MCKINNEY, TexasMethodist Health System, Dallas, has purchased about 24 acres of land north of Dallas in McKinney for the site of a 60,000-square-foot specialty hospital and physician office building. Construction on the $30 million facility is scheduled to begin in the fall, and the hospital is expected to open in early 2009. The system said it will develop about 10 acres of land, six of which will be used for a 15-bed, multispecialty surgical hospital that will also have four to six operating rooms and a variety of outpatient diagnostic and treatment services. The remaining acres will be available for future expansion. Affiliated with the North Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church, the not-for-profit Methodist Health System has three family health centers and other medical centers in Dallas, Charlton (a suburb of Dallas), Mansfield and Midlothian.
SALISBURY, N.C.Rowan Regional Medical Center, Salisbury, N.C., said its board of directors has chosen to become part of Novant Health, Winston-Salem, N.C., with Novant agreeing to invest $250 million in the 188-bed hospitals facilities over the next five years. Novant also will assume Rowans debt and will make a $5 million gift to the Rowan Regional Medical Center Foundation. The deal is expected to close in mid-January 2008. The Rowan board started its strategic planning for a possible alliance with a major healthcare system three years ago, and announced in June that it would seek proposals from both Novant and Carolinas HealthCare System, Charlotte, N.C. Rowan will retain its name, its executive team and its 15-member board, which will have significant responsibility and authority, the medical center said. The Rowan chairman will join the Novant board, and the president of Novants southern Piedmont region will join the Rowan board. The Rowan foundation will continue to operate independently, with its assets restricted to the benefit of the Rowan hospital.
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