HEFLIN, Ala.-Arcon HealthCare, a Nashville, Tenn.-based for-profit management company, won state approval to build a 24-hour outpatient surgery and emergency clinic in Heflin. Arcon, led by former Healthtrust Chief Operating Officer Hudson Connery Jr., has similar certificate-of-need proposals to build two other Alabama clinics, one in Blount Springs and one on Sand Mountain, between Scottsboro and Fort Payne. The 16,300-square-foot clinic in Heflin will open next summer and will cost $3.3 million. Arcon's strategy is to build and operate clinics in underserved medical areas. It also is building a facility in Destin, Fla. (Jan. 1, p. 14).
PENSACOLA, Fla.-A new $21 million women and children's hospital, providing obstetrics and gynecology, opened recently on the Sacred Heart Hospital campus. The facility replaces Sacred Heart's 27-year-old children's hospital, which originally was designed as a nursing school dormitory, said Patrick Madden, Sacred Heart president and chief executive officer. The new hospital features 20 beds for infants and toddlers, 20 beds for adolescents, a 10-bed pediatric intensive-care unit and a 42-bed neonatal intensive-care unit. It also has 12 labor/delivery/recovery rooms and 38 postpartum rooms. For new fathers, the hospital purchased overstuffed sleeper chairs.