Three-hospital Alexian Bros. is seeking state approval for a $66 million women and childrens hospital in Hoffman Estates, Ill., a northwest Chicago suburb. The proposed hospital, expected to be announced April 30, would include 18 labor and delivery rooms, three Caesarean-section suites and 40 beds for women, plus a 40-bed pediatric unit and 20 neonatal intensive-care beds, said Penny Davis, who would be president and chief executive officer of the planned facility.
Davis said the hospital, which will be built on the campus of the Catholic systems 211-bed St. Alexius Medical Center, will provide highly specialized care northwest of Chicago, and as far away as Rockford, Ill. Donations and operations will finance the hospital. If approved by Illinois certificate-of-need regulators, officials hope to finish construction by early 2010, she said.
In California, Sutter unveiled a tentative plan last week to add a hospital, ambulatory surgery center and third medical office building to its 43-acre campus in Elk Grove, a booming city south of 22-hospital Sutters Sacramento headquarters. Elk Groves population more than doubled in five years to 127,000 in 2005, according to U.S. Census Bureau estimates. Nancy Turner, a Sutter spokeswoman, said the system also plans to renovate the older of Sutters two existing Elk Grove clinics, which was built in 1989.
The proposed expansion would follow Sutters recent $958 million bond issue, which won approval from the California Health Facilities Financing Authority in March. The bond issue included $453 million to build a replacement hospital for Sutters Mills-Peninsula Health Services based in Burlingame, Calif., and was the first required by the financing authority to earmark funds for clinics and hospitals not owned by Sutter. The precedent-setting deal required Sutter to contribute $8.5 million to nonaffiliate providers under a 1979 law that requires some or all savings from tax-exempt financing be passed along to the public.
Rapid regional growth has increased demand for services and an Elk Grove hospital would improve emergency care for residents who now must drive 15 minutes to 20 minutes for healthcare services, Turner said. You dont want a hospital on every corner, but you want to make it convenient, she said. Six acute-care hospitals and one childrens general hospital operate in Sacramento, according to the American Hospital Association.
The $200 million proposal must clear several hurdles before construction can begin. Sutters Sacramento Valley governing board and its corporate directors must approve the plan following a feasibility study, Turner said. Elk Groves planning officials and City Council must also OK the plans. Finally, the 142,000-square-foot hospital must win clearance from the California Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development.
If approved, plans call for construction in phases, starting with the 60,000-square-foot medical office building and 33,000-square-foot ASC in 2008 and 2009. Construction of the 62-bed hospitalwhich will be designed to expand up to 120 bedsis expected to be completed in late 2011, Turner said.
And in Kansas, the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth Health System approved the purchase of 132 acres for a health park that would be developed by the systems 274-bed St. Francis Health Center, Topeka. The board also approved a $65 million expansion of 38-bed St. John Hospital, Leavenworth.
The board of St. Francis has been studying the land purchase for two years, and voted to recommend the purchase to the system board in March. The health park could include a replacement hospital for St. Francis or an outpatient diagnostic services center. Parts of the health park could be sold to other developers of medical office and retail buildings.