OMAHA, Neb. -- Alegent Health, a nine-hospital, not-for-profit system sponsored by Catholic Health Initiatives and Immanuel Health Systems, announced that it will undertake a nearly $40 million expansion of its 100-bed Alegent Health Midlands Hospital in Papillion. That hospital serves the communities in Sarpy and Cass counties on Nebraska's eastern border, where double-digit population growth is occurring. Focusing on primary and emergency care, diagnostics and surgery, the project will include expanding the emergency department; transitioning to 100% private patient rooms; expanding and renovating radiology services; and constructing an intensive-care unit, an outpatient medical office building and a clinical laboratory. The first phase will begin in November with the construction of the clinical lab, which will allow expansion of the emergency department. Groundbreaking for the expansion is set for this spring.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center last month began construction on a 14,000-square-foot hospice residence scheduled to open in November 2007. The new Dougherty Hospice House will be located on the grounds of Avera Prince of Peace Retirement Community and is named after Michael Dougherty, who gave $1 million to the project. In October 2005, a capital campaign was established to raise $3.6 million for construction and an additional $1 million endowment for ongoing expenses; $4.7 million had been raised in donations as of September, according to a spokeswoman for the Avera McKennan Foundation. The facility is expected to have 16 private rooms. The 651-bed hospital and university health center is a member of Avera Health, a regional healthcare system with more than 100 locations in eastern South Dakota and neighboring states.
CLEVELAND -- The Cleveland Clinic, expanding its presence abroad, will build a specialty hospital and clinic in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, in a joint venture with a UAE-owned investment firm. The clinic already collaborates on educational and research initiatives with academic medical centers in Chile, Egypt and Saudi Arabia, among other countries. A spokeswoman said the clinic and its partner, Mubadala Development, agreed not to disclose financial terms of the joint venture. The size of the hospital, its total cost and the services it will offer will be determined by a "comprehensive health economic impact study," according to a statement. The hospital is expected to open in three years.