LAFAYETTE, La.-Louisiana Health System and Our Lady of Lourdes Regional Medical Center have broken ground on a new primary-care center that will extend the family-practice residency program of Louisiana State University Medical School and University Medical Center. The 15,000-square-foot facility should be completed next year. The $1.5 million project is jointly funded by Our Lady of Lourdes and Louisiana Health System, parent company of Lafayette General Medical Center. "Managing the care and wellness of the people in our community will require a growing number of primary-care physicians," said John J. Burdin Jr., president of Louisiana Health System. "We consider it a good investment in our collective future and in the Lafayette and Acadiana region."
KANSAS CITY, Mo.-Four hospitals in the Kansas City area consolidated their helicopter ambulance services Oct. 1. Since 1978 Saint Joseph Health Center and St. Luke's Hospital have operated the Spirit of Kansas City Life Flight. Research Medical Center, part of Health Midwest, has operated the Eagle air ambulance since 1985. Shawnee Mission Medical Center, now merged with St. Luke's, and Children's Mercy Hospital are also participants in the joint venture, which is estimated to save about 10% in operating costs over current arrangements. The new ambulance service will include a larger helicopter with more power, range and space for flight nurses.
ST. LOUIS-A Missouri court has overruled the Missouri Health Facilities Review Committee and will allow All Saints Special Care Center to lease space from DePaul Health Center in St. Louis. The committee had insisted a certificate of need must be obtained, even though the project's cost-$386,000-fell below the normal $400,000 threshold. All Saints, which wanted to create a 20-bed, long-term acute-care hospital within DePaul, sued the committee to overturn its ruling.