SEATTLESwedish Medical Center opened a $140 million orthopedic institute. The 372,000-square-foot facility has 11 stories, including four floors of underground parking, in downtown Seattle. Dedicated to diagnosis and treatment of orthopedic and spine conditions, the institute has 84 inpatient beds, 10 orthopedic operating rooms and other services such as an outpatient pharmacy. The facility is designed more like a labor and delivery model than a traditional hospital settingwith private suites for families, wireless Internet access, DVD players and flat-screen televisions plus common areas for socializing and movement to facilitate recovery, according to the hospital.
FONTANA, Calif.Kaiser Permanente said it plans to build a new 314-bed,
$700 million hospital on its Fontana Medical Center campus. The seven story 482,000-square-foot facility will be joined by a 55,700-square-foot center for ancillary services and will replace the existing hospital in order to meet state seismic requirements. Expected to open in the fall of 2013, the hospital will have a cardiac center, a 51-bed emergency department and will use new green construction and architecture to serve San Bernardino County members in Californias Inland Empire east of Los Angeles.
PARADISE, Calif.Feather River Hospital reopened its doors after being forced to close for 10 days because of wildfires in Northern California. The 46-bed facility began to reopen July 18 after two state regulatory agencies conducted a four-hour inspection and determined it was safe. The hospital closed all inpatient services on July 8 and transferred 38 patients to two other regional medical centers. About 100 hospital staff worked for the past week to clean floors, carpets and furniture throughout the 80,000-square-foot hospital to prepare for the reopening. The hospital, which is part of the not-for-profit Adventist Health system, replaced about 1,000 air filters and recertified hundreds of medical devices. Thousands in the rural Northern California region evacuated during threat of the so-named Camp Fire, which burned at least 53,000 acres and destroyed 80 homes. Its been a long 10 days, Wayne Ferch, Feather River Hospital president and chief executive officer, said in a written statement. Were thrilled to be able to start caring for our hospital patients again and get our team back to work.
OAKLAND, Calif.Childrens Hospital & Research Center earlier this month laid off 84 employees, blaming state Medicaid cuts and a downturn in the economy. Among those who lost their jobs were physicians, nurses, clinical workers and office staff. The hospital also reduced some outpatient services, and says that the cuts will save about
$10 million annually. The hospital has more than 2,600 employees. Its a challenging time for pediatric healthcare providers, Frank Tiedemann, president and chief executive officer, said in a written statement. But challenges lead to opportunities, making this an appropriate time for us to realign programs and services that will make us more effective and financially stable. About 67% of the hospitals patients are covered by Medicaidknown as Medi-Cal in the stateand Tiedemann said reimbursements for outpatient care are well below the cost of providing those services. On July 1, a 10% Medi-Cal provider rate cut went into effect, and California physicians, hospitals and pharmacists are suing the state to halt it.