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 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.

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

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

City of Norfolk reverses, now supports smaller DePaul

November 15, 2007

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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