RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU broke ground on its inpatient hospital Saturday morning.
Construction of the $350 million facility will now begin. The goal is to have an entire city block dedicated to the care of children.
The hospital will replace existing inpatient unit beds and consolidate inpatient and emergency care to one location, adjacent to the outpatient Children’s Pavilion on the VCU Medical Center campus.
CHoR said the new hospital plans to address the needs of the community and the state, becoming a destination for children and their families seeking exceptional health care as well as a destination for research and educational opportunities.
The Children’s Hospital Foundation said it will conduct a $100 million capital campaign to support the construction of the hospital. The foundation announced that it will match the first $25 million in gifts from the community.
More than 250 community members, hospital employees, donors and state lawmakers celebrated the groundbreaking. Among them were U.S. Sen. Mark Warner and Daniel Carey, M.D., Virginia secretary of health and human resources.
“Children are our most precious resource, and deserve a state-of-the-art facility that provides the highest level of care,” Carey said. “I am grateful Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU is focused on providing that for the children of Central Virginia.”
Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney also attended.
“I want to thank VCU for ensuring that no matter how much money may be in the family’s pocket or the color of their skin or where they may live they can live that high quality of life right here,” Stoney said. “In the Commonwealth of Virginia.”
The 500,000-square-foot facility is set to open at the end of 2022. It will house trauma and emergency care including 86 private rooms for acute and intensive care.
Family amenities include playrooms, performance spaces, Ronald McDonald House Charities rooms and outdoor gardens; and spaces for collaboration and education.
“Our vision is to be a top children’s hospital by 2022,” said Marsha D. Rappley, M.D., CEO of VCU Health System and senior vice president for health sciences. “All children of all communities deserve world-class care in a warm and welcoming environment. This beautiful new facility designed in partnership with our community puts children and their families at the center. It is the first important step in our pathway to being a top children’s hospital.”
The new hospital will be located on the site of the former Children’s Pavilion building on East Marshall Street, between 10th and 11th streets. The 16-story building will include four levels of below-ground parking.