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State Approves 54 Beds for Bon Secours St. Francis Medical Center

COPN process started nearly a year ago

Bon Secours St. Francis Medical Center today received approval from the Virginia Department of Health to add 54 beds to its current 130-bed facility. Sixteen of the beds will be dedicated to obstetrics and 34 will be used for medical and surgical patients.

Bon Secours requested the additional beds, bringing its total to 184, in an effort to meet current and future patient demands. No new services were requested through the Certificate of Public Need (COPN) application, submitted to the Virginia Department of Health last January.

A letter dated today (Nov. 10), from State Health Commission Karen Remley, M.D., confirmed Bon Secours’ assertion that the additional beds were necessary to meet patient demand. “The SFMC (St. Francis) project is a responsible, incremental response that addresses a facility specific expression of public need for additional acute care resources and poses little threat to the utilization of other existing facilities,” stated Dr. Remley.

“We are thrilled with the Department of Health’s decision to permit us to move forward with the additional beds,” said Mark Gordon, executive vice president and administrator of St. Francis Medical Center. “We now feel confident that we are poised to care for the growing population in the St. Francis service area.”

St. Francis can now begin partial renovation of its 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 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 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%.

In addition, the expansion of Ft. Lee through the Base Realignment and Closings (BRAC) project, the major housing developments of Magnolia Green, Roseland and the Village of Westchester all will directly impact St. Francis.

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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