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.

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 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.

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

Certificate of Public Need meeting for DePaul postponed

July 11, 2008

According to Pilot Online


A July 18 public hearing has been postponed on health care projects, including a downsized Bon Secours DePaul Medical Center, Michael Byrnes, executive director of Eastern Virginia Health Systems Agency, said this evening.

Byrnes said a new date has not been set. A 30-day postponement was requested by Bon Secours Hampton Roads Health System.

We will post additional information as soon as it is available.


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.

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”

 Full Story: http://content.hamptonroads.com/story.cfm?story=134345&ran=106670


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