Posted by Shawn Maclauchlan
HENRICO, VA (WWBT) - In the days of layoffs and bankruptcies, one company is actually expanding.
Those in charge of Henrico Doctors' hospital say Monday's new addition opening is just the first phase of a much needed project.
Five years ago, leadership decided they had outgrown the facilities. The first phase of what has become a $100 million expansion is set to open Monday.
An emergency room doubled in size, an ambulatory surgery center and a heart pavilion with critical care units. These are all things CEO Patrick Farrell says are necessary to meet the needs of the community.
"We have growing health care needs with the aging of the population so we need to grow to meet those demands," said Farrell.
One of those demands will be met with the first office opening Monday - Virginia Cardiovascular Specialists - a "one stop shop" for heart patients.
"We can make the best treatment options if we make good diagnosis," said Virginia Cardiovascular Specialist Dr. Shelton Thomas. "With accurate diagnostic testing we are better able to serve our patient's needs, diagnose their conditions and treat them better."
In this economic crisis, healthcare is one of the few industries actually experiencing growth. For Henrico Doctors, Farrell said the lack of physical space was the only thing limiting that expansion.
"Our job is to provide outstanding health care to our community but we also see ourselves as a major employer and really an economic engine," said Farrell. "We have a lot of contractors out here, a lot of construction workers, of course our physician practices continue to grow and the hospital continues to grow."
Contractors expect the final phase of the expansion to be complete by the end of 2010.
The two year project, which is funded through parent company Hospital Corporation of America, will make the facility twenty percent larger.