VCU Health emergency center in New Kent to open spring 2020

aluck@tidewaterreview.com

VCU Health will begin to provide New Kent County residents with emergency care in spring 2020.

VCU Health will open an emergency medical care center in the county; the project was approved by the VCU Health System Board of Directors on Wednesday, according to a news release by Virginia Commonwealth University.

Construction is set to start next month on the $16 million center at 2495 Pocahontas Trail in Quinton.

The project’s site plan was approved Jan. 24 by the county’s planning department.

The center will be 17,000 square feet and have an emergency room and helicopter pad, according to county planning documents.

There will be 24-hour emergency medical physicians, emergency trained registered nurses, laboratory services, integrated technology, digital X-rays and ultrasounds at the center, according to the release.

The center will be on 17.3 acres with 7 acres used for development, according to documents.

The main entrance will be off Route 60 and there will be 93 parking spots.

The Richmond branch of Draper Aden Associates is the project engineer and Norfolk-based PF&A Design is the architect.

Shelton’s Care Inc. is the landowner, but county property records show the land is pending transfer to VCU Health. A price has not been determined because the land has not yet been assessed.

The county had plans for an emergency medical center in 2015 with HCA Virginia, but the Virginia Department of Health recommended they be denied in August of that year, according to Review archives.

After the demise of the project, Del. Chris Peace, R-Hanover, who represents New Kent, spearheaded the effort to bring emergency medical service to the county.

“In 2015, we launched a countywide campaign to reverse the Department of Health staff recommendation of denial,” Peace said. “The Commissioner of Health then reversed her staff decision as a result.”

Peace spoke in support at VCU Health’s Certificate of Public Need public hearing in October 2017 at the Department of Health.

County administrator Rodney Hathaway said the county is excited about the proposal and to ability to make it a reality for residents.

New Kent County Economic Development Director Matthew Smolnik said the facility would help target specific advanced health care needs for the county, as well as for Charles City, King William and the town of West Point.

Dr. Marsha D. Rappley, CEO of VCU Health System and senior vice president for health sciences at Virginia Commonwealth University said in the release that the center gives VCU Health the opportunity to partner with the community and extend to leading emergency and trauma care.

In the release, Deborah Davis VCU Health chief of strategic initiatives said VCU Health is excited to provide the people of New Kent County with emergency care.

“New Kent County is a growing part of the Richmond metropolitan area but is currently underserved medically,” Davis said in the release. “The time is right to develop the county’s first emergency center.”

Peace said that the emergency center will greatly benefit health outcomes for New Kent County families.

“In addition to improving access to emergency services, the presence of VCU Health’s world-class emergency services will greatly enhance the economic opportunities for our community,” Peace said in the release.

Luck can be reached at 757-291-2038, aluck@tidewaterreview.com or @ashleyrluck on Twitter

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