Peter J. Pronovost, M.D., a professor of anesthesiology and critical care medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, was named director of the newly established Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality at Johns Hopkins. He also was named Johns Hopkins Medicine's senior vice president for patient safety and quality.

•The Institute for Healthcare Improvement, Cambridge, Mass., appointed Gail Ockerbloom Freeman vice president for marketing and communications. Freeman was senior director of corporate marketing and senior manager of Americas enterprise marketing at RSA.


•The National Patient Safety Foundation, in conjunction with the National Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems, awarded the 2011 Patient Safety Initiative at America's Public Hospitals Leadership Award to Harborview Medical Center, Seattle, for its work in fall prevention.


Methodist Hospital, Omaha, Neb., dedicated its 42,000-square-foot Pathology Center-Schenken Pavilion in June.

•The Tuskegee campus of the Central Alabama Veterans Health Care System has undertaken an $8.98 million, 20,885-square-foot expansion of its mental health department. Stegenga + Partners formed a joint venture with Willow Design Inc. to design the project.

CJW Medical Center's Johnston-Willis Hospital, part of the HCA Virginia Health System, expanded its neurological intensive care unit from six to 12 beds. Gresham, Smith and Partners designed the new unit.

Parkland Health & Hospital System, Dallas, broke ground on the newest of its 12 community-oriented primary care health centers, a 33,000-square-foot facility set to open in October 2012 in Grand Prairie, Texas. The health center will provide pediatric, adult, geriatric and women's health care, as well as support services.

•Ground will be broken July 23 for the PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center in Friday Harbor, Wash., on San Juan Island. The facility replaces San Juan's existing rural clinic, and will include a 10-bed critical access hospital, an expanded primary care and specialty clinic, an enhanced diagnostic services center, a cancer care center and a 24-hour emergency room. It is scheduled to open in late 2012.

•HCA's TriStar Health System assumed full ownership of the former Emory Eastside Medical Center in Snellville, Ga., and renamed it Eastside Medical Center on April 1. The first phase of a $12 million emergency department expansion was completed on April 18. Duke Realty, Indianapolis, opened the two-story, 40,162-square-foot New Hampton Place medical office building on the campus. The first physician-tenants began seeing patients May 2. The Indianapolis-based commercial real estate firm developed, financed and owns the building, and is also responsible for leasing and property management.