A new neurosurgery and orthopedics hospital is celebrating its grand opening today at the site of a refurbished community hospital in Chicago.
The Neurologic & Orthopedic Institute of Chicago opened on Jan. 1 as a joint venture between Chicago-based NeuroSource and a physician group practice, the Chicago Institute of Neurosurgery and Neuroresearch, organizers say.
Hospital spokesman Pete Cunningham says the hospital will operate a full-fledged ER as part of a deal with state authorities to take over the license of the defunct Ravenswood Hospital on the city's North Side.
The new hospital has 78 licensed beds, 10 operating suites, 24 exam rooms, CT, MRI and a gamma knife, Cunningham says.
Incorporating neurosurgery is a new trend for specialty hospitals, which have focused on orthopedic and cardiac care, usually in joint ventures between physician and companies such as MedCath in Charlotte, N.C.
In another development, the Austin Business Journal reports neurosurgeons and orthopedists in Austin, Texas, are planning an orthopedic-neurosurgery hospital in the former Renaissance Women's Center in Austin.
The Austin surgeons are partnering with Charlotte-based OrthoNeuro Corp., founded last year by former MedCath executives, the journal says.