Mayor Jones expresses continued support for free-standing children's hospital

Richmond Mayor Dwight C. Jones conveyed to a group of advocates for a children's hospital that he believes, in spite of the VCU and Bon Secour's withdrawal from the project, it can still come to fruition. “I don’t think the announcement is final...People need to keep fighting, and hopefully we’ll have something to tell you in the next few weeks that might be encouraging," said Jones. His statements come in the heels of the July 27 City Council meeting, in which the council is slated to discuss Res. No. 2014-R184. The resolution asks the Chief Administrative Officer provide a request for qualifications for prospective developers in the North Boulevard area where advocates want to build the children's hospital. The resolution received drawback from hospital advocates at the June 8 City Council meeting, even though the request for qualifications does not exclude the possibilty of a children's hospital. At the meeting, hospital advocates agreed they'd present their proposal for a hospital at the July 27 meeting. For more information on the mayor's statements regarding the children's hospital, read the full Richmond Times-Dispatch article here.

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