Fairview Health Services, Minneapolis, plans to build a 102-bed, $175 million childrens hospital. The new hospital will absorb roughly half of the existing pediatric beds at Fairviews 829-bed University of Minnesota Medical Center and wont expand overall system bed capacity. No regulatory approvals are required, a Fairview spokesman said. Construction is expected to start in late 2007 or early 2008 and be completed by 2010. Fairview said it will upgrade and expand maternity services, pediatric behavioral healthcare and a neonatal intensive-care unit, which will remain at the University of Minnesota Medical Center. A Fairview spokesman said the project is part of a planned six-year, $1 billion capital investment and clinical expansion effort. -- by Melanie Evans
Fairview to build childrens hospital
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