Childrens Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, Minneapolis, announced a $300 million renovation and expansion project. The effort, which will start late this year and finish in late 2010 or 2011, will be financed by bonds, operations and donations, said Allison Sandve, a spokeswoman for the two-hospital system.
The project will expand neonatal intensive care and the emergency department at Childrens 193-bed Minneapolis hospital, adding roughly 200,000 square feet. Construction will add an outpatient clinic and parking ramp adjacent to the Minneapolis hospital.
The systems 126-bed St. Paul hospitals emergency department will also be expanded, though details have not yet been completed, Sandve said. Renovation efforts will upgrade the two hospitals operating and patient rooms. Overall, the effort will expand Childrens inpatient capacity by 20 to 30 beds, for which the system is already licensed, Sandve said. -- by Melanie Evans