Hennepin County Medical Center, Minneapolis, announced an $80 million expansion project that will boost critical-care and outpatient capacity. The three-year project will add 58 beds to the 434-bed public hospital, with at least 36 beds expected to be available by summer 2008, said Michael Harristhal, the medical centers vice president of public policy and strategy. The project also includes outpatient expansion efforts.
The medical center will either relocate or replace its Family Medical Center clinic with a 60,000-square-foot to 70,000-square-foot space, he said. Plans also call for the medical center to buy land for an estimated 250,000-squre-foot clinic and educational facility that will consolidate certain outpatient services, including services displaced by inpatient expansion. -- by Melanie Evans