DRMC Cares: Comprehensive Plan
Free Standing Emergency Department | County Expansion Projects |
River District Project | New Clinic & Residency Program |
YMCA Outpatient Therapy Services
Danville Regional is moving forward with plans to place a free-standing emergency department within our community. This project is a significant investment on behalf of DRMC and LifePoint Hospitals® and will bring more than 20 new jobs to the region.
Our new free-standing emergency department will be located at 125 Executive Drive, in the space currently occupied by the Danville Orthopedic & Physical Therapy Clinic. The new facility will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and serve patients with all types of ailments, injuries and medical needs. Other features of our new free-standing emergency department include:
- 17,000 square foot facility
- 20 beds including triage, trauma, critical care, pediatric and bariatric care beds
- On-site imaging and clinical laboratory services
Patients with relatively minor injuries can be treated more quickly at the new free-standing emergency department, while patients with serious problems can be stabilized and then transferred for admission. Construction on the new facility is expected to begin mid-2013 and take approximately 9 months to complete.
The opening of our new free-standing emergency department will provide our community more options to seek urgent and emergent care when they need it.
DRMC is proceeding with plans to expand and enhance services in Pittsylvania County.
Chatham - Recently DRMC filed a letter of intent with the State of Virginia to place a 16-slice Computed Tomography (CT) scanner at 19144 US Highway 29 North, Chatham, which is the location of Dr. Minesh Shah and Chatham Family Medical Center, and also Danville Dental Associates.
Working closely with Dr. Shah, we believe placing a new CT scanner within Chatham Family Medical Center will expand access to care, so that diagnostic imaging is closer and available to all residents of Pittsylvania County.
This is a major investment (approximately $1.5 million) on behalf of DRMC and LifePoint Hospitals® and will potentially add 5 – 10 new jobs to the Chatham area.
In addition to a new CT scanner, digital x-ray, and ultrasound technology, DRMC plans to upgrade the façade of the current Chatham Family Medical Center building, as well as make interior renovations. The project also calls for the facility to have extended evening and weekend hours and provide specialty services such as cardiology, obstetrics and gynecology (to be provided by rotating specialists).
Brosville - Family Healthcare Center opened last year and serves all of your family practices needs with convenient extended hours, no appointment necessary. Dr. Steven Bridges and Linda Morrill, FNP are the providers at th clinic located at 10390 Martinsville Highway. The Brosville clinic is proving to be well utilized. Patients can use the clinics for needed immunizations, sports physicals or emergencies like cuts rather than using the DRMC Emergency Department. Most importantly, a nearby clinics help patients establish relationships with their neighborhood doctors.
Mount Hermon - Family Healthcare Center will open this fall. The Family Health Center-Mount Hermon would be a walk-in clinic treating everyone from newborns to the elderly for either check-ups or sick visits. The 4,245-square-foot clinic would house eight exam rooms and on-site X-ray and lab testing. Danville Regional will hire nine additional staff members, including a full-time physician, nurse practitioner or physician assistant and nurses, a lab and radiologic technician and office coordinator. This will be Danville Regional’s third clinic in Pittsylvania County. Last year, it opened a clinic in Brosville and has operated a clinic in Gretna. The new clinics resulted from the hospital board’s strategic plan with consultation from the medical staff.
Gretna - Danville Regional is also moving forward with plans to expand services in the Gretna area. Currently the hospital is working with the Ramsey Memorial Medical Center Board in replacing our Family Healthcare Center (FHC) in Gretna, which is located in the current Ramsey Memorial Medical Center building.
Plans call for the FHC-Gretna facility to be rebuilt on its current site. Once complete, the new facility will provide 4,500 square feet of space, with an additional 600 square feet for health education and other community activities. The new facility will also offer extended evening and weekend hours.
In addition, Danville Regional is working to recruit a new family practice physician to FHC-Gretna, who will provide patient services along with Karen Wilkinson, Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) and Ada Allen, Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP).
Dr. Randolph Duffer, a long time Gretna area physician, is working with Danville Regional to ensure a seamless transition of services and continuity of care during the completion of the project.
DRMC has a long history, more than 20 years, of providing care to the Gretna community; and is excited at the opportunity to expand health services for all citizens of Pittsylvania County.
Also underway are development of a Ringgold Clinic and Caswell County health and wellness programs.
Officials at Danville Regional Medical Center (DRMC) and LifePoint Hospitals® have announced that it plans to acquire the second floor of the former Dan River Research Building, which will serve the Dan River Region as an Accountable Care or ACO Hub, providing the community convenient access to a wide variety of health services. This acquisition represents a $4.2 million dollar investment by DRMC and LifePoint Hospitals®.
“Danville Regional is committed to providing the highest level of quality care for our patients and our community,” said Eric Deaton, DRMC Chief Executive Officer. “We see this acquisition as a great beginning for further development and collaborations between DRMC, the medical community and the City’s economic development initiatives.”
Once complete, DRMC’s new facility will add approximately 23,350 square feet of space to assist in the recruitment and placement of physician offices. The facility will be home to primary care and physician specialists, as well as new outpatient service lines.
Other benefits of the new facility include:
- Access to convenient and necessary medical care.
- Close proximity to the new Danville Family YMCA (which will house DRMC Outpatient Therapy Services – approximately 0.2 miles).
- Close proximity to Averett University’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program (which will allow for a ‘team approach’ learning environment with nurses and physicians learning together).
- Close proximity to DRMC (located approximately one mile from main hospital).
“As DRMC continues to grow services and add new physician practices, the need for additional space has become urgent”’ said Dr. Saria Saccocio, DRMC’s Chief Medical Officer. “This new facility will assist us in ensuring access to a variety of high level, quality health services to our community.”
ABOUT ACCOUNTABLE CARE ORGANIZATIONS (ACO’s)
Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) are teams of physicians, hospitals, and other health care providers, who partner voluntarily to ensure safe, high quality care for patients; and to proactively manage care (across the continuum) for those who are chronically ill.
- Piedmont Surgery - Dr. Tom Boro, Dr. Robert Honea and Dr. Aaron Haigh have joined together and created a partnership with the Duke Private Diagnostic Center (PDC), providing general surgical services to our community. This is our 2nd Duke clinic.
- Danville Regional’s Internal Medicine Residency Program was recently awarded a five‐year accreditation from the American Osteopathic Association (AOA). The program now has 46 residents, which represent a $6.5 million dollar impact to the Dan River Region economy.
Officials at Danville Regional and the Danville Family YMCA announced recently an expanded partnership between the two organizations, which will result in relocation of DRMC outpatient therapy services (physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy) and phase III cardiac rehab services to the new YMCA facility (Wellness Center) once construction is complete.
Patients being cared for at the new Wellness Center will have access to certified and trained staff that will focus on helping patients to make a seamless transition from hospital and inpatient rehabilitation services, to wellness programs offer ed at the YMCA.
“This is a great benefit for our patients, families and our community as a whole,” said Eric Deaton, Chief Executive Officer of DRMC. “When considering the health of our community, wellness and prevention is extremely important. DRMC is committed to helping to educate and provide our community with resources and information they need to live healthier.”
In 2010, Danville Regional Medical Center (DRMC) and LifePoint pledged a combined donation of $500,000 towards the building of the new YMCA. The gift secured the naming of the Health and Wellness Center to be located in the new YMCA, tentatively named the Danville Regional Health & Wellness Center. DRMC’s initial commitment to this expanded partnership includes a fifteen‐year lease, which is renewable in five‐year increments. This commitment is in addition to the $500,000 donation made in 2010 and demonstrates a tangible investment to the Dan River Community.
“We are so thankful to Danville Regional which has been an awesome partner to the YMCA for more than a decade,” said Sarah Folmer, Chief Executive Officer of the Danville Family YMCA. “The YMCA has three major focuses: youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. This new partnership is so important in helping us to carry out our mission and ensure that we are taking care of our community.”
Physical aspects of the new Wellness Center include:
- 2500 square feet of space
- Central patient therapy area
- Four (4) examination rooms
- Aquatics and other office areas
- Stretching area
- Fitness testing area
- Reception area
- Storage space