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Bon Secours expands hospital network, acquiring three Virginia facilities as of January 1st

Southside Regional Medical Center, Southampton Memorial Hospital, and Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center are now part of Bon Secours Mercy Health.

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Bon Secours Mercy Health, one of the 20 largest health systems in the nation and the fifth-largest Catholic health system in the U.S., has acquired through an asset purchase agreement, affiliates of Community Health Systems, Inc. (CHS), transitioning ownership of Southside Regional Medical Center, Southampton Memorial Hospital and Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center to Bon Secours Mercy Health. The deal was effective as of January 1st.

The three hospitals are now part of Bon Secours’ network, expanding the health system’s network of care to the communities in southeastern Virginia.

“Today, in celebrations at each hospital, we welcome Southside Regional Medical Center, Southampton Memorial Hospital and Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center into our compassionate ministry,” said John Starcher, Bon Secours Mercy Health president and CEO. “Southeastern Virginia is a rapidly growing area, and we look forward to continuing to invest in the health and well-being of area residents while ensuring our facilities are places where associates want to work, clinicians want to practice, people seek wellness and communities thrive.”

Clinical and operations leaders began working together this fall, to create a seamless transition of care delivery, keeping the patient at the center of all care and services provided. The three facilities will join the Catholic tradition of Bon Secours Mercy Health, continuing to provide quality compassionate care to patients of all faiths and traditions.

The acquisition unites the complementary strengths of each facility with the best practices and strong foundation of a regional health system for the benefit of the community. Together, the teams are focused on creating a leading health care system across Virginia, achieving economies of scale and enhancing access for growing populations. The three hospitals are part of the Bon Secours Mercy Health Atlantic Group. Southside Regional Medical Center and Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center are in the Richmond market, and Southampton Memorial Hospital is now part of the Hampton Roads market.

“I am excited Southside Regional Medical Center and Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center have joined the Richmond market,” said Faraaz Yousuf, president of Bon Secours Richmond market.  “Our ministry is known for its ability to sustain and enhance medical services in a variety of communities, and I look forward to finding synergies and working with our new associates to serve the communities of Petersburg and Emporia, Virginia.”

This expansion comes two months after the system announced its intent to acquire the three hospitals and their assets. All active associates in good standing at Southside Regional Medical Center, Southampton Memorial Hospital and Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center have joined Bon Secours Mercy Health and have worked closely with leaders to ensure a smooth transition. Bon Secours Mercy Health leaders have been on site over the past 60 days to help transition associates into the health system, sharing information about Mission, vision, core culture behaviors, identifying best practices and opportunities, and clarifying next steps.

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Tom Leonard’s Farmer’s Market planning to double size of Short Pump store

Construction on an expansion of the locally-owned store should commence this Spring.

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From the Richmond Times-Dispatch:

Tom Leonard’s Farmer’s Market, which has operated in western Henrico County since 2004, is getting bigger.

The 15,000-square-foot market will nearly double in size when the store expansion project is completed later this year, owner Tom Leonard said.

Construction should begin late in the spring.

The expansion will take over the tented area to the left of the store – where pumpkins and Christmas trees are typically sold.

The added space will enable the market, off Tom Leonard Drive, to expand and move its bakery and deli departments into the new space. The bakery will be able to make fresh-boiled bagels – “the way they do them in New York,” Leonard said.

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Richmond-based company launching digital TV streaming network today with event at VMHC

Richmond-based Soulidifly Productions will launch the new streaming TV network today and is throwing a launch party tonight in celebration.

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Richmond based Soulidifly Productions is launching a new digital TV streaming network today known as SoulVision.TV. The new network will feature over 200 hours of “authentic, positive, and often untold human stories shown in feature films and movies, TV shows, news, interviews, cartoons, and more,” according to a news release.

The network will be accessible from all devices including all leading streaming platforms – Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire – and on all mobile platforms, tablets and other devices including smart TVs and home computers.

Entertainers Cecily, Carla Jackson, JJ Squire, and vocalist Imani Waters will headline an event this evening at the Virginia Museum of History and Culture ahead of the network’s launch.

The event takes place beginning at 6:30 PM at the museum at 428 N. Arthur Ashe Boulevard. Tickets are $20; $10 for students. Attendees can also get complimentary tickets by entering code “SVTV” on the ticketing page.

Learn more and get tickets here and check out a preview of the new network below.

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Henrico clears the way for redevelopment of Azalea Mall, Virginia Center Commons sites

Two derelict properties in the Northside of town will soon have new life breathed into them as Henrico greenlit their redevelopment Tuesday.

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As Henrico County officials are preparing for the redevelopment of Virginia Center Commons with a public arena, the operators of a senior living community are ready to expand on top of land where another county mall was demolished in 1999.

On Tuesday, the Henrico Board of Supervisors approved zoning and permit changes to let Westminster Canterbury of Richmond expand its continuing-care retirement community over part of the lot where Azalea Mall once stood. The board also voted to authorize the use of $50 million to build an indoor sports arena at Virginia Center Commons.

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