Bon Secours Virginia Health System celebrated the opening of the Bon Secours Freedom Healthcare Associates in the newly renovated Freedom Support Center, located at 32 W. Washington Street in Petersburg today. The new medical center, designed to meet the medical needs of active and retired military personnel and their families, marks the health system’s first primary care presence in Petersburg and the Tri-Cities region.
[Terry McAuliffe, Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia], noted that the new medical center represents a significant milestone for the region, which is home to thousands of military personnel, both active and retired, their families and the community at large. “This forward-thinking initiative to offer more health care services to the Petersburg community is the culmination of a collaborative vision by the City of Petersburg, Ft Lee and Bon Secours, along with other local, state and federal partners. Expanding access to quality and affordable health care is central to my vision for a new Virginia economy, and that effort should begin with Virginians who serve and sacrifice to keep our nation safe,” said Governor McAuliffe.
“The brave men and women in our Armed Forces perform best when they know their loved ones are being well cared for back home,” said James Dunn, vice president for advocacy and community affairs, Bon Secours Richmond Health System. “And when they return home from defending our country and freedoms, they deserve the best possible health care. Bon Secours Freedom Healthcare Associates is an extension of our mission to serve those in need and to build healthy communities.”
Construction and renovation of the Freedom Support Center and the 5,000-square-foot facility for the new medical practice began in September. Bon Secours Freedom Healthcare Associates will include primary care physicians, specialists, preventive care, chronic disease management programs and nutrition and health education programs, such as healthy cooking classes for families.
“We are pleased to partner with and to welcome Bon Secours Virginia to Petersburg. We are thrilled about the new health care services Bon Secours will offer soldiers, veterans and their families in the Petersburg and Fort Lee communities at this facility,” said Brian A. Moore, Mayor of Petersburg. “Because of the great leadership in the community and vision for this center, we have been able to bring invaluable partners to the table and make this center a resource for our military community”
The Freedom Support Center is an extension of the Serving Our Service Members’ Families (SOS) Program. It is designed to be a one-stop resource center for military personnel, veterans and their families offering customized wrap-around services from vetted providers to help with sustainment of employment, housing, mental health, health care and finances.
For more information on City of Petersburg services and programs, please visit www.petersburgva.gov.
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About Bon Secours Virginia Health System
Bon Secours Virginia provides good help to thousands of Virginians through a network of hospitals, primary and specialty care practices, ambulatory care sites and continuing care facilities across the Commonwealth. The not-for-profit health system employs about 12,000 people, including nearly 650 physicians as part of the Bon Secours Medical Group.
The fourth largest and only faith-based health system in Virginia, Bon Secours Virginia offers a full range of services including cardiac, women’s, children’s, orthopaedics, oncology, neurosciences and surgery at seven award-winning hospitals.
• Bon Secours Richmond is St. Mary’s Hospital, Memorial Regional Medical Center, Richmond Community Hospital and St. Francis Medical Center.
• Bon Secours Hampton Roads is Maryview Medical Center, DePaul Medical Center and Mary Immaculate Hospital.
About Bon Secours Virginia Health Care Foundation
The Bon Secours Virginia Health Care Foundation raises charitable funds to help Bon Secours Virginia Health System address the community’s growing health care needs with compassion and excellence. Through charitable support, we are dedicated to helping create healthy communities, advancing clinical innovation and providing an extraordinary experience of care. For more information on giving, visit www.bsvaf.org.