AURORA, Colo.The new $560 million Childrens Hospital is scheduled to open Sept. 29 on the 227-acre Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, Colo. It is 73% larger than the 250-bed facility in Denver that it is replacing. The University of Colorado Hospital completed its move onto the new campus back in June. Jerrod Milton, director of campus transition for Childrens Hospital, said the migration began in April, but the heaviest relocation is expected this monthincluding the movement of some 170 patients starting at 7 a.m. Sept. 29. He added that the new facility, which is licensed for 270 beds, will cover 48 acres and include 232 private rooms and 38 beds in semiprivate settings. Construction costs for the entire campus will total around $2.2 billion, and were paid for from a variety of sources, including federal and state funding, gifts and $1.3 billion in bond debt. A fundraising campaign brought in some $241 million for the Childrens Hospital.
LOS ALAMITOS, Calif.California last month unveiled one of three civilian mobile field hospitals the state purchased for $18 million as part of its disaster-preparedness initiative. The 200-bed hospitals provide a mix of intensive-care, emergency, medical/surgical, neurological and obstetrics units, as well as housing for up to 150 staff members. Each hospital includes medical equipment, power generators and pharmaceuticals to serve all beds for at least seven days. The field hospitals can be deployed to any location in California within 72 hours of activation, according to the state Emergency Medical Services Authority. They are being housed in-state in an undisclosed location. Created by Blu-Med Response Systems, the hospitals were modeled after the Air Forces Expeditionary Medical System. In the event of activation, the facilities would likely remain operational for at least 30 to 60 days, and for up to 12 to 16 months, the state said. Staffing the mobile field hospitals will be a mix of individuals from California Medical Assistance Teams, California Medical Volunteers and Disaster Medical Assistance Teams, according to the state.
SACRAMENTO, Calif.California will issue $25 million in grants for technology healthcare projects that aim to help expand access to specialty physicians in rural and other underserved parts of the state. The grants, available through a competitive bidding process, are being funded as part of charitable investments required by the state from PacifiCare Health Systems under its 2005 merger agreement with UnitedHealth Group. In July 2006, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed an executive order outlining how to achieve complete electronic health-data exchange in the state in the next 10 years. Among the goals are expanding broadband capabilities to support telemedicine and e-health programs. The grant application will soon be available on the California Department of Managed Health Care Web site, dmhc.ca.gov. Expanding health information technology is a cornerstone of my comprehensive plan to reform our broken health system. Schwarzenegger said in a written statement.
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