Bon Secours inaugurates the East End office for behavioral health services

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Bon Secours is building a 25,000 square foot, two-story medical practice focused primarily on behavioral health services. (Images courtesy of Bon Secours)

A years-old Bon Secours project in the East End is moving forward.

The health system on Tuesday broke ground on a two-story, 25,000-square-foot medical office building to be built on a triangle-shaped lot across from the Sarah Garland Jones Center for Healthy Living at 2600 Nine Mile Road.

The future office will be used primarily to provide behavioral health services as an extension of the nearby Bon Secours Richmond Community Hospital. Construction is expected to be completed this year, with the facility expected to be operational in early 2023.

Baskervill is the project architect and Gilbane is the general contractor.

The facility will include a partial hospitalization program for adolescents and adults with behavioral health or substance abuse issues, as well as a behavioral health teleconsultation call center.

The building will also house palliative care and the future headquarters of the Instructive Visiting Nurse Association, a home care group affiliated with Bon Secours.

“The (new facility) will have new, enhanced and expanded behavioral health services that complement the programs already provided at our hospital,” Richmond Community Hospital Chief Operating Officer Joey Trapani said during a revolutionary event held on Tuesday.

The project was driven by local respondents expressing a desire for such medical care in the East End during community surveys conducted by Bon Secours, Trapani said.

“A vital area of ​​constant focus that comes up in every conversation and every piece of analysis we have in this community is the need for enhanced behavioral health care services,” he said.

Local leaders and Bon Secours officials take part in a groundbreaking ceremony for the health system’s new medical practice in the East End on Tuesday.

City Council President Cynthia Newbille, Bon Secours Richmond Market President Faraaz Yousuf and Reverend Sylvester Smith were among the speakers at the event.

The new office is the main element of the East End component of the 2013 performance agreement between the health system and the Richmond Economic Development Authority.

This deal also involved what became the Washington Commanders Summer Training Center near Scott’s Addition and the former Westhampton School property at Libbie and Pattersno Avenues.

The East End facility is expected to cost $11.5 million, exceeding the investment target of $8.5 million for the East End office building under the performance agreement, Trapani said in an interview after his remarks.

The facility is expected to have 75 full-time employees, and about half of them are expected to be new hires, Trapani said.

The new office will rise across from the Sarah Garland Jones Center for Healthy Living, a $1.7 million facility that opened in 2017. The center, which will share its address with the upcoming new office building, was previously called Parsley’s Center for Healthy Communities.

The office will be built at 1400 N. 27th St. and 1401 N. 26th St., parcels owned by Bon Secours that total just over an acre, according to the city’s online land records.

Richmond Community Hospital is 151,000 square feet in size and has 104 beds.

Bon Secours Richmond is the regional arm of Bon Secours Mercy Health, which is one of the nation’s 20 largest health systems with operations in seven states.

Bon Secours has more than 9,000 employees in its Richmond market and operates St. Mary’s Hospital, St. Francis Medical Center, Memorial Regional Medical Center, Southside Medical Center, Short Pump Emergency Center, Southside Urgent Care Center, Southern Virginia Medical Center, Westchester Center Emergency Center and Rappahannock General Hospital.

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