New Calif. children's hospital
* Lucile Salter Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford, Palo Alto, Calif., plans to team with Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, San Jose, Calif., to build Santa Clara County's first children's hospital-a $100 million facility that will house as many as 100 beds, officials announced in late March. Groundbreaking could take place as early as 2006, but additional financial studies must be completed before the deal is approved between 240-bed Packard and 496-bed Santa Clara Valley Medical Center. The new facility will be owned and operated by Packard.
Johns Hopkins to add center
* Johns Hopkins Medicine in Baltimore, with three acute-care teaching hospitals, broke ground in early March on an $80 million cancer research building, which is part of a $1 billion construction project on its 52-acre East Campus. The 10-story, 272,000-square-foot facility will stand next to Hopkins' existing cancer center, the $59 million Bunting Blaustein Cancer Research Building, which opened in 1999. The Cancer Research Building II, which will house interdisciplinary research work, is expected to open in May 2005.
REIT buys medical building
* Chicago-based Lillibridge, a privately held real estate investment trust that focuses on not-for-profit hospitals and healthcare systems, has purchased 136,000-square-foot Saddleback Valley Medical Center, Laguna Hills, Calif. The five-story medical office building is located on 2.5 acres adjacent to the campus of 220-bed Saddleback Memorial Medical Center. The purchase includes a six-story, 1,100-space parking garage. Lillibridge, which has about 8 million square feet of outpatient facilities under ownership or management in 17 U.S. markets, is participating in a growing trend, outlined in the Oct. 28, 2002, issue of Modern Healthcare, in which developers and REITs are purchasing medical office buildings from cash-strapped hospitals that want to raise capital and concentrate on core patient-care missions.
Clarian plans two facilities
* Indianapolis-based Clarian Health Partners is building two facilities to tap into the fast-growing areas of Hamilton and Hendricks counties in Indiana. Clarian, which owns three urban hospitals, will expand north as it breaks ground later this spring on a $150 million acute-care facility. The 200-bed, 600,000-square-foot hospital in Carmel, Ind., will focus on women's and children's services and is expected to open in June 2005. West of Indianapolis, Clarian is building a 115-bed acute-care hospital in Avon, Ind. The $76.3 million, 381,000-square-foot project will be completed in the fall of 2004. Because there's only one hospital in Hendricks County-131-bed Hendricks Community Hospital in Danville-Clarian officials estimate that 40% of residents in the county leave the area for medical care.
Ohio heart hospitals going up
* Three healthcare systems in Columbus, Ohio-Mount Carmel, Ohio Health and Ohio State University-are building heart hospitals in the area. Mount Carmel will open a four-story tower this fall with two floors of cardiac care in addition to two floors of maternity services-a 128,000-square-foot facility costing $83.4 million. Also in the works are heart hospitals owned by Ohio Health, with 13 member or affiliate hospitals, and OSU, which operates two teaching hospitals. Both heart hospitals are scheduled to open in 2004. Ohio Health is working on a $76 million, six-story heart center and emergency department at its 794-bed Riverside Methodist Hospital, and OSU is building an $83 million, 212,300-square-foot heart center.
Construction firm moves unit
* Turner Construction Co., one of the nation's largest builders, has relocated its national healthcare group from St. Louis to Nashville, home of several of the most prominent healthcare systems in the U.S., including HCA. Turner, ranked the No. 1 healthcare construction management firm according to Modern Healthcare's 2003 Construction & Design Survey, says it is actively involved in projects nationwide valued in excess of $1.2 billion.
Ore. university hospital expands
* Oregon Health & Science University in Portland is planning a $216 million hospital expansion project and $105 million biomedical research building, part of a massive, two-part undertaking to try to launch OHSU into the top-20 tier of academic health and research centers in the U.S., officials said. Stage one involves a 30-year construction plan for the Marquam Hill Campus that includes two new state-of-the-art facilities: a 260,000-square-foot biomedical research building and a 335,000-square-foot hospital. The 11-story patient-care facility, with 144 inpatient beds, will include a cardiac acute-care unit, two oncology centers, an intensive-care unit and an eight-room operating suite with space to grow if needed, and will be connected to a four-story parking garage. It's expected to open in late 2005. Changes at the West Campus in Hillsboro will take advantage of biomedical and biotechnological opportunities, which officials are working into blueprints for changes.