Bon Secours Memorial Regional Medical Center in Hanover, Virginia, US has received approval from the state’s health department to expand its bed capacity.

The expansion, which will cost about $50m, is set to add 44 acute care beds, including 11 intensive care beds and 33 medical/surgical beds.

According to Bon Secours, the expansion is intended to cater to increasing demand for healthcare services from residents of the hospital’s service area. It will offer patients with improved access to hospital’s resources, clinical staff and care.

Bon Secours Memorial Regional Medical Center president Leigh Sewell said: “We are thrilled to move forward with the expansion of Memorial Regional which will allow us to respond to the growing need for inpatient bed capacity due to increased complexity of inpatient services and population growth, especially growth in the population of ages 65 and older.

“We are grateful for the strong support we received from our patients, associates and community members during the COPN process, and we look forward to continuing to provide quality, compassionate care well into the future.”

The expansion will boost the hospital’s total acute care bed capacity to 269, increasing intensive care beds from 24 to 35 and medical/surgical beds from 185 to 218.

It is expected that the Bon Secours hospital’s expansion will be completed in 2022.

In October last year, Bon Secours Mercy Health signed an agreement to buy three hospitals from Community Health Systems (CHS) situated in south-eastern Virginia.