Virginias health commissioner has approved two projects in the Richmond areaa new suburban hospital proposed by Nashville-based HCA and an expansion plan pitched by a hospital operated by Bon Secours Health System, Marriottsville, Md.
HCAs certificate of public need authorizes a 97-bed hospital in Goochland County, west of Richmond, with total capital and financing cost of $183 million, according to Mark Foust, a spokesman for HCA Virginia. The commissioners ruling requires HCA to delicense 122 beds at Retreat Hospital, one of five campuses that HCA operates in the Richmond area under two hospital licenses. HCA hopes to complete construction of the hospital by February 2012. HCA also has another hospital under construction in Spotsylvania County, Va., about 50 miles north of Richmond, with a scheduled completion date of June 2010, Foust said.
The commissioner also approved adding 54 beds to 130-bed Bon Secours St. Francis Medical Center, Midlothian, which opened in 2005. The authorized project cost was $38.1 million. -- by Vince Galloro