DETROIT-Henry Ford Hospital is seeking state certificate-of-need approval to undertake a $75 million renovation and expansion project. Construction could start as early as this fall, with an anticipated completion date of 1998. The hospital wants to renovate three floors, or 60,000 square feet, and build four new floors for inpatient services on the west side of the hospital, adding 175,000 square feet. Its parent, Henry Ford Health System, occupies nearly 3 million square feet in the New Center area of Detroit. The project will allow related services to be clustered for greater efficiency and patient convenience, the hospital said. Inpatient units will incorporate "patient-focused care" by teams of multiskilled generalists. The hospital doesn't plan to add to its 903 licensed beds. "Once completed, this project will represent the state-of-the-art in hospital design and operations," hospital Chief Operating Officer Stephen H. Velick said.
GRAND ISLAND, Neb.-The 205-bed Saint Francis Medical Center is the newest member of the Mid Plains Health Alliance, a regional healthcare network formed in 1994 with administrative offices in Kearney, Ky. Comprising seven hospitals in the central and western part of the state, the network is concentrating early efforts on educational resources for provider members, including shared management expertise and staff recruitment and retention, said John Van Leaven, the network's executive director. "The addition of Saint Francis allows us to expand the territory of the network into the eastern part of the state," he said. He hopes to have at least 15 members by the end of 1996. Each member hospital has equal voting rights and one representative on the network's board.