Appointments

•National eHealth Collaborative appointed Kate Berry CEO. She was senior vice president of Surescripts and executive director of the Center for Improving Medication Management.

•Gary Olson, president and CEO of St. Luke's Hospital in Chesterfield, Mo., began his one-year term as the 2011 chair of the Missouri Hospital Association Board of Trustees on Jan. 1. 

•The Joint Commission appointed Ana Pujols-McKee, M.D., executive vice president and chief medical officer, effective Feb. 14. She was CMO and associate executive director at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, University of Pennsylvania Health System in Philadelphia, and associate professor of medicine at the University Of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.

Projects

•Miami Valley Hospital South in Dayton, Ohio, will build a 200,000-square-foot, five-story expansion that will add 64 private inpatient rooms and two floors of shell space for future use. MVHS is part of Premier Health Partners. The expansion is anticipated to be completed in 2012. Gresham, Smith and Partners will provide design and consulting and Skanska/Shook will perform construction management on the Miami Valley Hospital South expansion.

•The Department of Health & Human Services, Health Resources Administration, awarded $100 million to support the expansion of the Ohio State University Medical Center in Columbus. The funds will be used for the addition of radiation oncology and associated cancer services in the new Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute slated to open in 2014.

•Salem (Oregon) Hospital began renovation of the first floor of the oldest building on its campus – known as Building B – and the Psychiatric Medicine Center on the northeast corner of the campus. The Building B project involves conversion of the former emergency department into an outpatient clinic for heart and vascular services. The Psychiatric Medicine Center is undergoing a total renovation. The two projects have a total construction cost of $10 million and involve 68,000 square feet of space. Completion of both projects is scheduled for April 2011. Turner Construction is the builder. Mahlum is the architectural and design firm.

•The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs will break ground this spring on a 32,950-square-foot Corpus Christi (Texas) Veterans Affairs Specialty Care Outpatient Clinic. Services will include cardiology, pulmonary, dermatology, endocrinology, urology, ophthalmology, dental, podiatry, pharmacy, laboratory, mental health, physical therapy, prosthetics and orthopedics.  Completion is slated for May 2012-The design/build team consists of Cadence McShane Construction Company and Rees Associates, Inc.

•Alter+Care, a developer of ambulatory medical centers, is building the $14.5 million, 54,000-square-foot St. Bernards Health & Wellness Institute at St. Bernards Medical Center in Jonesboro, Ark. Ohlson Lavoie Collaborative of Denver is the lead architect; Brackett Krennerich Architects of Jonesboro are the local architects. Nabholz Construction Services of Conway, Ark., is general contractor. Completion is scheduled for the fall of 2011.

Openings

•Kindred Healthcare Inc., Louisville, Ky., opened Kindred Hospital Springfield (Ill.) in December. The 50-bed, freestanding long-term acute care hospital includes a six-bed ,high-acuity hospital unit, four-bed dialysis room, rehabilitation gym, five bariatric rooms with ceiling lifts, three negative-pressure isolation rooms, and the ability to monitor 16 patients with telemetry equipment.

•Swedish opened a freestanding emergency department and ambulatory care center in Redmond, Wash., in December. The center encompasses nearly 85,000 square feet of space on three floors. It has 18 emergency exam rooms, an advanced diagnostic imaging center, a laboratory and offices for primary and specialty care providers.

•Norwood (Mass.) Hospital opened its $7 million 7,675-square-foot cardiac catheterization laboratories in January. This project is the first of several to be completed at the six hospitals in the Steward Health Care System, which in total account for more than 117,000 square feet and a capital investment of approximately $116 million.

•Phase I of the Dorothy Mangurian Comprehensive Women's Center at Holy Cross HealthPlex in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., was completed in the fall. Phase I of a $15 million, three-phase project is 25,000 square feet and includes the Jeane M. Dorini Women's Imaging and Diagnostic Suite and six exam rooms.