Two projects set for Chicago suburb
* Two replacement hospitals are planned in Elgin, Ill., a far northwestern suburb of Chicago. Sherman Hospital, which has served the town for 117 years, plans a $280 million project that includes the new hospital as well as redevelopment of the current 249-bed facility into outpatient and immediate-care services. The plans must be approved by the Illinois Health Facilities Planning Board. Construction is set to kick off in spring 2006, with completion in mid-2009. The hospital will accommodate 250 to 300 beds. Meanwhile, Provena St. Joseph Hospital, also in Elgin, plans to break ground this fall on a $97 million expansion and modernization project that will include a new, four-story patient tower with 102 private rooms. The 165-bed hospital, which is 102 years old, plans an expanded medical imaging department and the modernization of existing patient-care units. Once the project is completed, a majority of the patient rooms will be private. The project, which has already received regulatory approval, will be phased in over five years, with completion set for 2010, at which time the hospital will have 201 beds. The hospital is part of six-hospital Provena Health.
SSM plans $215 million project in Mo.
* SSM Health Care, St. Louis, will spend $215 million to replace 242-bed SSM St. Joseph Hospital of Kirkwood (Mo.) with a new 158-bed facility. The system, which has seven hospitals, won unanimous approval in April from the Missouri Health Facilities Review Committee for the new hospital. Construction is scheduled to begin next spring, with completion targeted for spring 2008. The facility will be built on a 54-acre tract that is now a golf course and will include all-private rooms offering overnight accommodations for guests of patients. The campus will include an outpatient care center and a medical office building.
Dallas hospital to continue expansion
* Children's Medical Center Dallas is scheduled to kick off the next phase of an ambitious expansion project this fall with an eight-story building featuring two floors of pediatric intensive-care beds, a surgery recovery area, and dietary and dining areas. Completion is scheduled for 2008. As part of its long-range expansion plan, Children's opened a five-story, $60 million tower in late March that includes 12 new operating rooms and support areas for the entire 406-bed hospital.