Chatham Diagnostic Imaging Center
We appreciate the recommendation from the Virginia Division of Certificate of Public Need (DCOPN) to approve Danville Regional’s application to place a Computed Tomography (CT) scanner in Chatham, we accept the recommendation and are excited to establish a full-service advanced diagnostic imaging center in Chatham.
In a perfect world, all health care projects would be approved; but the Certificate of Public Need (COPN) process exists in Virginia to assure that appropriate access to needed services is provided as determined by the State Health Commissioner in accordance with law.
Danville Regional Medical Center (DRMC) has and always will be committed to serving all of Pittsylvania County - Gretna and Chatham included - and in fact, DRMC was the first to file a letter indicating intent to build a diagnostic imaging center with CT services in Chatham.
But, according to the COPN law that the State Health Commissioner is bound to enforce, excess capacity is detrimental to cost effectiveness and quality of health care services. Unfortunately, it is unlikely that the Gretna/Chatham area can support both projects that have been proposed.
We are concerned that the state’s staff report contains some inaccuracies and that there is incomplete information in the record. In short, Centra has failed to provide complete information to the state for review. We believe the Commissioner needs to give these projects her full attention and review.
A few of the inaccuracies within the report include:
- The staff report fails to recognize that DRMC is a teaching hospital that will be adversely impacted if the Centra project is approved as proposed.
- The staff report fails to award a preference as required, to the least costly and most efficient project.
- The staff report fails to consider how declining population in the area impacts the need.
- The staff report fails to request additional explanatory information from Centra about their projections and assumptions.
Public support about both projects is 100 percent clear, but the Commissioner’s review has to be based on the eight legal standards for need which apply to every project in the State of Virginia.
We believe that it is important to correct misleading information in the record as it now stands, and make sure that accurate information is provided to the Commissioner. Because of this, DRMC has asked for a closer review by the Commissioner called an informal fact finding conference. In fact, the IFFC was anticipated to occur all along. The Commissioner always makes the final decision on COPN projects like these and she is required by law to review a complete record.
In this case the IFFC date of February 4 has been scheduled for months. The IFFC becomes even more essential when substantial and material mistakes of fact or law are present in the staff report.
We will honestly and completely participate in that further review as we have done so far. Thanks to each of you who have demonstrated great support for our hospital and our comprehensive plan to expand access to diagnostic imaging in Pittsylvania County.
At Danville Regional Medical Center (DRMC), we are proud of our service to our community and continue to look for new ways to fulfill our mission of providing healthcare excellence close to home. At Danville Regional we treat those in need, but we also work to prevent illness. We are dedicated to educating our community on how to improve their quality of life. We host a variety of health care screenings, seminars and health fairs throughout our community that are designed to educate residents on how to prevent illnesses and help them lead healthier lives.
For more than 120 years, Danville Regional has been part of the community and has an active medical staff of approximately 160 members and employs over 1,300 associates. The hospital provides over 25 medical specialties and 14 surgical services to the community. Danville Regional has the largest, leading-edge surgical capacity with advanced capabilities (including 13 state-of-the art surgical suites), open-heart surgeries and other complicated procedures in the area, including those usually found only at large teaching hospitals.
For the past two years, Danville Regional has been hard at work implementing their Comprehensive Plan for the Region. Click through these pages to learn about all the projects that have been completed and are underway for our Region.
See what DRMC has been up to by using on the menu links located on the right!
Danville Regional Medical Center
142 South Main Street
Director, Community Relations
Danville Regional Medical Center
142 South Main Street, Danville VA 24541