Duke University Health System, Durham, N.C., said it has filed a certificate-of-need application for a $596 million expansion and renovation project that will add more than half a million square feet to its flagship, 761-bed Duke University Hospital. The proposal does not call for an increase in bed capacity, but 160 rooms will be renovated and converted into 96 intensive-care beds and 64 step-down beds, which serve patients making the transition from intensive care to a regular room.
Duke also proposes to add 16 operating rooms, as its current facilities are operating beyond the state of North Carolinas capacity definitions. If state regulators approve the plan, Duke said it expects to begin construction in fall 2008. -- by Vince Galloro
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