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Harlem Hospital Center Mural Pavilion
The Harlem Hospital Center Mural Pavilion will open an ER in 2013.

Regional News/Northeast: Major construction complete on $325 million Harlem Hospital Pavilion, and other news

By Modern Healthcare
Posted: October 6, 2012 - 12:01 am ET

NEW YORK—New York City Health and Hospitals Corp. said major construction is complete for its $325 million Harlem Hospital Center Mural Pavilion, which opened at the end of September. The pavilion, which connects the Harlem Hospital's Martin Luther King Jr. Pavilion and the Ronald H. Brown Ambulatory Care Pavilion, will open an emergency room in 2013. Works Progress Administration murals by African-American artists are included in the six-story pavilion's art gallery. The 195,000-square-foot facility will house an expanded dialysis unit, a step-down intensive-care unit and six operating rooms. The dialysis unit will increase to 25 chairs from 11 chairs. The Mural Pavilion will also include a bariatric center, women's imaging department and pre-admission testing suites.

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SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y.—Southampton Hospital signed a nonbinding agreement to join Stony Brook (N.Y.) University's health system. The agreement calls for a replacement hospital for the 80-bed Southampton Hospital at Stony Brook University's Southampton campus. Southampton Hospital will launch a fundraising campaign for the capital project, according to a news release announcing the agreement. “This proposal would enable Stony Brook University to expand its education programs on the Southampton campus, helping us to fulfill our mission to train the next generation of healthcare providers across Long Island,” Dr. Samuel Stanley Jr., president of Stony Brook University, said in the release. Southampton Hospital, which first affiliated with Stony Brook University Hospital in 2008, would operate under the university hospital's New York license under the deal. The prospective partners will next analyze financial and legal information as part of due diligence, according to the release. The agreement has not yet been approved by Southampton Hospital's governing board. New York regulators and legislative officials must also approve any deal.

PITTSBURGH—The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center announced it will spend $100 million over five years to build and operate a clinical, genomic and financial data warehouse. The repository, which will also include administrative data, will collect data from 200 sources inside and outside the system and its health plan, UPMC said in a news release. The $100 million investment includes salary, training and operational expenses. Data will be used for analysis and predictive modeling. UPMC said early projects are expected to address quality reporting and monitoring, variation in medical care and predictive alerts for prevention efforts. Hardware and software will be installed in the next two years, UPMC said.

BRISTOL, Pa.—Prime Healthcare Services, Ontario, Calif., has closed on its acquisition of Lower Bucks Hospital, Bristol. Financial terms were not disclosed, but a news release said Prime will invest at least $10 million in the 150-bed hospital for capital improvements and hire all employees and maintain all collective bargaining agreements. Prime also will form a local governing board of medical staff and community leaders. The for-profit chain will assume Lower Bucks' existing liabilities and provide the same level of charity care. Lower Bucks has more than 400 physicians and more than 1,400 employees and volunteers, according to the release. The deal, which was announced in August, is Prime's second in the state, after Roxborough Memorial Medical Hospital, Philadelphia. The closing follows two other recent transactions for Prime: the acquisition of Dallas Medical Center and the proposed deal for Landmark Medical Center, Woonsocket, R.I.

HACKENSACK, N.J.—Hackensack University Medical Center, a 696-bed hospital serving northern New Jersey, has acquired two ambulatory surgery centers as part of a new joint venture with United Surgical Partners International. USPI is an Addison, Texas-based provider of ambulatory surgery centers and short-stay hospitals. The joint venture will involve partnering with local physicians to own and operate outpatient ambulatory surgery centers, according to a news release. The acquisitions of Hackensack Endoscopy Center and Endoscopy Center of Bergen County were announced Sept. 28. Financial terms were not available, and the deals were completed in September, said Robert Glenning, Hackensack University Medical Center chief financial officer and executive vice president. The organizations said they have identified other ambulatory surgery-center acquisition opportunities in northern New Jersey. The boards of the acquired surgery centers will include local physician owners and representatives from Hackensack University Medical Center and USPI, according to Hackensack's news release.

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