, 2015

RGH to become part of Bon Secours

KILMARNOCK—The success of a clinical affiliation agreement between Bon Secours Virginia Health System and Rappahannock General Hospital (RGH) has led to a nonbinding letter of intent to complete a transaction pursuant to which RGH, including the hospital, its medical group and its foundation, would become part of the Bon Secours Virginia Health System, subject to applicable approvals.

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The two health care organizations entered into a clinical affiliation agreement two years ago in order to enhance clinical care and service accessibility for residents in the RGH service area, which includes Virginia’s Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula.

True to the goals of the clinical affiliation agreement, patients who utilized RGH saw clinical collaboration between the two organizations and improved access to health care in Kilmarnock and the surrounding communities, said Charlotte Perkins, performance management officer for Bon Secours Virginia. An expansion of RGH health services, recruitment of additional physicians to better meet the needs of the community and more training for RGH staff were also realized.

Throughout the clinical affiliation agreement, RGH remained an independent community-based hospital, said Perkins. The hospital is governed by a board of directors made up of local community leaders. The letter of intent contemplates a transaction in which RGH would operate as part of the Bon Secours Virginia Health System.

“Our relationship for the past two years has been focused on improving the health of the communities served by RGH,” said Peter J. Bernard, chief executive officer of Bon Secours Virginia. “We’ve seen increased services and better patient outcomes for Northern Neck residents. We have spent much time and resources understanding the community and assessing its health care needs. By making RGH a part of the Bon Secours Virginia Health System, our goal, in part, will be to keep the relationship with the community and local physicians strong and intact.”

“I am pleased that our patients and physicians will have the benefit of care provided as part of the Bon Secours Virginia Health System,” said James M. Holmes Jr., chief executive officer of Rappahannock General Hospital. “A health system the caliber of Bon Secours coming to the Northern Neck means great things for our community. I’m pleased that the leadership of Bon Secours has recognized the vitality of this community and I appreciate that they want to be part of it.”

Prior to signing the clinical affiliation agreement, RGH had approximately 100 physicians on its medical staff, said Perkins. Today, more than 140 physicians and specialists are part of the health system’s team. Bon Secours also has expanded its own services in the region, placing needed specialists in and around the hospital campus and recently establishing a home care agency in the Kilmarnock region.

“The community can expect a seamless transition,” said Bernard. “Our long-standing relationship with RGH has made a smooth transition possible; I credit the RGH leadership team and its commitment to making patients and the community their first priority.”

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