Bon Secours Breaks Ground for Watkins Centre

New Facility to open in late 2011

Chesterfield County residents soon will have access to more quality care closer to home. On Dec. 10, a group of Bon Secours, political, business and community leaders broke ground for the area’s newest health-care facility, the Bon Secours St. Francis Watkins Centre.

The facility will include the area’s only freestanding emergency department, as well as an imaging center and physician office space. It is located at the intersection of Route 288 and Midlothian Turnpike, 4.5 miles from Bon Secours St. Francis Medical Center.

“This will be Central Virginia’s only free-standing emergency department with 24-hour-a-day, seven days-a-week, full-service imaging [and] physician services including family medicine, pediatrics, women’s services and oncology,” said Bon Secours Virginia CEO Peter J. Bernard.


A boon for the community

In addition to world-class health care for residents, the Bon Secours Watkins Centre project will bring 150 new jobs, capital investment and ambulatory services. Chesterfield County officials say the area is one of the fastest-growing in the region; the facility will serve large residential and commercial areas in northwest Chesterfield and the populations of Powhatan, Amelia, Goochland and western Henrico counties.

“I believe projects like this really are the future of health care in America,” said Virginia Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling, who was on hand for the groundbreaking ceremony. “It is just an honor for me to be here today and participate in this event. I’ve had the privilege of working with this organization over the years in a number of capacities.”


Construction in two phases

Phase I of the project consists of 100,000 square feet of space that includes a freestanding emergency department, a comprehensive diagnostic imaging center and a physician medical office building that will house primary care, obstetrics and gynecology and internal medicine physician practices. It is scheduled to be completed in late 2011.  Plans for Phase II are still being developed, but when completed, the total campus will consist of some 200,000 square feet.

“Bon Secours brings a level of quality to a development like this that’s irreplaceable, and we appreciate that,” said Sen. John Watkins, R-10 “The kind of care that takes place at a Bon Secours organization is felt in this entire Richmond metropolitan area, and I am particularly proud to be apart of it.”