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


Notes from November’s Wards Corner Taskforce meeting

November 9, 2012

As always, thanks to Karen Mayne for the following notes from the Greater Wards Corner Task Force Meeting which was held on November 8, 2012 at the Fitness and Wellness Center.

The meeting was led by Councilwoman Terry Whibley. Councilman Barclay Winn was also present.

DePaul Bon Secours Presentation – Tom Privett

Mr. Privett gave a presentation on the renovations that Bon Secours has undertaken in the past two years and its future plans for its DePaul medical campus. They have invested $14 million inside the hospital on new state-of-the-art medical equipment and facilities. They have implemented a fully electronic medical records program called ConnectCare. In late November they will break ground on a new medical building, which will be located at the eastern end of the current large parking lot. This building will house the outpatient and oncology departments.  Future plans call for an entirely new campus, with the new hospital to be located at the western end of the current parking lot. Eventually, two parking garages will be built. In the interim, parking will continue to be at the western end of the current lot and in a lot where the former
medical building was torn down. Bon Secours will be applying to the City for a Sign Overlay District to allow them to have directional signage as well as a large sign showing the future layout of the campus and large signs on the sides of their current buildings.

Department of Public Works – Alice Kelly

Underground Utilities at Wards Corner – Dominion Power has provided a cost estimate of $150,000 for replacing the two wooden anchor poles on the south side of Little Creek Road with larger concrete poles on the north side. A similar design anchor pole may be seen on Norview Avenue at Five Points. The total cost to complete the southeastern quadrant of the Corner is now estimated to be $310,000. The group requested to see a picture of what the large concrete anchor poles would look like before making a decision to make this project a Department of Public Works’ budget request for fiscal year 2014.

School Crossing Lights – Discussion continued on the issue of crossing lights at Norfolk Christian lower school on Granby Street and upper school on Thole Street. Ms. Kelly said that the City would expect private schools to pay for crossing lights as there are five public schools in the City for which there are insufficient funds for crossing lights. The police department will be engaged to look at better traffic management on Granby Street during bus hours. The group discussed the possibility of moving the existing crossing lights on Thole Street at Suburban Park Elementary and on Granby Street at Granby High School to locations that would encompass the two Norfolk Christian schools.

Suburban Park Elementary Bus Port – Karen Mayne relayed to the group that the Principal of Suburban Park Elementary, Mrs. Brenda Shepherd, had indicated she had not been contacted by the staff of Public Works and Parks who had worked with the school administration office on the concept design for a new bus port. Ms. Kelly said she would look into that and have someone get in touch with Mrs. Shepherd.

Department of Development – Mike Cutter

The demolition of the Suburban Park Shopping Center should be completed in the next few months. A citizen request was made to look into the issue of homeless sleeping in the buildings now that all the windows and doors have been removed. Mid Town Shopping Center renovations are almost complete and the parking lot will be upgraded, landscaped and will have new signage. Mrs. Dalis has a number of letters of intent to lease the renovated shopping center. Currently, there are no plans to lease the second story of the central part of the shopping center, but that could happen in the future. Farm Fresh is continuing the process of getting City approval for a drive-through pharmacy.

Police Report – Officer Odell Davis

Crime statistics in the area show a decline over last year. On November 12, the 3rd Patrol will implement 12 hour shifts with two officers per car on a trial basis. This has been implemented in other communities and has worked well elsewhere. The 3rd Patrol will have 10 cars on the street at a time. It will also have five community resource officers and Officer Davis will be taking the new resource officers to civic league meetings to introduce them.

Community Reports

The Senior Services of Southeastern Virginia has an I-Ride program that provides special van transportation for senior citizens and persons with disabilities in the Wards Corner area. The cost is $1.00 each way and the program has scheduled stops at the wellness center and businesses in the area as well as special request stops within two miles of the scheduled route.

The poor quality of the parking lot at the Sai Gai building was again brought up. It was suggested that the owners of the building could be encouraged to apply for an aesthetic grant from the City to improve the lot.

The cell tower at the Masonic Temple that has been disguised as a flag pole now has an American flag that is much smaller than the original flag, which looks out of proportion to the size of the tower. Ntelos is the cell tower owner and the City will look into whether there was any requirement in the City’s permit for the cell tower for a certain size flag.

At the last meeting there was a suggestion for additional benches in the design of the new playground to be built at the Fitness and Wellness Center. Since the current design meets requirements and there is no money for additional benches, it was suggested that the civic league could apply for a neighborhood grant to move excess benches from another playground to the new location.

Bon Secours Depaul plans $18.1 million outpatient cancer center

March 8, 2010

Pilot-Online is reporting, Bon Secours Hampton Roads is planning to build two multi million-dollar outpatient cancer centers in Hampton Roads. One will be located at its Habour View campus in Suffolk and the other will be at its Depaul Medical Center Campus in Norfolk.


Both 30,000 -square-foot centers would focus on radiation treatment. They also would provide additional services for cancer patients, such as space for support group meetings and rooms for talks with financial counselors, said Lynne Zultanky, a company spokeswoman.

Bon Secours has applied to the state health department for permission to move its licenses for certain radiation therapy equipment from its Maryview Medical Center in Portsmouth to these locations.

A public hearing on the requests is scheduled for Tuesday at the Russell Memorial Library in Chesapeake.

 Bon Secours has already gotten permission to build a new $200 million dollar, 124 bed  hospital at its present DePaul site.

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.

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.

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, will post the meeting information.

Bon Secours responds to Norfolk’s change of heart

June 17, 2008

The following is a memo from Bon Secours in response to the City of Norfolk’s withdrawal of support of the new DePaul Hospital.  We wrote about that withdrawal in our June 15, 2008 article.


Date:  June 13, 2008

To:    Bon Secours Hampton Roads Health System
Board of Directors
Mary Immaculate Board of Directors
Bon Secours Maryview Foundation Board of Directors
Bon Secours DePaul Health Foundation
Board of Directors
BSDMC Medical Executive Committee
BSMMC Medical Executive Committee
MIH Medical Executive Committee
BSHR Leadership Team
BSHSI Executive Management Team

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City now against Bon Secours’ plan for DePaul

June 15, 2008

The Virginian-Pilot has the article:

The city [Norfolk] has withdrawn its support for a proposal to radically downsize the Bon Secours DePaul Medical Center and is instead calling for a 134-bed hospital with fully functioning emergency, obstetric and intensive care facilities.

Read: City reverses stance, says 64-bed DePaul would be too small

Bon Secours to appeal denial of plan for DePaul

March 23, 2008

According to a Pilot Online article, Bon Secours will appeal the State decision that denied the building of a new hospital in Virginia Beach, a 30 bed expansion of its Suffolk hospital, and a smaller replacement hospital for its 238 bed Depaul Hospital in Norfolk. Bon Secours has repeated said that DePaul will be closed if a solution is not found. It is time for the City of Norfolk to get very engaged in the appeal process to save DePaul Hospital.

Bon Secours DePaul hospital plan clears hurdle

October 11, 2007

Tuesday, the Eastern Virginia Health Systems Agency recommended an 80 bed repacement hospital for DePaul Medical Center.  The discussions at times were heated.

“If you don’t approve this, then you’re looking at a future that doesn’t have DePaul in it,” said Daniel Duggan, executive vice president/administrator for DePaul. “Then you’ve got a real mess on your hands.”

 DePaul Medical Center faces one more critical hurdle in implementing it’s hospital plan. The State Health Commissioner’s decision is expected at the end of this year or in early 2008.

“It is ultimately up to the state health commissioner – who, by state law, must approve all major health care projects – to accept or reject the board’s recommendations. The options range from accepting Sentara’s and Bon Secours’ original proposals to flat-out rejecting them and everything in between”

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