NORTH CHICAGO, Ill. -- A new, $110 million U.S. Naval hospital is slated to open in 2010 and -- in a rare partnership -- will operate in conjunction with the already-existing North Chicago VA Medical Center. The current hospital at the Great Lakes Naval Training Center will be razed and the new facility built to adjoin the VA facility, said Rep. Mark Kirk (R-Ill), who represents the North Shore suburbs of Chicago. The move marks the final stage in a seven-year battle to rescue the VA from closure. Closing the VA hospital would have been a mistake, he said, based on U.S. Census data.
WARREN, Mich. -- St. John Health announced this month it would spend $400 million to expand its facilities in Novi, Mich., and Detroit. The eight-hospital, not-for-profit system, which is owned by St. Louis-based Ascension Health, broke ground on a $224 million, 200-bed hospital at its Providence Park facility that will include an acute-care hospital with a Level I trauma center. The system plans to spend $156 million to expand its 601-bed St. John Hospital and Medical Center in Detroit, constructing a six-floor tower, while doubling the size of its ER. St. John does not require a certificate of need for the Novi project.
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- Spectrum Health plans to build a $190 million, 197-bed children's hospital on its main campus, with an opening scheduled for 2010. The seven-hospital system said the design of the new Helen DeVos Children's Hospital will allow expansion to 242 beds to consolidate pediatric services at Spectrum's DeVos Children's Hospital. Spectrum intends to apply for a certificate of need for the project in early 2006 and break ground later that year. The new hospital's namesake is the wife of billionaire Richard DeVos, who helped found Alticor, formerly Amway.
MERRILLVILLE, Ind. -- Officials unveiled plans for a physician-owned, for-profit hospital scheduled to open by the end of 2006; construction on the $17 million facility is slated to start Nov. 1. Thirty physicians have invested in the hospital, which has hired an administrator. The hospital, Pinnacle Healthcare, will offer medical-surgical care, general surgery and diagnostic services, said Ramesh Kanuru, a physician-investor and board member of the planned hospital. Eight other acute-care hospitals, all not-for-profit, and a small surgery hospital operate in Lake County, Ind. Indiana doesn't have a certificate-of-need law.