Philadelphia hospital to expand. Children's Hospital of Philadelphia last week announced a $650 million construction and renovation project to nearly double the size of its main campus over the next five years, continuing a nationwide hospital building boom. Plans also call for equipment and new laboratories to double the 387-bed hospital's research programs. The project entails more than 1 million square feet of new space, including 10 additional floors on a wing of the research center and a new 450,000-square-foot building for ambulatory care and clinical research. The hospital will use $25 million of the funds to expand its network of 30 satellite facilities. The project will be financed with set-aside money, a capital campaign, bonds and the hospital's endowment. The main hospital building was built in 1974.
N.M. town to get medical center.
A new 22-bed public hospital is expected to open in Portales, N.M., by July, two years after taxpayers approved a gross receipts tax to finance it. The facility, called Roosevelt County General Hospital, will be managed by Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock, Texas, which is part of the St. Joseph Health System in Orange, Calif. Besides taxes, funding for the approximately $11 million facility came from federal grants, low-interest loans and a local fund drive, Administrator James D'Agostino said. Also, Sen. Pete Domenici (R-N.M.) sponsored legislation that transferred more than $1 million of equipment from Cannon Air Force Base in New Mexico, which closed its hospital about three years ago, D'Agostino said. The project began after Presbyterian Healthcare Services in Albuquerque, N.M., closed its hospital in Portales in 1998. Since then, Portales residents have driven about 25 miles to receive care at another Presbyterian hospital, Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis, D'Agostino said.
Sloan-Kettering plans new project.
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, said earlier this month it plans to build a new research center on its main campus at an estimated cost of $500 million to $700 million to expand and replace aging research facilities, many of which are at least 30 years old. The project requires a city zoning change and special designation as a large-scale community facility. The center hopes to complete a new 23-floor research tower in 2007 and then launch the project's second phase, a replacement for its existing research building, with funding from philanthropy, reserves and financing. Sloan-Kettering President Harold Varmus, M.D., said the need for new research facilities is critical because of fast-breaking research on the human genome and development of new technologies to sort the complex interactions among genes. The cancer center also is in the early stages of a $250 million expansion of its clinical programs.
Calif., Texas facilities in the works.
Earlier this month, healthcare projects totaling almost $300 million were announced. Sutter Health, Sacramento, said it would spend $156 million to build a 156-bed maternity hospital by 2006 in downtown Sacramento. It also announced a $44 million remodeling of 469-bed Sutter Medical Center in Sacramento to accommodate additional cardiac services and a $25 million expansion of 183-bed Sutter Roseville (Calif.) Medical Center, which would include emergency room and trauma services. Meanwhile, 250-bed Plaza Medical Center of Fort Worth (Texas) announced a $57 million expansion and renovation, doubling emergency room capacity and adding an eight-bed cardiac critical-care unit and an eight-bed neurosurgery intensive-care unit. Completion is expected by fall 2003. And 502-bed Harris Methodist Fort Worth Hospital plans a $17 million outpatient complex slated to open in October 2002.