Bon Secours plans to expand its Suffolk hospital by adding inpatient services to support the growing Western Hampton Roads community. Bon Secours filed a Certificate of Public Need (COPN) request to increase bed capacity at Harbour View Hospital through the relocation of up to 36 acute care beds, including up to 12 obstetrical/gynecological beds and neonatal services, up to eight intensive care beds, and up to 16 medical/surgical beds. The expansion is projected to be nearly 67,000 gross square feet and increases the project’s original scope, which was approved by the state in December 2018.

“Since 1999, when the Bon Secours Health Center at Harbour View was built, Bon Secours has been committed to finding innovative ways of serving the growing health care needs of the Western Hampton Roads community,” said Kate Brinn, president, Bon Secours Maryview Medical Center and Bon Secours Harbour View Medical Campus. “This expansion would help us meet the growing demand for inpatient services and allow for more flexibility in patient placement, bring much needed obstetrical services to the area and ensure that we are prepared to handle any potential surge in patient volume well into the future.” 

The proposed expansion responds to an increased need for inpatient beds for patients requiring medical, surgical, obstetrical and intensive care, stemming in part from increased population growth, recent changes in the market and key learnings from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The bed expansion, which would increase Harbour View Hospital’s licensed capacity to up to 54 total beds, would involve the following:

  • add up to 12 obstetrical/gynecological beds and neonatal services
  • add up to eight intensive care beds
  • expand medical/surgical beds from 18 to up to 34 beds
  • continue plans for four general purpose operating rooms

In addition to adding up to 36 beds, Bon Secours also plans to relocate the Harbour View Emergency Department. Plans also include adding a full kitchen and dining area, sterile processing, and a nursery and c-section room, as well as expanding other support services which may include waiting rooms and registration. By including this expansion work in our current design and build, Bon Secours will bring additional health care services closer to the patients who need them and provide a better inpatient experience to the Suffolk and Western Hampton Roads communities. 

As part of the COPN process, Bon Secours is encouraging the community to share letters and comments of support for this expansion. Community members who wish to share their experiences and support for the project are asked to please address your letter to:

Kate Brinn, president, Bon Secours Maryview Medical Center and Harbour View Medical Campus, Maryview Medical Center, Administration
3636 High Street, Portsmouth, VA 23707.

An email copy of letters may also be emailed to or with Subject Line: Letter of Support for COPN VA-8520 (please note the “_” between first and last name).

For more information, including how to participate in the online petition for this project, visit