•Baptist Health President and CEO Hugh Greene was installed as the Florida Hospital Association's 2011-2012 chair. Greene is also on the Long Range Planning Committee of the American Hospital Association and is chair of the Jacksonville Regional Chamber of Commerce.
•Mark McKenna, the former president and CEO of Novation, Irving, Texas, died Oct. 21 of cancer. He was 62. He led the group purchasing organization from 1999 until his retirement in 2006. McKenna was a member of the joint venture team that formed Novation through discussions between VHA Inc. and the University HealthSystem Consortium (UHC) in 1997. After retiring from Novation, he joined the board of directors of Suture Express, Sterilmed Inc., Patton Surgical, Life Nexus and he was a trustee at the University of Dallas. Prior to working for VHA and Novation, McKenna held sales and marketing positions at Johnson & Johnson and the American Hospital Supply Corp.
•Community Memorial Hospital broke ground on a six-story, 325,000-square-foot hospital that will be built next to the current hospital in Ventura, Calif. The new CMH will have 250 private rooms, a larger emergency room and greater imaging capability. It also will have additional heart catheterization labs, expanded intensive care and cardiac care recovery units, a larger Level III neonatal ICU and 10 surgical theaters. HBE, St. Louis, was selected for the design-build of the hospital, which is scheduled to open in 2015.
•ProMedica and the University of Toledo have committed to the development of a $36 million Interprofessional Immersive Simulation Center. The IISC will be housed in a three-story facility slated to open in 2012 on UT's Health Science Campus. The IISC will comprise three integrated simulation centers: a progressive anatomy and surgical skills center, an advanced simulation center and the virtual immersive reality center.
•North Shore LIJ's Southside Hospital has completed the health system's first tertiary facility in Suffolk County. Within the existing 3,500-square-foot surgery suite, consisting of eight operating rooms and support space, the program began with the upgrade of two existing operating rooms from standard surgical procedures to low-temperature cardiac surgical suites, followed by an emergency power essential electrical and medical gas infrastructure upgrade in all eight existing operating rooms. Earlier this year, two new cardiac surgery operating rooms were completed. Most recently, AKF Group LLC provided mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire/life safety engineering and LEED certification services for a new, $5 million, hybrid operatory suite, expanding the operatory suite to 6,000 square feet. Hybrid ORs combine conventional operating room capability with endovascular imaging, allowing complex cases, which may require a combination of procedures from multiple specialists, to be completed in a single operating room.
•The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center will invest nearly $300 million to create the Center for Innovative Science. Scheduled to be completed in 2014, the center will focus on personalized medicine and the biology of cancer and aging, with the goal of developing new understandings of disease to improve patient outcomes while reducing over-diagnosis and unnecessary treatments. The 350,000-square-foot center will support 375 new scientific and administrative jobs. Construction of the Center for Innovative Science is expected to cost $294 million, with UPMC also contributing to annual operating expenses.
•St. Joseph Health System will build a new patient tower, parking structure and central utility plant at the St. Jude Medical Center in Fullerton, Calif. Part of the medical center's multi-phased master plan, the $285.4 million project includes construction of a 200,000-square-foot, four-story acute care building with a connecting bridge to the existing hospital.
•Genesis HealthCare System unveiled plans for a $125 million facilities enhancement program. The new medical center will be built on the grounds of Bethesda Hospital in Zanesville, Ohio. Initial plans call for a new patient care tower attached to a completely renovated Bethesda Hospital building to create a single medical center. A new outpatient cancer center and medical office building will also be built on the campus. The addition will include an emergency/trauma department, intensive care unit, heart center, operating rooms and inpatient rooms. The new facility will include 260 all-private patient rooms. The expanded medical center will include centers of excellence for heart and vascular, cancer, orthopedics, women's health, neuroscience and trauma/emergency. The design process will be complete in late 2012, and construction will begin at that time. The new medical center is scheduled to open in early 2015.
•Fort Belvoir (Va.) Community Hospital was dedicated in October by the Department of Defense. At more than 1.2 million square feet, nearly triple the size of the facility it replaced, FBCH is one of the largest hospitals in the Department of Defense network and will serve as the model for modern military health care. The architectural team of HDR/Dewberry designed and the Turner Gilbane Joint Venture constructed the facility.
•St. Francis Hospital, Columbus, Ga., broke ground on the hospital's $110 million renovation and construction project in October. Construction of two new four-story towers will add more than 375,000 square feet to the hospital's main campus. The tower adjacent to the current facility will house a dedicated cardiovascular surgical unit with four catheterization labs, a special procedures room, a nuclear medicine suite and 30 prep and recovery bays. It will expand the number of private rooms to 248. An ENT center of excellence will also be located in the building. The second tower will house the cardiac and women's centers of excellence and include a new 324-seat auditorium, named in honor of Sara Ruth Carroll, a long-time member of the hospital's auxiliary. Renovation of the main hospital will result in expanded emergency services, including 20 new patient treatment rooms and an expanded surgical suite with five new operating rooms. Skanska USA will complete the hospital's new construction and renovation by August 2013.