Sentara BelleHarbour in Suffolk breaks ground on second medical building

A rendering of the new building set to be built at Sentara BelleHarbour. (Photo: Sentara)

SUFFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — The Sentara BelleHarbour campus in Suffolk broke ground on a second medical building Tuesday.

The current building at Sentara BelleHarbour. (Photo: Sentara)

The $34 million, 85,000 square foot building will feature an ambulatory surgery center with two operating rooms, an expanded emergency department, 14 observation beds for emergency and surgery patients, new medical office space and a helipad. The campus sees one or two helicopter pickups per month.

Construction is expected to be finished in late 2018.

The new four-story building will be built on what is now a parking lot in front of the current three-story building, which opened in 2008. The two buildings will be connected at the first floor level.

The expansion plan calls for the emergency department to grow from 17 beds to 23 or 24. Replacement parking will also be added to the campus.

“This new medical office building will help Sentara meet growing demand for services in North Suffolk,” President and CEO of Sentara Healthcare Howard P. Kern said at the event. “We want to build lifelong relationships with our patients and their families and providing access to care is one way we achieve that goal,” Kern said.

A master plan for Sentara BelleHarbour includes long-term potential for up to four medical office buildings, an urgent care center and a parking deck, depending on population growth and demand for services in the area.