On Oct. 24, a ground breaking was held on the future site of the new VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital in South Hill, at 1755 North Mecklenburg Avenue. The new 166,700-square-foot facility will include 70 private patient rooms and baths, three operating room suites, a cesarean section suite and a 16-bay emergency department.
VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital CEO W. Scott Burnette welcomed guests to the event. “Today’s ground breaking is symbolic of the fulfillment of just one of the commitments that VCU Health made to our community last year, namely, the construction of a state-of-the-art hospital,” he said. “This facility will be a beacon of hope for all who are in need of care, and it will be an anchor for future economic development for this region.”
The Air Force JROTC then presented colors, and special guests were recognized. The ground breaking followed, after which, hospital officials unveiled a rendering of the new hospital.
Guests then enjoyed a concert by the Homegrown Bluegrass Band, health screenings and family-fun activities, including children’s bounce houses and hay rides.
The new hospital will be constructed on approximately 70 acres of land and is scheduled to open in late 2017.
ABOVE: VCU HEALTH HOSPITAL OFFICIALS UNVEILED A RENDERING OF THE NEW STATE-OF-THE-ART FACILITY THAT IS SCHEDULED TO OPEN IN LATE 2017. / TOP RIGHT: A BILLBOARD FOR THE HOSPITAL, WHICH WILL BE A 166,700-SQUARE-FOOT FACILITY THAT WILL FEATURE 70 PRIVATE PATIENT ROOMS. / BOTTOM RIGHT: VCU HEALTH CMH BREAKS GROUND FOR THE HOSPITAL. PICTURED (LEFT TO RIGHT): EARL HORNE, MAYOR OF SOUTH HILL; JOHN STRUNK, M.D., CHIEF OF STAFF, VCU HEALTH CMH; JOHN F. DUVAL, CEO, VCU HOSPITALS AND CLINICS; WAYNE PARRISH, CHAIRMAN, VCU HEALTH CMH BOARD OF DIRECTORS; W. SCOTT BURNETTE, CEO, VCU HEALTH CMH; LOIS WHITE, AUXILIARY PRESIDENT, VCU HEALTH CMH; AND MICHAEL RAO, PH.D., PRESIDENT, VCU AND VCU HEALTH SYSTEM.