Construction on Bon Secours St. Francis Watkins Centre in Chesterfield County is nearing the halfway mark, with the facility expected to open to patients on Nov. 1. The county’s newest 100,000-square-foot medical facility is located across from the Watkins Centre, a mixed-use project at the intersection of U.S. 60 and Route 288 in the northwest part of the county.
It will provide a freestanding emergency department, a diagnostic imaging center and a physician medical office building for primary care, obstetrics and gynecology and internal medicine practices. Phase two of the project, still under development, will expand the center’s total space to 200,000 square feet. Serving as general contractor is Whiting-Turner.
Hospital and county officials, who gathered Wednesday for a topping off and beam-signing ceremony, touted the economic significance of the project. It’s expected to create 150 new jobs and to serve the residential and commercial areas of Chesterfield, Powhatan, Amelia, Goochland and western Henrico Counties.
“The development of St. Francis Watkins Centre is an extension of the foundation laid in Chesterfield County nearly six years ago with St. Francis Medical Center,” Peter J. Bernard, CEO of Bon Secours Virginia, said in a statement. “We are pleased to be increasing access to emergency and ambulatory services for residents of this community and beyond.”
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