Virginia Beach, VA -- March 20, 2008
– Virginia Deputy Commissioner of Health Dr. James Burns has approved a Certificate of Public Need (COPN) for Sentara Princess Anne Hospital in Virginia Beach, at 120 beds.
“We are grateful for the go-ahead to build a much-needed hospital in southern Virginia Beach,” says Steve Porter, vice president and administrator of Sentara’s Princess Anne campus
and Sentara Bayside Hospital
. “Sentara Princess Anne Hospital will allow us to complete the vision of our partnership with the City of Virginia Beach for a comprehensive medical campus.”
Sentara originally applied to relocate 158 inpatient beds from Sentara Bayside Hospital to Princess Anne. Sentara plans to redesign Sentara Bayside into a robust outpatient campus after Sentara Princess Anne Hospital opens, reflecting current trends in usage. Until then, Sentara Bayside Hospital remains an active acute care hospital.
More than 50,000 patients have been seen at the free-standing 24-hour emergency department on the Princess Anne campus
since it opened in September of 2006, and more than 3,000 of those have been admitted to area hospitals.
“We very much appreciate all the support from the community during the public hearings and the state review process,” Steve Porter concludes. “We look forward to working with our clinical partners, the city and the community in designing and building Sentara Princess Anne Hospital.”
Groundbreaking for Sentara Princess Anne Hospital is projected for this year, with opening set for late summer 2011.
Summary of Certificate of Public Need Decisions - Planning District 20
On March 20, 2008, the Virginia State Health Department released the Certificate of Public Need (COPN) decisions on five Hampton Roads area hospital applications.
These five applications included two submitted by Sentara Healthcare. In July 2007, Sentara submitted a COPN application to relocate the 158 inpatient beds and related services of Sentara Bayside Hospital to the Sentara Princess Anne health campus. In addition, Sentara Obici Hospital submitted an application to add 30 beds through relocation of beds from Sentara Norfolk General Hospital.
Bon Secours Health System submitted three applications in which Bon Secours proposed to develop new hospitals in southern Virginia Beach and northern Suffolk, and to develop a smaller replacement hospital on the current DePaul campus in Norfolk.
The COPN decisions were made by the Deputy State Health Commissioner after an extensive analysis process which included review by the region’s Eastern Virginia Health Systems Agency, the Virginia Department of Certificate of Public Need staff, and the state’s COPN hearing officer.
The Sentara Princess Anne Hospital application was approved for 120 beds, including medical/surgical, intensive care, obstetric, and pediatric beds. In addition, the hospital was approved for six operating rooms, cardiac catheterization, and CT services. This approval complements the services currently existing on the Princess Anne campus: ambulatory surgery center, full service 24/7 emergency department, integrated cancer center with radiation therapy and PET/CT services, and advanced imaging services including CT and MRI.
Among reasons for the application’s approval, the hearing officer’s report cites: the full-service nature of the proposed hospital; the consistency of the proposal with the Princess Anne health campus development plan adopted and promoted by the City of Virginia Beach; the large and growing population of southern Virginia Beach; the opportunity to optimize use of existing beds by relocating them to an area of growth, thereby enhancing accessibility; and consistency with the State Medical Facilities Plan.
Sentara Bayside Hospital will continue to serve as a vibrant acute care hospital and will continue to benefit from the new quality initiatives, innovative technologies and service enhancements that Sentara routinely deploys throughout the system. One example will be the Sentara eCare Health Network that will allow for greater physician collaboration and improved safety. Once Sentara Princess Anne Hospital opens, Sentara Bayside will transition to a comprehensive outpatient facility including a a 24-hour emergency department, advanced imaging services, lab services, physical therapy and other offerings based on the needs of the community.
Planning for the Sentara Princess Anne Hospital will be accomplished in collaboration with medical staff and the community. Sentara anticipates breaking ground on the new hospital this year, with a projected opening date of late summer 2011.
The Sentara Obici Hospital application was approved for the addition of 30 medical/surgical beds to Obici through relocation of beds from Sentara Norfolk General Hospital.
In stating reasons for the application’s approval, the hearing officer’s report indicates that the Obici project is a reasonable, incremental means of responsibly addressing a facility-specific expression of public need. Furthermore, the project is consistent with the State Medical Facilities Plan.
Sentara Obici Hospital has been working with its physicians and staff on the facility design and intends to break ground on the new wing this summer. The new wing should be open to care for patients in early 2010.
The three applications submitted by Bon Secours Health System to develop new hospitals in southern Virginia Beach and northern Suffolk, and to develop a smaller replacement hospital on the current DePaul campus in Norfolk were denied.
Download the decision of the Deputy State Health Commissioner and the accompanying hearing officer report
(PDF file). 11/2008