WHEATON, Ill.-Wheaton Franciscan Sisters will use an $850,000 federal grant to build a 12-unit residential facility for people with AIDS. As part of the grant, residents of the project will be able to have subsidized housing at the facility, to be known as Canticle Place, on the order's campus near Wheaton, a western Chicago suburb in DuPage County. "An adequate response to the need for appropriate housing often sends individuals who are disabled because of AIDS into acute-care hospitals, chronic-care facilities and homeless shelters, or on the streets," said Sister Alice Drewek, coordinator of the facility's development. "DuPage County currently has no specific housing for income-eligible AIDS-disabled persons who want to stay in the area, close to their families, support systems and medical care," she said. Ground-breaking for the project is expected in early 1995, with an opening in the fall of that year.
IOWA CITY, Iowa-The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics has been given a $3 million donation toward the completion of the final phase of its $500 million capital replacement program. The gift from the Pomerantz family of the Des Moines area will go toward the 868-bed UIHC's $113 million family-care center pavilion, which will be known as the Pomerantz Family Pavilion. The new center will provide primary care for patients while offering physicians and other health professionals training and clinical research opportunities. In addition, the pavilion will provide a more modern replacement for an eye institute and ear, nose, throat and dental institutes. The Iowa Women's Health Care Center and a geriatrics clinic also will be located in the pavilion. The 619,000-square-foot pavilion will encompass 20% of the UIHC campus. Parts of the six-story pavilion will be open in the next few years with the eye institute scheduled to be open in 1995. The family-care center will be ready for patients in 1996.
ROCHESTER, Minn.-The Mayo Clinic has tapped into a 400,000-enrollee market by signing a participating provider agreement with Minneapolis-based Preferred One's preferred provider healthcare network. The agreement is expected to increase Preferred One's coverage area in southeastern Minnesota and allow Preferred One members care at Mayo. "This agreement provides another way that Mayo can maintain access for patients throughout our region," said Richard Tompkins, M.D., a rheumatologist and member of Mayo's Regional Strategy Workgroup. Preferred One provides healthcare to more than 400,000 enrollees through a network of more than 50 hospitals and 4,500 physicians in Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin.