Bon Secours Virginia Health System announced today that the Virginia Department of Health’s Division of COPN has issued a staff report recommending conditional approval for a certificate of public need (COPN) to relocate the radiation therapy services currently on the campus of Bon Secours Maryview Medical Center to establish a comprehensive cancer center. The new Bon Secours Cancer Institute at Harbour View, located 6 miles west of Bon Secours Maryview, will be located in a new medical office building to be established on the campus of Bon Secours Health Center at Harbour View.
“We are pleased that the staff report has recommended approval of our plans to build a comprehensive cancer center on the Bon Secours Harbour View campus,” said Michael K. Kerner, CEO, Bon Secours Hampton Roads Health System. “With cancer incident rates in Western Hampton Roads significantly higher than our state and national rates, we know that bringing all these services into one location will allow us to improve access to care and to better serve our community.”
The 31,500 square foot, $10 million institute will be home to a radiation therapy center that will include to a Varian True Beam linear accelerator and a 16-slice wide-bore CT scanner for simulation treatment planning in conjunction with radiation therapy. In addition to radiation therapy services, the new center will co-locate supportive services, such as a resource center, an appearance center, educational space, and complementary services such as clinics, infusion centers, etc. The project will take approximately 18-24 months to complete, the health system hopes to have the Cancer Institute operational in mid-2013.
The condition is a minimum level of charity care of 4% of gross patient service revenues derived from all Bon Secours Hampton Roads entities. This condition is applied to all COPNs issued to Bon Secours Hampton Roads. The COPN process allows for four days for petition for good cause. If none are presented the commissioner will review the document and issue a final decision.