RALEIGH, N.C.—WakeMed Health & Hospitals, Raleigh, held a groundbreaking ceremony this month for its $62 million, 61-bed hospital on the north side of Raleigh, according to WakeMed. WakeMed North Hospital is being built on a site that features a freestanding ambulatory center with an emergency department and operating rooms. The hospital is a 90,000-square-foot addition to the ambulatory building and is expected to open in 2014. Initially, the hospital will focus on women's services, but WakeMed expects to expand the hospital into a full-service acute-care facility, according to a news release.
Regional News/South: WakeMed breaks ground on $62 million hospital, and other moves
TULSA, Okla.—St. Francis Health System announced it planned to build a $200 million patient tower and trauma emergency center at St. Francis Hospital. Construction on the eight-story, 500,000-square-foot project was slated to begin this fall and be completed by the summer of 2014. The building includes renovation of 50,000 square feet of existing space. Among the features of the facility are a 150-bed patient-care tower, an 85-bed trauma emergency center that includes a pediatric emergency center, a new main lobby that will connect all wings of the hospital, a new chapel and convent, clinical education rooms, and administrative and physician office space. The trauma emergency center will feature four trauma/resuscitation rooms, 12 acute/critical-care rooms, 39 adult general medicine stations, four triage stations, one decontamination room and the ability to expand to 114 clinical stations during disaster events. Two helipads also will be built. St. Francis Hospital is designated as a Level 2 trauma center that treats more than 80,000 patients annually. Plans for the new trauma and pediatric emergency centers have been designed to accommodate more than 120,000 patient visits a year.
NASHVILLE—Eight area physician practices have agreed to form a new network that will pool clinical data as a way of promoting care collaboration, according to a news release. The network will be called Health Innovation Specialists. The data pooling will lead to benchmarks to measure the quality of care provided by the eight practices, according to Dr. Charles Eckstein, chairman of the network. HIS includes physicians in anesthesiology, general surgery, neurosurgery, obstetrics and gynecology, orthopedics, otolaryn-gology, radiology and urology. These physicians practice at most of the hospitals in the Nashville area. HIS also will look for ways to make the shift from fee-for-service reimbursement to value-based payment methods that reward physicians for high-quality care.
HOLLY SPRINGS, N.C.—North Carolina regulators have approved certificates of need for 101 new beds in Wake County, according to the two systems that received the beds in separate CONs. The North Carolina Division of Health Service Regulation granted a CON to Rex Healthcare, Raleigh, N.C., to build a 50-bed hospital in Holly Springs for $126.8 million, according to Rex, which is part of UNC Health Care, Chapel Hill. Barring appeals of the CON, the hospital could open in 2014. Construction of an outpatient center on the site is nearing completion for a planned opening in December. The CON regulator also granted WakeMed Health & Hospitals, Raleigh, approval to add 22 beds to its Cary, N.C., hospital campus and 29 beds at its main campus in Raleigh, according to a WakeMed spokeswoman. WakeMed had asked for 79 beds at the main campus. No decision has been made on whether to appeal the rulings, a WakeMed spokeswoman said. Separately, Rex Healthcare also won CON approval for a $252.3 million, 115-bed replacement tower on its main campus in Raleigh. The project also will consolidate Rex's heart and vascular services in a single location. Novant Health, Winston-Salem, N.C., applied for a CON to build a 50-bed hospital in Holly Springs. A spokeswoman said the system is still reviewing the CON decisions.
DALLAS—University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center held a foundation-laying ceremony Oct. 11 for its new $800 million University Hospital, expected to open in 2015. The 12-floor hospital will feature 460 all-private rooms; office and support space for clinical researchers; an integrated electronic health records system; robotics in the operating rooms; an on-site education center for family members and patients; in-room monitors that will allow patients and their caregivers to review charts and images such as X-rays, CT scans, and MRIs; and in-room video-conferencing will enable patients to communicate virtually with members of their care team or family and friends, according to a news release. The building will include: 72 adult ICU rooms; 30 neonatal ICU rooms; 27 surgical suites; 16 labor and delivery rooms; 12 cardiac catheterization, electrophysiology, and interventional radiology procedure rooms; and six endoscopy rooms. A building campaign seeks to raise $200 million in support of the hospital, while UT Southwestern physicians have committed $200 million of clinical earnings to support the project, according to the release.
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