• Ernest Health Inc., Albuquerque, N.M., acquired Weslaco (Texas) Rehab Hospital, a 32-bed inpatient facility. The hospital will now operate as Weslaco Regional Rehabilitation Hospital. The hospital, which began operations in 2004, cares for more than 600 patients. Maggie Barriero will remain the hospital's chief executive officer, and Pedro McDougal, M.D., will continue as the hospital's medical director.


• Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla (Calif.) campus completed construction of the 383,000-square-foot $456 million Prebys Cardiovascular Institute and adjacent 26,000-square-foot central energy plant. The building will accommodate 59 beds on two intensive care unit levels, 108 beds on three medical surgical levels, six state-of-the-art cardiovascular and two hybrid operating rooms, and three cardiac catheterization labs. A corridor connects the basement and ground levels to the existing hospital. McCarthy was the design-assist general contractor, HOK Architects was the project architect and  Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. was the construction management. 

The Ventura (Calif.) County Medical Center's $216 million replacement wing project has topped out. It will replace a 120-bed acute care facility. The new wing will support numerous medical services, including emergency, surgery obstetrics, ICU, NICU, PICU, and imaging. It is expected to be complete in 2017. Clark Construction Group is the lead design-builder and HOK is the project architect.

Name Change

• Casa Colina Centers for Rehabilitation, Pomona, Calif., has changed its name to Casa Colina Hospital and Centers for Healthcare. The change change reflects the addition of a 31-bed medical/surgical hospital currently under construction adjacent to its acute rehabilitation unit. The new 38,220-square-foot hospital will offer six surgical intensive care unit beds; 25 private medical/surgical beds with full telemetry and patient lift systems; three surgical suites.