ARDMORE, Okla.Two-hospital Mercy Health System of Oklahoma, Oklahoma City, last month broke ground on a
$60 million patient tower at the systems 145-bed Mercy Memorial Health Center in Ardmore. Expected to open in February 2010, the new patient tower will house 158 private rooms, a womens health center, an improved intensive-care unit, a new entrance and additional parking. A spokeswoman for Mercy Memorial said the construction is needed to update the facility, which is more than 50 years old. Mercy Memorial is a member of both the Mercy Health System and the Sisters of Mercy Health System, Chesterfield, Mo.
ORLANDO, Fla.The Nemours Foundation said Florida regulators signed off on a deal that ends objections to Nemours proposed childrens hospital by rivals Orlando Regional Healthcare and Florida Hospital. The Florida Agency for Health Care Administration, which regulates hospital construction under a certificate-of-need process, twice rejected Nemours $267 million hospital before approving it in June 2007. Under the deal, three-hospital Orlando Regional and 1,834-bed Florida Hospital agreed to drop efforts to appeal Nemours winning bid. Nemours agreed to donate $3.5 million over 10 years to support safety net pediatric care through a federally qualified health center or primary-care access network. Nemours will give another $1 million to two Orlando Regional childrens health programs, pending federal approval. The pediatric provider also agreed to seek Florida approval for pediatric rehabilitation services, including a child and adolescent behavioral health program with a dedicated psychiatric and substance-abuse treatment unit. Nemours must operate each program five years under the deal. State regulators also attached strings when approving Nemours CON, including a guarantee that at least 54% of its patient days be for patients covered by Medicaid or charity care.
RICHARDSON, TexasRockwall Hospitals and Cottonwood Partners, a real estate investment and development firm with offices in Dallas and Salt Lake City, said they have purchased the land to build a 117,000-square foot general, acute-care hospital in Sunnyvale, Texas. Construction on the $68 million project is expected to begin in late February 2008 and the hospitalto be known as Texas Regional Medical Center at Sunnyvaleis scheduled to open in spring 2009. The facility will be located on a 29-acre campus east of downtown Dallas and include 70 beds, 53 medical-surgical suites and a womens center with labor-and-delivery suites and postpartum rooms. Rockwall Hospitals partners with physician-owners in general acute-care, physician-owned projects. It is an affiliate of Cottonwood Partners.
GAINESVILLE, Ga.Northeast Georgia Medical Center broke ground on a new facility dubbed Medical Park 1. Construction is expected to be completed by February 2009. The three-story, 90,000-square-foot building will house an imaging center and physician offices. All of the outpatient imaging services will be consolidated in the new location, including MRI, CT scans, nuclear medicine, plain films, fluoroscopy and X-ray. There also will be a separate womens center for digital mammography, breast MRI, ultrasound and bone density studies. The 133-bed medical center, part of the Northeast Georgia Health System, expects to finish its north patient tower in early 2009 as well. Medical Park 1 and the patient tower will share similar architectural design, using glass, metal panels and stacked stone.