Bon Secours and RGH Sign Letter of Intent for RGH to Join the Bon Secours Virginia Health System

Bon Secours and Rappahannock General Hospital Sign Letter of Intent

for Rappahannock General Hospital to Join the Bon Secours Virginia Health System

Kilmarnock, VA (Feb. 13, 2014) – 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.

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. 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. 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, CEO 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., CEO 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. Today, more than 140 physicians and specialists are part of the health system’s team. Bon Secours has also 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.”



About Rappahannock General Hospital Rappahannock General Hospital

(RGH) is an independent, community owned, not-for-profit health care facility. RGH has consistently received national recognition for achievements in accordance with the Hospital mission “to provide quality, compassionate care to all patients in the most cost-effective manner.” RGH has more than 100 physicians on their medical staff. Rappahannock Health System is the umbrella organization that encompasses Rappahannock General Hospital, Chesapeake Medical Group and Rappahannock General Hospital Foundation.

Chesapeake Medical Group (CMG) consists of five family practice offices including, two urgent care centers and specialty offices including pediatrics, gynecology and general surgery with locations throughout the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula.

Rappahannock Health System employs almost 500 members of the local community, including 24 physicians. The Hospital is accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations.

About Bon Secours Virginia Health System

Bon Secours Virginia (BSV) is the fourth largest and only faith-based health system in Virginia. It is comprised of Bon Secours Richmond and Bon Secours Hampton Roads. Bon Secours Virginia includes seven award-winning hospitals: four in Richmond (St. Mary’s Hospital, Memorial Regional Medical Center, Richmond Community Hospital and St. Francis Medical Center) and three in Hampton Roads (Maryview Medical Center, DePaul Medical Center and Mary Immaculate Hospital). Bon Secours Virginia is part of the Bon Secours Health System, headquartered in Marriottsville, Md.

Bon Secours brings together a network of hospitals, primary care practices, ambulatory care sites and continuing care facilities to provide quality health care services to thousands of Virginians. The not-for-profit Catholic health system employs nearly 12,000 people, more than 7,000 in Richmond and 4,000 in Hampton Roads. Bon Secours Virginia hospitals offer a full-range of services including cardiac, women’s, children’s, orthopaedics, oncology, neurosciences, surgery.