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.

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