• Joseph E. Parrillo, M.D., became chairman of Hackensack (N.J.) University Medical Center's Heart &Vascular Hospital in October. He was professor and chairman of the Department of Medicine at Cooper Medical School of Rowan University, chief of the Department of Medicine, the Edward D. Viner chair of the Department of Medicine and director of Cooper Heart Institute at Cooper University Hospital in Camden, N.J.
• Cecil B. Wilson, M.D., former American Medical Association president, became president of the World Medical Association at its October general assembly meeting in Bangkok, Thailand. The WMA comprises of 100 national medical associations.
• Sinai Health System and Holy Cross Hospital signed a definitive agreement for Holy Cross to join the Sinai System at the end of this year. They are neighboring institutions in Chicago. Holy Cross Hospital, currently sponsored by the Sisters of St. Casimir, will retain its Catholic identity.
• The merger of 421-bed South Jersey Healthcare, Vineland, N.J., and 305-bed Underwood Memorial Hospital, Woodbury, N.J., has received federal approval.
• Children's Hospital of Richmond (Va.) at VCU began construction in September on an $80 million, 640,000-square-foot Children's Pavilion that will include exam rooms; a surgical area with operating and procedure rooms; areas for diagnostic testing, imaging and lab services; and faculty offices. The project is slated for completion in August 2015. Skanska USA is the construction contractor.
• Sanford Children's Clinic in Klamath Falls, Ore., opened its doors, providing pediatric specialty services including primary and walk-in services all under one roof. The new Castle of Care officially opened on Oct. 1. The 9,000-square-foot facility was made possible by partnerships in the local community, including Sky Lakes Medical Center, the Jeld-Wen Foundation and Klamath Pediatric Clinic. The clinic will be staffed by local pediatricians and will be in cooperation with Sky Lakes Medical Center for hospital and ancillary services. The Sanford Children's Clinic in Klamath Falls is part of Sanford World Clinic, an initiative outlined after a donation from South Dakota businessman and philanthropist Denny Sanford in 2007. A portion of the donation is being used to establish a network of Sanford Children's Clinics in communities around the world in order to increase access to pediatric care.
• Good Samaritan Hospital, Kearney, Neb., in September celebrated the grand opening of the West Tower expansion, a project that expands the regional referral facility by more than 120,000 square feet. Also serving as the new home of the Ron and Carol Cope Heart Center, the expansion includes new surgical suites and surgical support departments, new endoscopy suites, and a new cafeteria and dining area. The new heart center consolidates many of the cardiac services offered at Good Samaritan, including outpatient testing, diagnostic and interventional catheterizations, and open heart surgery, into one location. AECOM was planner, architect, interior designer, MEP and structural engineer, and construction manager at risk.
• Community Health Network, Indianapolis, broke ground for the new Community Regional Cancer Center-South on the campus of Community Hospital South. The $24 million, 65,000-square-foot facility will include three-stories dedicated to patient treatment, group support and physician offices; treatment areas for radiation oncology, medical oncology; a pharmacy and a laboratory; a healing garden; and room for future growth. The architect for the project is BSA Life Structures. The center will open in the fall of 20