Baylor College of Medicine will suspend construction on its new hospital project once the exterior is completed next year, citing the economic crisis. The Houston-based medical school broke ground on the new campus in May 2007. It had been scheduled to open in early 2011. The first building on the new 35-acre campus opened last November and includes ambulatory surgery services. But Baylors board of trustees decided at the end of March that it would not move forward with interior buildout of the new Baylor Hospital and Clinic once the exterior is completed, expected in spring 2010. The suspension will likely last for several months, officials say. Baylor College of Medicine is not abandoning the hospital, William Butler, M.D., Baylors interim president, says in a statement. The decision to pause construction is based on external economic factors. If the economic situation improves before the construction is suspended or any time during the pause, we have built in the flexibility to reverse this decision and continue on with the project as originally scheduled. The planned 11-story, 250-bed hospital will also house research, education and faculty. Baylor set a fundraising target of $1 billion for the project.Submit a letter to the Modern Physician Reader Blog. Please include your name, title, company and hometown. Modern Physician reserves the right to edit all submissions.
Costs delay Baylor med school's plans for new hospital
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