Giving to bon secours DePaul medical center

John E. BarrettThe ministry of Bon Secours DePaul dates back to 1856, when twelve Daughters of Charity arrived in Norfolk to help those suffering and dying from the yellow fever epidemic. That inauspicious beginning is now a flourishing hospital with a deep-seated, healing Catholic ministry within the Hampton Roads region. In 1996, the Sisters of Bon Secours extended the Daughters of Charity ministry by assuming the sponsorship for DePaul. And the Bon Secours DePaul Health Foundation exemplifies that ministry.

As with most organizations in this economy, Bon Secours DePaul experienced several difficult years to get to the place of stability that currently exists. When I came to Bon Secours DePaul, our Emergency Department desperately needed renovating so that patients who were coming there could be cared for efficiently and compassionately. When the need was conveyed to the DePaul Health Foundation Board of Directors, they immediately stepped up to provide the money to remodel the Emergency Department. Now, it is a well-designed Emergency Department providing exceptional care to more than 40,000 patients a year.

In addition, the Foundation Board of Directors approved funding for Life Coaches in the Emergency Department to help uninsured and underinsured patients navigate the myriad of services available to them through city and community organizations. Life Coaches also assist patients in obtaining a medical home at Park Place Clinic. This unique program has significantly decreased the number of patients using the Emergency Department for primary care.

Whether it’s renovating a unit at DePaul, buying new medical equipment or helping to fund programs and services that are integral to the care of our patients and the survivability of Bon Secours DePaul, the Foundation and those who give to it play an integral role.

The DePaul Health Foundation Board of Directors and our donors have stepped up recently with a new Care-A-Van to provide medical care to residents who do not have easy access to medical care. With the Care-A-Van in our community, we can extend our mission of providing care.

My personal dream for the Foundation is that our patients, our contributors, our community and the Foundation’s board are all able to see a brand new DePaul that their kids and grandkids can go to for care for years to come.

John Barrett
CEO, DePaul Medical Center

HospiceFrom the outside, visitors see the many renovations taking place at Bon Secours DePaul Medical Center, but the hearts of its employees remain much the same as that of its founder Ann Plume Behan Herron. When Ms. Herron first opened her doors to those sick and dying from yellow fever more than 140 years ago, she began a tradition of compassion that we carry on today.

From Ms. Herron’s generosity — the gift of her home — and her partnership with the Daughters of Charity, to the engagement with the mission of the Sisters of Bon Secours who began administering the hospital in 1996, DePaul is rooted in giving Good Help to Those in Need®. With the acquisition of new equipment, construction of an updated Emergency Department, and the addition of the Care-A-Van mobile free clinic, Bon Secours DePaul and its employees are reaching out to the community with high quality health care and education.

A new extension of this compassion is the Life Coaches program. Created to help connect those coming to the emergency department for routine care with primary care physicians, two LPNs serve as a bridge for those who thought they had no other options. In the first year of the program, life coaches assisted 1,000 patients. The goal of Life Coaches is to serve the economically poor with respect and dignity and to improve access to primary care.

The commitment of the employees and volunteers of DePaul allows the medical center to make a difference to the members of the Norfolk community. This work is supported by the Bon Secours DePaul Foundation. Through the generosity of our donors, the Bon Secours DePaul Health Foundation allows DePaul to offer services to the community that might not otherwise exist.


Bon Secours DePaul Health Foundation
150 Kingsley Lane
Norfolk, VA 23505
(757) 889-5900