Bon Secours breaks ground on building

Published 10:32 pm Monday, December 12, 2016

Bon Secours broke ground Monday on a new medical plaza on Taylor Road in Chesapeake.

The two-story, 30,000-square-foot medical facility will include primary care and physical therapy services. It is expected to be fully open this summer.

“I think this is a great opportunity for Bon Secours to continue to expand our ministry,” Michael Kerner, chief executive officer for Bon Secours Hampton Roads Health System. “We see this as a growing area.”

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Kerner said the system has been looking at the area as a place to expand for a long time.

The new building will feature an InMotion Physical Therapy office, which will relocated to the first floor from Chesapeake Square. Two primary care practices — Internists of Western Branch and Western Branch Family Practice — will relocate to the second floor. They are currently located on Raintree Road and Taylor Road, respectively.

Julie Kosiorek, administrative director for Bon Secours InMotion Physical Therapy, said the expansion will help patients in need of sports medicine as well as rehabilitation services after surgery.

“We are really, really excited about the opportunity this new building is prepared to provide us,” she said during Monday’s groundbreaking ceremony.

The expanded practice will be especially useful as Baby Boomers continue to age yet want to stay active, she said. Aiding recovery from joint replacement surgery is a common service for InMotion.

Kerner said the growth in the practices that will be moving, as well as general growth in the Western Branch area, encouraged Bon Secours to open the new building. Expanding the practices eventually will bring from 5 to 10 additional jobs, he added.

Chesapeake Vice Mayor Richard West said during the groundbreaking that the projects is needed.

“These kinds of facilities are going to be a vital part of our lives,” he said. His wife is in the medical field, he added, so “I know how important it is to have convenient medical services.”

The project represents a $12.5-million investment by Robinson Development Group. A 5,600-square-foot retail building also will be built as part of the project.