CHICAGO—Rush University Medical Center opened a new five-story orthopedic building to patients last week. The 200,000-square-foot structure, part of the 681-bed hospital's broader plan to modernize its campus near the city's downtown, includes 60 examination rooms, six X-ray suites, an imaging center, physical and occupational therapy facilities, orthotic and prosthetic services, and the research laboratories of the orthopedic surgery department. Rush is seeking silver certification under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program for the $75 million building, which incorporates recycled construction materials, environmentally friendly paints and sealants, and a green roof designed to reduce storm runoff. The centerpiece of the “Rush Transformation” is a similarly environmentally minded $575 million, 14-story hospital expansion under construction since September 2008 and expected to be finished in 2012.
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JOPLIN, Mo.—Sisters of Mercy Health System, Chesterfield, Mo., completed its acquisition of 357-bed St. John's Regional Medical Center, Joplin, Mo., from Denver-based Catholic Health Initiatives. Terms were not disclosed. The deal between the two Roman Catholic systems was first announced in May. The hospital was the only one that CHI operated in Missouri and is one of five hospitals that CHI might divest this year (Sept. 14, p. 10). The Joplin facility brings Sisters of Mercy its ninth hospital in Missouri, for a total of 19 in four states. With the closing of the deal, Gary Pulsipher rejoins Mercy as president and CEO of the hospital, as previously reported.
FARGO, N.D.—The board of trustees for MeritCare Health System, Fargo, approved an agreement Nov. 2 to merge with Sanford Health, Sioux Falls, S.D. The Sanford board had reportedly approved the deal the previous week, and North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem also blessed the deal Oct. 29. The new system will be led by Sanford President and CEO Kelby Krabbenhoft, and the Associated Press has reported that MeritCare's first and only CEO, Roger Gilbertson, will retire. In July, both systems announced that they had signed a letter of intent to form a “merger of equals” and create Sanford Health-MeritCare. Krabbenhoft called the deal a “true merger” and said “there was no exchange of money,” though attorney fees, travel expenses and other related costs added up to around $700,000. “You're looking at one of the all-time econo-mergers,” he said. MeritCare owns 414-bed MeritCare Medical Center in Fargo and manages four hospitals in North Dakota and Minnesota. Sanford Health owns or leases 14 hospitals and manages another nine hospitals.
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