STOW, OhioAkron (Ohio) General Health System has opened a health and wellness center in Stow, a suburb about 10 miles northeast of Akron General Medical Center. The $32 million project, financed with tax-exempt bonds, offers three pools, exercise equipment, an indoor track, group exercise rooms and a rock-climbing wall for members of its medically supervised fitness program. The three-hospital system offers a similar program at a center in west suburban Montrose. The new facility also includes a full-service emergency departmentwith 14 bays and a helipadscheduled to open July 1.
MINNEAPOLISHennepin County Medical Center 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-square-foot clinic and educational facility that will consolidate certain outpatient services, including services displaced by inpatient expansion.
INDEPENDENCE, Mo.HCA, Nashville, said it opened 257-bed Centerpoint Medical Center to replace two of the hospitals it bought in 2003 from Health Midwest, Kansas City, Mo. The $250 million hospital took its first patients last month. Independence Regional Health Center and Medical Center of Independence both closed with Centerpoints opening, HCA said. Patients from both hospitals were transferred to Centerpoint. The new hospital features a Level 2 trauma center, all private rooms and a chest pain center. A 200,000-square-foot medical office building, which includes ambulatory surgery and rehabilitation, advanced wound-care and diagnostic imaging facilities, opened adjacent to the hospital site in June 2006. The office building is owned by Tegra Healthcare Properties, Salt Lake City.
CLEVELANDThe Cleveland Clinic will take over operations of an established medical network in Abu Dhabi, adding to a presence initiated there last fall with plans to build a specialty hospital in the capital of the United Arab Emirates. Kenneth Ouriel, who had been chairman of the Cleveland Clinics division of surgery, has assumed management of Sheikh Khalifa Medical City, which includes a 700-bed hospital, behavior health pavilion, rehabilitation center and outpatient clinics together in the medical city, plus nine primary healthcare centers throughout Abu Dhabi.
BLUE ISLAND, Ill.SSM Health Care, St. Louis, announced plans to sell financially struggling St. Francis Hospital & Health Center in Blue Island. The 248-bed hospital has lost $40 million over the past five years, including a $10 million loss off net revenue of $170 million in fiscal 2006, ended Dec. 31, 2006, said Colleen Kannaday, St. Francis president. Illinois regulators rejected in May 2005 SSM Health Cares bid to build a $193 million, 130-bed hospital in Orland Park, Ill., which SSM executives believed would have buoyed St. Francis, said Dixie Platt, senior vice president of mission and external relations for the Catholic-affiliated SSM. Platt said efforts to appeal the decision have stalled. The Illinois Health Facilities Planning Board listed the application as pending an administrative court hearing as of late April. Now that SSM plans to sell St. Francis, I assume that we will withdraw the 15-hospital systems bid to build in Orland Park, Platt said. The point being that there hasnt been any movement with the planning board at all, Platt said. SSM has not identified a buyer for St. Francis but officials prefer a Catholic buyer, Platt said. She said the hospital is well-positioned for sale after SSM invested $75 million to renovate and upgrade the hospital over the past seven years. Obviously, we want to expedite this, she said. We are committed to moving this as quickly as possible, she said.
DAYTON, OhioCareSource, Ohios largest Medicaid HMO, broke ground this month on a $55 million building in downtown Dayton that will serve as its corporate headquarters. The Dayton workforce currently is split between three buildings. The number of CareSource employeesmore than 700 nowgrew by nearly 20% in the past year and is expected to reach 1,200 in the next few years. Most of them will work in the new nine-story, 300,000-square-foot building, which will include a CareSource University for training and a fitness center. The site of the project formerly was the home of Steele High School, where Orville and Wilbur Wrights sister, Katharine, taught literature. CareSource plans to incorporate a salvaged nameplate from the school, demolished in the 1940s, into the new building. CareSource administers Medicaid programs that serve about 539,000 in Ohio and 51,000 in Michigan.
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