LAKE OSWEGO, Ore. -- The Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems teamed up with the state government and other organizations to launch a new public-private initiative designed to address healthcare work force shortages. The Oregon Healthcare Workforce Institute will be charged with identifying the greatest staffing and training needs statewide and developing policy initiatives to meet those needs. The institute's 13-member board consists of executives from the hospital, nursing, long-term care, human resources and education fields, as well as officials from the state Department of Human Services and the governor's office. The institute will be funded through grants and contributions from public and private sources. Of the initial $800,000 invested in the institute's startup, Kaiser Permanente Northwest and Providence Health System, both based in Portland, Ore., contributed $300,000 and $250,000, respectively. Over the next eight years, hospitals and other providers will need an additional 60,000 trained healthcare workers to meet growing demand, according to the Oregon hospital association.
PHOENIX -- The Mayo Clinic earlier this month approved a $50 million expansion plan to meet growing patient volume at its Mayo Clinic Hospital. The 102,000-square-foot expansion will add 72 inpatient beds, three operating rooms and an expanded emergency room to the 208-bed hospital. Construction is scheduled to begin in June and is expected to be completed by late 2007. The hospital is currently completing construction of an adjoining 162,000-square-foot outpatient clinic, which will eventually house the surgical staff now at the hospital's Scottsdale, Ariz., campus. The expansion is part of a larger plan to concentrate Mayo Clinic Arizona's research activities and cancer center at its Scottsdale campus and focus patient services at the Phoenix site.
LOS ANGELES -- White Memorial Medical Center earlier this month unveiled its new $134 million, eight-story patient tower, which is set to officially open April 26. The 348,000-square-foot tower includes 167 beds, new maternity, intensive-care, operating and emergency departments, and a healing garden based on the Planetree model of patient-centered care. The tower is the main feature of a broader, $200 million construction and seismic upgrade project, which began in 2003 and is expected to be completed in 2008. Founded in 1913, 369-bed White Memorial is operated by 20-hospital Adventist Health, Roseville, Calif.