VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – Sentara Princess Anne Hospital is planning for a 14 inpatient medical/surgical bed expansion.
The project, which will cost around $35 million, will add two stories on top of an existing patient tower. Part of the added space will be saved for future uses to be determined, but nine licensed beds will be transferred from other Sentara hospitals and five will be transferred from Bon Secours DePaul Medical Center in Norfolk.
Sentara Princess Anne opened in August 2011 with 160 beds. From January to May, the hospital had a medical/surgical occupancy rate of over 88 percent, exceeding Virginia’s recommended occupancy rate of 80 percent.
The high occupancy rates create issues when patients need to be admitted, thus the need for additional beds. The transferred beds will bring the total to 174.