Mercy will build a new 825,000-square-foot hospital in Joplin, Mo., to replace St. John's Mercy Regional Medical Center, which was demolished in an EF-5 tornado in May 2011.  The new, larger hospital has a construction budget of $335 million and initially will have 261 inpatient beds, but can expand to 309. Plans include medical surgical, critical care, women's/children's, behavioral health and rehab. McCarthy Building Companies Inc. is construction manager.  The architectural firms of Archimages and HKS are part of the integrated team effort, with Heideman & Associates as the MEP Engineer.

The University of Connecticut Health Center, Farmington, Conn., will build a new tower for the John Dempsey Hospital that will include 169 new private patient rooms, a new operating room suite and a new emergency department.  Renovations include cardiology, psychiatry and other ancillary programs such as radiology and pharmacy services. The projects are two critical elements of Bioscience Connecticut, a comprehensive plan approved by the General Assembly last spring to advance bioscience innovations, meet the health care needs of Connecticut's future and improve access to state-of-the-art care. research enterprise. HKS Inc./Steffian Bradley Architects, a joint venture, is providing design services for hospital construction and renovation projects.

•St. Francis Hospital will expand and renovate its facility in Columbus, Ga. The $115 million expansion includes a four-story clinical services building and a five-story medical office building. The new clinical services building will house a dedicated cardiovascular surgical unit with four labs, a special procedures room, a nuclear medicine suite and 30 prep and recovery bays. The medical office building will house the Cardiac and Women's Centers of Excellence and include a new 324-seat auditorium. Renovation of the main hospital will result in an expanded ED, including 20 new patient treatment rooms, and an expanded surgical suite. Work is expected to be completed in August 2013. Skanska is in charge of construction.

Construction is expected to start in July on a Adventist Health's $61.2 million Frank R. Howard Memorial Hospital in Willits, Calif. Designs for the 75,000-square-foot, two-story hospital include an ED with eight exam/treatment rooms, four intensive care beds, laboratory, helipad, 21-bed medical/surgical unit, endoscopy room, surgical suite with four operating rooms, physical therapy room, pharmacy and 10 pre- and post-operation beds. HBE Corp., St. Louis will provide the architecture, engineering services, construction and site work on the project, which is expected to be completed in March 2014.

The North Broward Hospital District Board of Commissioners approved a $70 million plan to renovate and update the North Broward Health Medical Center in Deerfield Beach, Fla. It will include a new ED, operating rooms and exterior. NBMC also anticipates converting 36 rooms into single-bed rooms for a total of 85 private rooms.

•Endless Mountains Health Systems broke ground Jan. 20 for a critical access hospital replacement facility in Montrose, Pa. The first phase is a three-story, 71,600-square-foot building that will include emergency medicine, imaging, laboratory, surgery and inpatient beds. The building is expected to be completed in the second quarter of 2013. The facility was designed by Stratton Brook Associates LLC of West Simsbury, Conn. Construction management services are being provided by Sordoni Construction Services of Forty Fort, Pa.

Kettering Health Network announced the completion of the $120 million, 276,000-square-foot Indu & Raj Soin Medical Center, Beavercreek, Ohio. It was designed by HOK and Jain Malkin and Danis Building Construction was the construction manager.

A dedication ceremony marked the formal opening of the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md. in November. Created through the Base Realignment and Closure Act of 2005, WRNMMC consolidated the services of Washington, D.C.'s Walter Reed Army Medical Center to the campus of the National Naval Medical Center. The $826 million project included approximately 750,000 square feet of new construction, 450,000 square feet of renovations, and infrastructure improvements. The design-build team comprised Clark/Balfour Beatty, a joint venture, and designer-of-record HKS Architects. The initial concept design was developed by AECOM and HOK Architects.

•The North Shore-LIJ Health System celebrated the completion of the largest expansion project in the health system's history -- a 10-story glass tower featuring 162 single-bed rooms with hotel-like accommodations. The $300 million project—featuring the Zuckerberg Pavilion and Katz Women's Hospital—was scheduled to open to the public in January after more than three years of construction. With its glass facade and hallways the length of a football field, the 300,000-square-foot tower single-handedly transforms the 1950's appearance of the 57-year-old hospital in New Hyde Park, NY. Among the many new enhancements are a meditation center, women's garden, reflecting pool, wellness boutique, an education room, and patient and family resource center. The 57,000-square-foot Zuckerberg Pavilion will serve as the new entrance for all LIJ services. It includes a two-story lobby and 60 new single-bed surgical rooms on the eighth and ninth floors for orthopedic, urological and cardiovascular patients, as well as a physical therapy gym. With its own separate entrance, the Katz Women's Hospital features a range of maternity and gynecological surgery services on four floors. Housing one of the busiest maternity programs in New York State with more than 5,000 babies delivered annually, it includes 88 private patient rooms and 14 labor and delivery rooms, as well as four operating rooms, newborn nurseries and other specialty services. In May, North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset opened the first phase of the Katz Women's Hospital on that campus — a $50 million expansion and modernization project that features 73 private rooms.

Phoebe Putney Health System and KLMK Group Inc., opened the Phoebe Sumter Medical Center in Americus, Ga. The new replacement hospital campus is located on a 282-acre, green-field site with three specialty clinic buildings totaling 52,000 square feet. The 76-bed hospital is 183,000 square feet featuring all private. Phoebe Sumter Medical Center is working to obtain a LEED Silver Certification. KLMK Group has worked with architect Gresham Smith & Partners and construction manager, Brasfield & Gorrie, to complete the new facilities.

St. Joseph's Children's Hospital Pediatric Care Center and Women's Health Center, part of St. Joseph's Healthcare System, completed a 3,500-square-foot satellite medical facility in Hoboken, N.J. Del-Sano Contracting Corp. completed the construction project.

•Pacific Medical Buildings will construct a $27.5 million, four-story, 80,000-square-foot medical office building on Sutter Health's new Eden Medical Center campus in Castro Valley, Calif.  The MOB will be connected on all four floors to the $320 million, 130-bed, 230,000-square-foot acute care Eden Medical Center, which is now under construction. The new Eden Medical Center will replace a 53-year-old hospital. The MOB will be 100 percent leased and occupied by Eden Medical Center and the Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation. The project is a joint venture with Ventas Inc., a Chicago-based real estate investment trust. PMB will develop, own and operate the MOB.

St. Bernards Health & Wellness Institute at St. Bernards Medical Center in Jonesboro, Ark., celebrated its grand opening on Jan. 11. The $14.5 million, 54,000-square-foot facility includes an indoor aquatics center, spa services, indoor walk/jog track, group exercise, Pilates and yoga rooms, and cardio and strength-training equipment. Several clinical departments are integrated with the wellness programs, including the Center for Weight Loss and Diabetes Management; cardiac rehabilitation; outpatient physical therapy; sports medicine; and sports performance programs. Alter+Care developed the facility.


Capella Healthcare, Franklin, Tenn., closed Hartselle Medical Center in Alabama Jan. 31. Hartselle Medical Center, licensed for 150 beds, averaged fewer than eight medical-surgical patients and 13 to 15 psychiatric patients per day.


The Joint Commission announced the incoming Board of Commissioners for 2012, and the board's decision to make the three field representatives for long-term care, behavioral health care and home care full voting members. Previously, the field representatives voted on board committees, but not at the full board. The seven new members include health care executive John A. Babiarz, COO, ARAMARK Healthcare, a public member on the board; L.D. Britt, M.D., appointed by the American College of Surgeons; Albert J. Osbahr III, M.D., and Stephen R. Permut, M.D., both appointed by the American Medical Association; David Pryor, M.D., appointed by the American Hospital Association; and David Henry Perrott, D.D.S., M.D., appointed by the American Dental Association. In addition, Joan M. Doyle, R.N., executive director, Penn Home Care and Hospice Services, University of Pennsylvania Health System, Philadelphia, will represent the home care field as a commissioner.  Current behavioral health care field representative Michael F. Hogan, commissioner, New York State Office of Mental Health, and current long-term care field representative Connie S. March, R.N., president and CEO, Provena Life Connections, will become full voting members of the board.