CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.St. Francis Medical Center said it plans to build a combined center for cancer and heart care on its campus at a cost of $84 million. The center will be financed through a combination of bonds and hospital reserves. The centers heart hospital will include 10 intensive-care beds and 10 acute-care beds as well as 16 recovery bays, all specially designed for cardiac patients. The cancer institute will include 10 acute-care beds. Overall, the center will add a net of eight beds to the 254-bed hospital. The project may require certificate-of-need approval for its added cardiac catheterization laboratories; if necessary, an application will be made about one year after construction begins, which is expected to occur in late summer or fall, according to the hospital. The construction is expected to last for 3½ years, with an opening expected in 2011.
ST. PAUL, Minn.The Minnesota Department of Health deemed a planned psychiatric hospital in Woodbury, Minn., as not in the public interest in a report to state lawmakers. Minnesotas Legislature must approve new hospitals or expanded bed capacity under a moratorium on such construction. Proposals must undergo a public interest review by the states health department under a 2004 law. The proposed 96-bed hospital, to be built by Fargo, N.D.-based Prairie St. Johns, would add unnecessary capacity, the according to the report. Plans call for the hospital to expand to 144 beds after five years. Hospitals in the Twin Cities have or will add 32 psychiatric beds and four chemical dependency beds this year and state investments in crisis services are expected to curb demand for hospital care. Even if current strategies to reduce the current need for hospitalization do not succeed, Prairie St. Johns proposal seeks legislative approval to add capacity in an amount that is as much as three to four times the level of documented need for additional services in the Twin Cities, according to the report. Building a new facility would have a negative financial impact on hospitals existing psychiatric and chemical-dependency treatment hospitals and strain the workforce, the health department concluded.
CINCINNATIThe Greater Cincinnati Health Council launched a public Web site that shares data on quality measures for
20 participating hospitals. The sitegchchospitalquality.orgshows consumers how individual hospitals compare with state and national benchmarks and one another in their adherence to care guidelines for heart attacks, heart failure and pneumonia, as well as average length of stay and mortality figures for nine conditions. The participating hospitals represent about two-thirds of the general acute-care members of the council, which has been collecting the data in an ongoing quality initiative in partnership with the Ohio Hospital Association. Until now, the information was shared only with members for the purpose of helping them improve their performance, and the data show improvement in 2006 compared with 2005, according to the council.