ARLINGTON, Texas-Arlington Memorial Hospital plans to build a 64-bed surgical tower for $76 million, the largest one-time construction effort in the hospital's 47-year history, the hospital said this month. Construction on the six-story tower is scheduled to begin Feb. 9, 2006, with completion expected in September 2007. The project will boost the hospital's total bed count 17% to 433 and add 200,000 square feet of space. The expansion project is part of a 10-year, $1.5 billion growth plan launched by Arlington Memorial's parent, 13-hospital Texas Health Resources.
LOUISVILLE, Ky.--Norton Healthcare earlier this month applied for a state certificate-of-need to build a $146 million hospital in a fast-growing area in northeast Jefferson County to replace a hospital about 15 miles away in the southwest part of the city. Officials said the replacement for 126-bed Norton Southwest would be the first new full-service hospital built in the area in more than 25 years. The first phase of the project, an 80-bed facility, would break ground in February 2007 and open in July 2008. The second phase would include an additional 47 beds, with construction beginning in 2009 and ending in 2011.
GLEN BURNIE, Md.--Baltimore Washington Medical Center received permission last month from the Maryland Healthcare Commission to build a $112 million patient tower. The tower, expected to open in 2008, will include 111 private rooms, an expanded emergency department and a full-service obstetrics and gynecology unit, which the hospital has lacked since 1968. The hospital expects to hire several hundred new employees with the expansion, said Kathy McCollum, its vice president of business development. The hospital now delivers babies only on an emergency basis; about 30 babies were born in its emergency room last year, McCollum said.
MOBILE, Ala.--Infirmary Health System will pay the University of South Alabama about $32 million to lease Knollwood Park Hospital, officials said early this month. Infirmary plans to take over Knollwood on April 1, 2006, and will lease the 88-bed hospital for up to 99 years. The deal is part of a new alliance announced in July that includes collaboration on the new USA Cancer Research Institute in downtown Mobile. As part of the deal, Infirmary sold the university the land on which the new research center will be built, which is adjacent to the USA Children's and Women's Hospital and the Mobile Infirmary Medical Center, the system's 510-bed flagship. Construction will begin within the next several weeks on the $40 million, 111,000-square-foot research and clinical outpatient facility. It is expected to open in late 2007.