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Bon Secours St. Francis Medical Center Seeks COPN Approval

Patient Demand Initiates Need for Additional Beds

Bon Secours St. Francis Medical Center has formally requested the state’s approval to expand its current capacity from 130 beds to 184 in an effort to meet current and future patient demands.

Bon Secours will present its case at a public hearing at 3 p.m. on March 31, at the Second Baptist Church, 9614 River Road in Richmond.

No new services are requested through the Certificate of Public Need (COPN) application, submitted to the Virginia Department of Health on Jan. 2, 2008. The requests are to accommodate current demand and future growth.

The submission includes requests for partial renovation of the existing obstetrics unit to include additional beds in the dedicated nursery for post-partum patients; expansion of obstetrics space to accommodate current and future demand; and new space to accommodate the demand for medical/surgical beds.

“The proposed project will expand existing obstetric and medical inpatient services at St. Francis,” said Terrie Edwards, executive vice president and administrator of St. Francis Medical Center. “Our patient census has exceeded our current space and licensed inpatient beds. Projections show significant growth for the St. Francis service area. Expansion is essential for continued quality care for our patients.”

Edwards said the most significant demand has been for obstetrical services. Since opening, the deliveries have grown from approximately 850 the first year to an expected 1,800 deliveries this fiscal year. To accommodate the growth, the post partum services expanded in to the needed medial surgical patient beds.

Based on the Central Virginia Health Planning Agency’s Health and Human Services Need Assessment, projections show 13,502 or a 6.4 percent increase in births in the St. Francis area by 2011.

According to the Richmond Health Planning District census projections, between 2006 and 2011, the populations of the counties surrounding St. Francis are expected to grow as follows: Amelia 5.8%, Chesterfield 8.7%, and Powhatan 13.3%. This combined growth of 9.0% surpasses the overall Richmond Health Planning District’s projected growth of 6.2%.

In addition, the expansion of Ft. Lee through the Base Realignment and Closings (BRAC) project will add some 10,000 residents to the area in the next two years. And the major housing developments of Magnolia Green, Roseland and the Village of Westchester will add another 14,000 residents by 2016. All will directly impact St. Francis.

“The expansion is essential to the continued quality health care for our community. I am increasingly aware of the need for such expansion given the population increases south of the James River,” said Pete Cleal, chair of the St. Francis Medical Center Community Advisory Board and Chesterfield County resident. “We are thrilled that our community is growing, but we must be responsible in that growth. That means ensuring that quality and affordable health care is available and accessible.”

Bon Secours St. Francis Medical Center, which opened in 2005, is located in western Chesterfield County. The acute-care hospital is a 130-bed facility with all private rooms and a full array of inpatient and outpatient services including obstetrics, neonatal special care, medicine and surgery. St. Francis also provides cardiology, cardiac catheterization, emergency, women’s, orthopaedic, imaging, including MRI, CT and Pet/CT, Oncology and Hospice services.

St. Francis serves the counties of Chesterfield, Powhatan, Amelia, Goochland and Nottoway and the cities of Petersburg and Colonial Heights.

The St. Francis Campus includes the hospital, two medical office buildings, the Bon Secours Cancer Institute and the St. Francis Family Care Center.

St. Francis is one of Bon Secours Richmond Health System’s four local hospitals. The others are St. Mary’s Hospital, Memorial Regional Medical Center and Richmond Community Hospital.

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