Bon Secours leaders joined together today to break ground on a renovation and expansion project for Bon Secours Rappahannock General Hospital. The renovation and expansion totaling 35,069 square feet will most notably include a major overhaul of the emergency department bringing it from an 8-bed semi-private unit to a 10-bed unit with private rooms.

When treating patients in the emergency department, privacy is key. Whether a patient needs to be isolated while experiencing a mental health crisis, or they need to be isolated to rule out an infectious disease, having private rooms within the unit will help protect and preserve the well-being of not only our patients, but our staff and the community as a whole. 

“Bon Secours remains committed to serving the health care needs of the residents of the Northern Neck, and we are excited to break ground and celebrate this exciting milestone today,” said Alan Bailey, vice president administrator, Bon Secours Rappahannock General Hospital. “This renovation and expansion will allow for an overall improved experience for every patient, visitor, staff and community member who walks through our doors, and we can’t wait to get started.”

The project will total more than 35,000 square feet including a 910 square foot expansion, and the renovation of 34,159 square feet of existing space. With this renovation, the emergency department will become the hospital’s main entrance, ensuring that those needing care will be able to quickly connect with help and answers upon entering the facility. The new construction will include a dining area as well as a main entrance and emergency entrance canopies, and, in addition to an expanded emergency department, the remaining renovation of existing space will include a new kitchen, main entrance and lobby and an expanded registration check-in area. 

Bon Secours also announced a $15 million philanthropic goal to provide the funding needed to complete the renovation and expansion of the hospital called The Campaign for Rappahannock General Hospital. Thanks to two generous bequests from the estates of Marvin Camp and Faye Hannum, the Campaign is more than 75% toward the total fundraising goal.

“Our community understands the importance of this hospital to this region’s medical and economic health,” said Jimmie Carter, former Bon Secours Rappahannock General Hospital Board Member. “I am proud of the significant support that has been given by Mr. Camp and Mrs. Hannum who both wanted to be a part of something transformational for this community.”  

The celebratory groundbreaking ceremony concluded with a traditional “blessing of the grounds.” Construction is expected to be complete in Q4 of 2022.