Bon Secours Southampton Medical Center celebrates chapel opening

Published 12:54 pm Friday, February 25, 2022

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Bon Secours leaders, board members and members of Franklin-Southampton Charities joined together recently to mark the grand opening of a new chapel at Bon Secours Southampton Medical Center. 

A Bon Secours press release continued by stating that the Most Rev. Barry C. Knestout, bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Richmond, performed a special blessing in the space as leaders and associates gathered and shared gratitude and remarks at the grand opening celebration.

The most attractive feature of the chapel is the beautiful stained glass that was custom designed to represent the four seasons as well as the three rivers that run through the Franklin community. 

The space will be used for prayerful reflection for inpatients and visitors, services for East Pavilion residents, and as needed for any other spiritual needs patients or associates may have. The chapel has three sets of pews, can seat up to 30 people at one time and has space to accommodate both inpatient beds and wheelchairs.

“We are grateful for the generous support of Franklin-Southampton Charities for making this chapel possible,” said Kim Marks, president of Bon Secours Southampton Medical Center. “We are thrilled to have a designated place in our hospital for spiritual prayer, meditation and reflection for our patients, families, residents and associates.”

Bon Secours acquired Southampton Medical Center, formerly Southampton Memorial Hospital, on Jan. 1, 2020. Since then, clinical and operations leaders have worked tirelessly to create a seamless transition of care delivery by onboarding associates and sharing information about Bon Secours’ mission, vision and values, while keeping the patient at the center of all care and services provided. With this hospital, Bon Secours extends quality, compassionate care into Southeastern Virginia and rural communities where access to health care is more challenging.