The regents also approved a $55 million plan to renovate a health sciences library used for physician training.
The health system expansion will renovate 163,000 square feet for neurological clinical services including neurosurgery, neurology, a cranial base program, spine surgery and cerebrovascular disease treatment, according to the release. An additional 104,000 square feet of space will be renovated for offices and administration.
University Hospital operates at near 90% capacity for adults and 85% for adults admitted to intensive care, according to the health system, which added in the release that demand for capacity to treat adults admitted to the hospital has grown 3.7% per year. The system expanded its emergency department in 2011, and outpatient expansion plans call for a new location to open in 2014.