Adventist Medical Center broke ground on a new $94 million outpatient pavilion adjacent to its 302-bed hospital to meet the needs of its growing patient population. The four-story, 181,000-square-foot tower will house an expanded 32-bed emergency room, a cardiovascular-care center, operating rooms and physician office space. Completion is scheduled for late 2008. "This project is the result of considerable effort in planning for the future needs of our community,'' Adventist Medical President Deryl Jones said in a news release. Adventist Medical is owned by not-for-profit Adventist Health, Roseville, Calif., which operates 20 hospitals in California, Hawaii, Oregon and Washington.
Scripps Mercy Hospital received a record $10 million private donation to expand and update its emergency department and Level I trauma services. The gift, granted by San Diego real estate developer Conrad Prebys, represents the largest donation to the 700-bed, two-campus hospital in its 116-year history. The donation will allow not-for-profit Scripps Mercy to nearly double the size of its 24-bed emergency department over the next decade. The department, which is currently operating beyond full capacity, treated more than 50,000 emergency room patients and 2,200 trauma patients in 2005, hospital officials said. The expanded critical-care facility will be named the Conrad Prebys Pavilion for Emergency and Trauma Services. Prebys is president of Progress Construction and Management Co., a real estate and development company he founded in 1966. Scripps Mercy joined four-hospital Scripps Health in 1995; the hospital gained a second campus in October 2004 when it merged with Scripps Mercy Hospital Chula Vista.
The University of Arizona College of Medicine held a grand opening for its new $27 million campus, marking a milestone in a years-long effort to bring a medical school to one of the nation's largest cities. The medical school was developed in partnership with Arizona State University, which will share faculty and collaborate in teaching and research efforts. The new medical school will be the cornerstone of the 28-acre, publicly funded Phoenix Biomedical Campus, which also houses the Translational Genomics Research Institute and several other biomedical facilities. Northern Arizona University also plans to establish an expanded allied health program in downtown Phoenix, and 621-bed Maricopa Medical Center has said it is looking to build a $500 million replacement hospital as close to the campus as possible. The new medical school will seat its first four-year class of 24 students in July 2007; plans call for the medical school to graduate 150 students a year by 2015, which, with the 110 students per class at the university's Tucson campus, would make it one of the larger medical schools in the nation, university officials said.
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