Projects

Swedish Medical Center, Englewood, Colo., is moving forward on a $50 million expansion. Highlights include adding critical care beds and medical surgical beds; adding 65,000 square feet to the campus and renovating 28,000 square feet; creating 39 incremental beds that will be dedicated to the neuroscience program; constructing two additional floors to the south tower resulting in new neuroscience, medical and surgical beds; constructing a new neurocritical care unit to address more significant patient needs and volume; redesigning a lobby and entrance to the neuroscience portion of the hospital, creating a workspace for the neuroscience program to collaborate more efficiently and  purchasing an additional outpatient 3T MRI for advanced neurological imaging. Construction will begin in the fourth quarter of 2014 and is expected to take place over approximately three years.

Children's Hospital of Wisconsin will build a 30,000-square-foot clinic in Delafield, Wis. This newest clinic will provide asthma/allergy; cardiology; dermatology; ear, nose and throat; gastroenterology; orthopedics and urology specialty care; primary care; imaging, and physical and occupational therapy for children and adolescents. There also will be a lab and pharmacy. Ryan Companies US Inc. is providing development, design-build construction and real estate management services for the project. Construction on the two-story building will occur over the summer with a projected opening in late 2014.

Retirement

Judy Persichilli, former CHE Trinity Health Interim CEO retired May 1. Persichilli, president and CEO of Catholic Health East from 2010 to 2013, led the consolidation of Trinity Health and CHE and was interim CEO of the new system when the merger closed in May 2013. When Richard J. Gilfillan, M.D., became president and CEO in November 2013, Persichilli became president emeritus and served as a special adviser during the transition. She joined CHE in 2003 as the executive vice president of the Mid-Atlantic Division. She was promoted to executive vice president of acute care for the system in 2008 and then to executive vice president and chief operating officer in December 2009 before assuming the role of CEO. Previously, she was CEO at St. Francis Medical Center in Trenton, N.J.

Appointments

Julie McGovern became vice president of human resources for Anne Arundel Medical Center, Annapolis, Md., in April. McGovern was with Chilton Hospital and Atlantic Health System in New Jersey.

Transactions

Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare-Iowa joined the University of Iowa Health Alliance as its fifth organizational member. This brings additional health care providers and facilities to the alliance. The agreement does not involve a merger of assets or changes in ownership and control. Wheaton maintains its legacy and independence, and commitment to local missions and governance authorities. The organization does agree to work with other UIHA members to develop and implement evidence-based care and best practices for keeping populations healthy, as well as sharing selected support services and information technologies needed to succeed in the emerging accountable care systems and payment programs.

Duke LifePoint Healthcare announced that it will acquire Conemaugh Health System and invest more than $500 million in the organization over a decade. Conemaugh includes three hospitals, outpatient centers and physician group practices in west-central Pennsylvania.

• Kewanee (Ill.) Hospital officially became part of the OSF HealthCare system in April, and was renamed OSF Saint Luke Medical Center.