University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics has unveiled a 10-year expansion plan that includes a new childrens hospital and major renovations at the main hospital in Iowa City, Iowa.
The plan would cost $700 million to $850 million, hospital officials told the board of regents. Funding would come from hospital revenues and private donations, without the use of state money, officials said.
This is about the future of University of Iowa Health Care, said Jean Robillard, University of Iowa vice president for medical affairs. Its clear that we have challenges.
Robillard said the aging hospitals facilities need to be updated, especially as patient admissions increase and patient needs become more complex.
In March, hospital officials will seek regents approval to proceed with project planning, including hiring an architect and working on financing.
The regents seemed in favor of the proposal.
The plan would include building a tower for critical-care patients and making all patient rooms private. University Hospitals has 646 beds, about 400 of them semiprivate. The goal is to add 125 to 130 beds. -- by the Associated Press
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