ANCHORAGE, Alaska-The Alaska Native Medical Center, more than 30 years in the planning and nearly eight years in design and construction, opened in June. The 389,000-square-foot, $110 million facility, designed by architecture firm NBBJ in partnership with the Public Health Service, reflects the landscape and cultures of the Alaskan natives who will use the facility free of charge. The organizational scale is based on the concept of a village. The building steps back to the north, allowing daylight to flood the interior and reduce its apparent scale. A series of one-story buildings with sloped roofs are located in front of the facility to create a village-like feeling. The new full-service center, with 159 acute-care beds, is a replacement for the original 400-bed medical center, which opened in 1953 as a tuberculosis hospital and evolved into a general hospital. An earthquake in 1964 destroyed a bluff north of the hospital, making it apparent the facility was vulnerable to another major temblor.
FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif.-Nashville-based Healthcare Realty Trust has acquired for about $15 million an ancillary facility of 413-bed Fountain Valley Regional Hospital and Medical Center in Fountain Valley from Tenet Healthcare Corp., Santa Barbara, Calif., which owns the hospital. The 120,000-square-foot facility contains physician practices, corporate offices for the hospital and some of the hospital's outpatient services. Healthcare Realty Trust also owns five other structures on the Fountain Valley campus, including a long-term-care facility.
SACRAMENTO, Calif.-Sutter Roseville Medical Center, located just outside Sacramento, has shut down its 1950s-era 243-bed facility and moved to a new $108 million campus about two miles away. The new 315,000-square-foot facility, which has 168 beds, offers about 100,000 more square feet than the old campus. The new medical center is designed to resemble a lodge or retreat in order to promote healing, hospital officials said. Executives said they ran out of room to expand at the original campus, which sat on an 8.5-acre parcel. The new facility sits on 57 acres. The old hospital has been put up for sale.
SAN DIEGO-Vista Hill Foundation has entered an agreement to sell its behavioral-care HMO, Vista Behavioral Health Plans, to Columbia, Md.-based Green Spring Health Services for $6 million. The agreement follows the signing of a letter of intent by Vista Hill to sell its 150-bed acute-care hospital to Sharp HealthCare (Aug. 18, p. 4). Vista Behavioral has 600,000 enrollees, with its client list including labor union trusts, healthcare purchasing alliances and employers. Revenues for 1996 were $10.6 million. It will become a wholly owned subsidiary of Green Spring, which manages behavioral and substance-abuse treatment benefits for more than 16 million people nationwide. Vista Hill will use the proceeds from the transaction to continue its community mission, said Greg Zinser, its chief executive officer. The deal, expected to close by year-end, is subject to review both by the California attorney general's office and the California Department of Corporations, Zinser said.