betwen the City and Bon Secours was discussed:

In the end, Holbrook, the advocate for a larger DePaul, wishes the key players would get together with the intent to resolve this disagreement.

“The city needs to sit down with DePaul and Sentara and figure out what the best mix is for Norfolk,” he said.

A meeting of the Friends of DePaul Hospital will be called on Monday afternoon to hear and discuss the outcome of the meeting between Mayor Fraim and Bon Secours. When the time and place of this meeting is announced Monday, www.wardscornernow.com will post the meeting information.

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