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Ribbon cut for Western Branch medical facility

Chesapeake representatives met with Bon Secours Medical Group leaders and staff to cut the ribbon on a new asset to the Western Branch community and other Hampton Roads patients.

The official opening of Bon Secours Taylor Road was celebrated on Wednesday, a few months after the soft opening for the 30,000-square-foot, top-of-the-line medical office space at 2613 Taylor Road.

The two-story building offers primary care, physical therapy and occupational medicine services near Chesapeake Square Mall. The InMotion Physical Therapy and Bon Secours Occupational Medicine practices were both relocated from Chesapeake Square.

Internists of Western Branch moved from Raintree Road, and Western Branch Family Practice came from Taylor Road. The offices combined to become Western Branch Primary Care.

“The big thing is trying to get our services to where the people are, instead of having people come to hospitals where it’s inconvenient,” said Mark Nantz, chief executive officer of Bon Secours Hampton Roads. “It’s about convenience for the patients and providing access to them where they live, and I think this location fits the bill on both counts.”

InMotion Physical Therapy occupied a little more than 2,000 square feet at Chesapeake Square, but now has 7,000 square feet to better serve its patients.

Patients also enjoy the convenience of short walks to further stages of treatment, such as those treated by Bon Secours Occupational Medicine, which served more than 6,000 Hampton Roads patients in fiscal year 2017, according to a December press release.

While Western Branch Primary Care treats the old and young on the second floor, occupational medicine and physical therapy is available in a short walk to the first floor. According to Rehab Manager Rachel Everett, the facility has received about 80 new patients monthly since its soft opening on Nov. 13.

“In the back of the doctor’s head upstairs, they know that we’re available and that they can get the patients to us a lot faster in order to get them started,” said Clinical Supervisor Roland Butler Jr. “The faster they’re able to get started, the faster their rehabilitation is.”

The new facility brings more exam rooms, state-of-the-art equipment, and the speed of shared medical charts between practices to better serve Western Branch residents.

“I’m very excited, and I know this community is very excited to see Bon Secours willing to invest their capital in a vibrant community that’s prime for further growth,” said Chesapeake Mayor Rick West. “I think it’s a good match between the investment that Bon Secours is putting in a place like this and how Western Branch is growing.”

Councilwoman Ella Ward said that there’s a substantial elderly population in Western Branch that will benefit from this investment. She also considered the influx of patients from neighboring cities.

“We’re right here at the hub,” Ward said, with easy drives to Portsmouth and Suffolk along with immediate interstate access. “I think we’re going to draw from Portsmouth and Suffolk, as well as the rest of Chesapeake, too.”