MURRAY, Ky.—Murray-Calloway County Hospital moved one step closer to its goal of becoming a regional healthcare provider after the 323-bed facility opened a five-story addition that more than doubled its size. Hospital officials cut the ribbon on the $65 million, 158,000 square foot tower on March 21. The new South Tower includes an expanded, 13-room emergency department, private patient rooms, a new radiology department and an eight-suite surgical floor. The third floor of the tower also features critical-care and progressive-care units designed to allow easy and efficient patient transfers. The hospital's original tower and the new addition are connected via a second-floor walkway, and the two buildings share a centralized registration area. Allison Sloan, spokeswoman for Murray-Calloway, said the expansion was one part of the hospital's overarching strategy to grow into a regional facility. Also, the hospital has recruited more physicians, added a 13-bed acute inpatient rehabilitation unit and plans to open a geriatric psychiatry unit. “Becoming a regional healthcare center and serving our surrounding communities is one of our main goals,” Sloan said.
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SAN ANTONIO—Christus Santa Rosa Hospital-Westover Hills broke ground last month on a medical office building next to the hospital that is scheduled to open in December. The three-story, 70,000-square-foot facility will be used for a variety of new physician specialists, including obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics, family medicine, internal medicine orthopedics, nephrology, podiatry, otolaryngology and pain management. It will be located next to the three-story, 60,000-square-foot Medical Plaza I facility that opened in December 2007. The project is expected to cost about $10 million and will offer physicians and other healthcare providers convenient access to the hospital's inpatient and outpatient services. According to Christus Santa Rosa, the population of Westover Hills is forecasted to grow by more than 15% and the number of households will increase by about 11,000 in the next five years.
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.—Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, Winston-Salem, said it has hired Summit Healthcare Group, Winston-Salem, to market the land on the hospital system's 88-acre site in Davie County, which is west of Winston-Salem. The system is planning to build a medical complex with outpatient surgery and diagnostic imaging services, as well as physician offices, in the first phase of its development of the land. A hospital could be built on the site in the second phase of development, but no final decision has been made. That complex will leave 47 acres available for businesses such as hotels, full-service restaurants, retail and professional offices. The Wake Forest system agreed to start development of the site with the medical complex in a certificate-of-need settlement with Novant Health, Winston-Salem, and the CON section of North Carolina HHS (Dec. 14, 2009, p. 20).
AUSTIN, Texas-—St. David's HealthCare said it plans to open a free-standing emergency department in Central Texas early next year. The facility will be open 24 hours a day and will feature 12 patient beds, advanced testing capabilities—such as radiological testing, including CT and ultrasound—and a medical lab. Emergency medicine physicians affiliated with St. David's HealthCare will staff the new facility, and patients who require inpatient care will be transported to area hospitals, the system said. “This gives St. David's HealthCare the unique opportunity to bring board-certified emergency room physicians with experience treating trauma-related injuries and medical emergencies to an area of Central Texas that does not already have an acute-care facility in its backyard,” Mark Clayton, senior vice president at St. David's HealthCare, said in a news release. The total cost for the project, including building and equipment, is expected to be about $8.4 million, according to St. David's HealthCare.
MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C.—A replacement hospital for 106-bed East Cooper Regional Medical Center, Mount Pleasant, opened earlier this month. The new 130-bed East Cooper Medical Center cost about $150 million to build and equip, according to a spokeswoman. The new hospital is twice as large in square feet as the old hospital and includes a 64-slice CT scanner, eight operating rooms, a Level III emergency department with helicopter landing pad, a 10-bed neonatal nursery, 14 labor and delivery rooms and 28 private postpartum rooms and a memory garden. The old hospital building is up for sale. Tenet Healthcare Corp., Dallas, owns the facilities.
WASHINGTON—A business group once hailed as a savior for a troubled District of Columbia hospital last week got booted from an ownership deal after failing to pay on a number of city-backed loans and grants. Specialty Hospitals of America, Portsmouth, N.H., failed to make loan payments in 2009 and failed to meet agreed-upon performance measures, according to legal papers filed by the attorney general for the district. In late 2007, the city approved a measure that authorized the use of $79 billion in public funds to clinch the sale of Greater Southeast Community Hospital, which later became United Medical Center. The SHA deal included a $20 million loan for working capital and $30 million for equipment upgrades. Another $29 million went for acquisition costs, which included payroll requirements for nurses and doctors who went unpaid under the previous owners, Envision Hospital Corp. The District now has control over the medical center, which will continue to provide inpatient and out-patient services. A representative from SHA did not respond to an e-mail seeking comment.
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn.—Mountain States Health Alliance said it will build a $65-million inpatient surgery center at its flagship hospital, 475-bed Johnson City Medical Center. The 16 operating rooms will be nearly twice the size of the 15 operating rooms located within the medical center. The extra space will allow the use of advances such as surgical robots, cameras and diagnostic equipment, said Tony Benton, vice president of strategic planning, in a news release. The center also will feature pre- and post-operation rooms, family waiting areas and administrative space. Construction is scheduled to begin in summer 2011. The center is scheduled to open in 2013.
MEMPHIS, Tenn.—Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare, Memphis, said it has an affiliation agreement with Bokamoso Private Hospital in Gaborone, Botswana. The 200-bed hospital was developed by OR International, New York, and opened in January, according to Methodist. The Memphis hospital system assisted the Bokamoso hospital in developing policies and procedures, clinical protocols and other operational practices.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn.—Mercy Health Partners-Tennessee, Knoxville, said it has signed an agreement with Lawler-Wood, a Knoxville-based developer, and CB Richard Ellis, a real-estate consultancy, to sell the former Baptist Hospital of East Tennessee, Knoxville, which ended emergency and inpatient services in July 2008. The nearly 23-acre campus still includes physicians' offices and diagnostic imaging services; the physicians will get at least 180 days of notice before any changes are made to their leases, according to Mercy's news release. Mercy Health Partners also announced that it will spend $2.3 million to convert a former grocery store into a center with physician offices, and imaging and diagnostic services. The system, formed by the merger of St. Mary's Health System and Baptist Health System of East Tennessee in 2008, is part of Catholic Healthcare Partners, Cincinnati.
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