* Three hospitals in Jacksonville, Fla., received regulatory approval this month for more than $400 million in construction projects. Baptist Health, which operates 581-bed Baptist Medical Center, will build 92-bed, $84 million Baptist South, set to open in 2004. St. Vincent's Medical Center will purchase St. Luke's Hospital from the Mayo Foundation and reopen it as a 145-bed facility after a $155 million renovation. Mayo will build its own 214-bed, $207 million hospital. Memorial Hospital of Jacksonville unsuccessfully fought to block St. Vincent's plan.
* Iasis Healthcare Corp., Franklin, Tenn., said last week it will build an $80 million, 170-bed hospital in Jefferson County, near the Texas Gulf Coast, to replace its 104-bed Mid-Jefferson Hospital in Nederland and 219-bed Park Place Medical Center in Port Arthur. The opening is expected in early 2005.
* Penn State Milton S. Hershey (Pa.) Medical Center and Penn State College of Medicine unveiled a 10-year, $500 million master plan for a freestanding children's hospital and cancer treatment center as part of more than 832,000 square feet of new construction. Planned are separate facilities for cardiac care, research and education, and the addition of 99 beds to the 400-bed hospital.
* Bethesda Memorial Hospital, Boynton Beach, Fla., plans to build an 80-bed hospital in Palm Beach County, just west of its existing 335-bed hospital, and expects to file a certificate-of-need application by mid-April. The new hospital would cost up to $80 million and be completed within three to five years. Meanwhile, a $60 million expansion at Bethesda Memorial's main campus is nearing completion.
* North Kansas City (Mo.) Hospital announced a $137 million expansion project, the largest in its history, to add 130 beds, seven operating rooms and 20 obstetrics suites to the existing 350-bed facility. A construction company has not been selected. The five-year project will be financed with reserves and bonds, officials said. The hospital completed a $94 million expansion in June 2000.
* A physician-owned joint venture has revived a shuttered Chicago hospital as the 78-bed Neurologic & Orthopedic Institute of Chicago. The renovated facility, formerly Ravenswood Hospital Medical Center, was closed last year by Advocate Health Care. The joint venture of the Chicago Institute of Neurosurgery and Neuroresearch Medical Group and Neuro-Source, Chicago, reopened part of the facility, including its emergency room. Neuro-Source Chief Executive Officer Thomas Hodgson, who is acting hospital CEO, said the $10 million project was financed through a healthcare real estate investment trust.
* Carson-Tahoe Hospital, Carson City, Nev., expects a decision this month on its application for a city permit to build a $132 million regional medical center. The hospital plans to break ground in June on a 338,000-square-foot facility. The complex would boost capacity to 135 beds from the current 99, with a separate 18-bed surgical hospital, a cancer center, medical and administrative offices, and a helicopter landing pad.
* Alexian Brothers Health System, Elk Grove Village, Ill., announced a five-year, $352 million expansion plan at its three hospitals, including new medical office buildings, ambulatory-care malls and renovation of intensive-care units and surgical departments. The plan includes a rehabilitation hospital and assisted-living facility and investment in technologies.