VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — A 14-bed, $35 million expansion has been planned for Sentara Princess Anne Hospital in Virginia Beach.
Sentara says the expansion will add 14 medical or surgical inpatient beds to the hospital. It would add two stories on top of an existing patient tower.
“We have outgrown the 160 beds,” said Sentara Princess Anne Hospital President, Dr. Thomas Thames. “We’ve held as many as 27 patients in the emergency room awaiting a new bed free upstairs,” he added.
The hospital says it has applied to the Virginia Department of Health for a Certificate of Public Need for the expansion.
Nine of the planned 14 beds would come from other Sentara Hospitals, with the remaining five coming from Bon Secours DePaul Medical Center in Norfolk.
The planned expansion would raise the number of beds at the hospital to 174, with the potential for adding 10 more at a future date.
“We are in the growth corridor we can anticipate, perhaps within another five years, the need to expand again to meet those needs,” said Thames.
If the state approves the application Sentara hopes to begin the building process in February with a target date for completion of March 2018.