OMAHA, Neb.-Alegent Health earlier this month announced a $54.1 million expansion and the renovation of 549-bed Bergan Mercy Medical Center. The biggest piece of the five-year plan is construction of a 135,000-square-foot building to house all surgery rooms and diagnostic services. The plan will be financed with long-term debt, a fund-raising campaign and cash from operations. Work is scheduled to begin in June and is targeted for completion in August 2006. Seven-hospital Alegent expects to add 100 full-time-equivalent positions at Bergan Mercy over the next five years and an additional 600 FTEs systemwide.
KANSAS CITY, Mo.-Saint Luke's Shawnee Mission Health System earlier this month received state approval for a $39.3 million expansion and renovation of its 59-bed Saint Luke's Northland Hospital, Kansas City. The yearlong construction project at the hospital's Barry Road campus will increase the number of inpatient beds to 80, create a critical-care unit and maternity suites and expand the radiology and medical-surgical departments. Construction will begin in early 2002 and is targeted for completion in 2003. Saint Luke's Shawnee Mission operates eight hospitals and 14 physician and health provider offices throughout the Kansas City area.
ST. LOUIS-SSM Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital will undergo a $46 million construction project converting the majority of its 190 beds to private rooms and expanding its emergency department. The project, to be completed by 2003, also involves the construction of a new four-story building for outpatient services and 48 patient rooms. Cardinal Glennon posted operating income of $6 million in fiscal 1999 and treated more than 180,000 patients.