SIDNEY, Mont. -- The Sidney Health Center, a 25-bed critical access hospital with an attached 93-bed long-term-care facility, started a $20 million, 32-month renovation project. The project for the hospital will include remodeling two existing operating room suites and adding a third; renovating the three-bed intensive-care unit; and making all patient rooms private. The chief executive officer of the 36-year-old acute-care hospital, Richard Haraldson, said that plans are also in the works to include computerized bedside charting and electronic medical-records systems. He added that Sidney Health Center serves eastern Montana and western North Dakota, and the closest large hospital is located in Billings, Mont., 270 miles away.
PHOENIX -- Maricopa Medical Center last month announced plans to build a $500 million replacement hospital as close as possible to a new biomedical research and training campus being developed in the downtown Phoenix area by two Arizona state universities. The 40-year-old public hospital must be rebuilt because it faces safety issues and provides little privacy for patients, officials said. "As it stands, Maricopa Medical Center would not meet today's healthcare standards or building requirements," said Paulina Morris, chairwoman of the Special Health Care District, which operates the 621-bed hospital. Officials are evaluating possible locations. No start or completion date has been set for the construction project. The hospital is part of Maricopa Integrated Health System, which also includes 11 clinics.