The public will have a chance to chime in Thursday night on the future of a VCU children's hospital proposed for the Richmond area.
Concern has focused on whether children are already served by existing healthcare facilities, or if resources should be shifted to building a new hospital specifically for children.
A new Outpatient Children's Pavilion at VCU is currently under construction, but there is a growing group of pediatricians who say a free standing independent children's hospital would be the best way to care for local kids.
The Strategic Advisory Committee to Consider a Freestanding Children's Hospital will meet at the Westin Richmond, 6631 West Broad Street, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
A group of 250 pediatricians and community activists called PACKids wants a new hospital, not controlled by VCU, Bon Secours or HCA. Others think there are already excellent facilities for child healthcare across the region. Critics contend if a new hospital is built, child care units could be forced to drawn down so there will be enough business for the new hospital.
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