LOUISVILLE, Ky.The University of Louisville will use a $2.5 billion capital investment to expand its Health Sciences Center in downtown Louisville over the next 20 years. The project will include 3.2 million square feet of new research facilities, laboratories and office space in the universitys 30-block health sciences campus. Officials said $1.8 billion of the project will come from public funds and $700 million from private investment. Louisville-based Jewish Hospital & St. Marys HealthCare will contribute $300 million of that investment. State funding will come from a new tax-increment-financing law that uses tax revenue generated from the new construction to finance the projects debt. The university expects the project to spur economic development and new business growth in the downtown area.
WASHINGTONThe Joint Commission in late July restored full accreditation to Greater Southeast Community Hospital, a move that at least for now keeps the facility, which serves some of the Districts poorest neighborhoods, open and operational. The Department of Health has done an extraordinary job in keeping the hospital staff focused on making improvements, said David Catania, a member of the District of Columbia Council. The key will be for the government to maintain its vigilance going forward. On June 8, the Joint Commission conducted an unannounced, for-cause survey of the 303-bed hospital on the heels of a city health department inspection that found broken equipment in the operating room and overall staffing shortages that contributed to what it deemed unsafe and unsanitary conditions. The hospital, which is run by Envision Hospital Corp., also lost its accreditation in 2003 after it scored poorly in a number of patient-care categories.
AMERICUS, Ga.The Federal Emergency Management Agency said in late July that it will spend $9.3 million to build a temporary replacement for the 232-bed Sumter Regional Hospital, a southwest Georgia facility that was pummeled by a tornado in March. The hospital, which serves eight counties, was struck with uprooted trees, flying cars and other debris during the March 1 storm. For nearly two months, doctors treated more than 5,400 patients in tents near the facility. FEMA said the funds will cover about 75% of the estimated $12.4 million cost of a new building. The March 1 tornadoes killed nine people in Sumter, Taylor and Baker counties, and caused more than
$210 million in damage, demolishing dozens of Georgia homes and businesses. Some neighbors fled to the hospital for safety, only to discover the building was among the towns most dangerous. The storm assaulted the three-story brick structure with a barrage of flying trees and an occasional truck hurled from a nearby lot. Windows were smashed open, clouding the once spotless patient rooms with a toxic mix of glass, dirt and debris. Pipes burst, flooding four of six operating rooms with 2 inches of murky water.
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