Appointments

•David Blumenthal, M.D., was named the next president of the Commonwealth Fund. He will succeed Karen Davis on Jan. 1, 2013. Blumenthal, currently Samuel O. Thier Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and chief health information and innovation officer at Partners Healthcare System in Boston, also was elected to the fund's board of directors. He currently is the chairman of the Commonwealth Fund Commission on a High Performance Health System.

Sheridan Healthcare Inc., Sunrise, Fla., promoted Tony Andrulonis, M.D., to vice president of the division of emergency services. He was national medical director of practice development for emergency services. Sheridan Healthcare is a hospital-based, multispecialty practice management company that provides comprehensive service-line management for emergency medicine, radiology, neonatology and other pediatric subspecialties and is the leading anesthesia services provider in the country.

Acquisitions, Affiliations

On Sept. 1, Alegent Creighton Health became the name of the new affiliation between Alegent Health and Creighton University. Alegent is on track to close on the acquisition of Creighton University Medical Center, the long-term strategic affiliation with Creighton University and the academic affiliation that will make Alegent hospitals and clinics the primary teaching sites for the schools of health sciences. As part of the strategic affiliation, Creighton University's physician practice, Creighton Medical Associates, will become Alegent Health Clinic

•Cookeville (Tenn.) Regional Medical Center and Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, announced an affiliation agreement that opens the way for joint centers of excellence, educational programs, clinical research collaborations and the development of new information technology tools. It also creates a pathway for collaboration on a broad range of clinical services including trauma care, neurology and neuro-intervention, rheumatology, pediatrics, neonatology and other highly specialized fields of medicine.

Openings

•St. Mary's Healthcare System for Children, Bayside, N.Y., opened a $114 million patient pavilion in September. It will include a rehabilitation wing with expanded indoor and outdoor rehab space, community areas to foster healing and family suites.

•Children's of Alabama dedicated the Benjamin Russell Hospital for Children in June, signaling the completion of the $400 million facility. The expansion makes Children's of Alabama the third-largest pediatric hospital in the country. The 12-story hospital is named in honor of Benjamin Russell, the founder of the company that became Russell Corp. in Alexander City. Benjamin Russell's grandson, Ben Russell, and his wife, Luanne, gave a $25 million donation for the new structure.

•The $60 million Sanford (S.D) Aberdeen Medical Center officially opened in July. It has three floors and 48-beds and connects to the existing Sanford Health Aberdeen Clinic. It is a full-service regional hospital that includes adult and pediatric care, labor and delivery, critical care, cardiac cath lab, inpatient and outpatient surgical and procedural areas, inpatient and outpatient therapies as well as an emergency department.

Advocate BroMenn Medical Center, Normal, Ill. opened its a 79,000-square-foot patient tower in June. It houses the community hospital's obstetrics, progressive care and intensive care units. The opening of the tower was the final piece in Advocate BroMenn's $53.5 million, multi-year facility replacement project. The project was designed by architectural design firm VOA Associates Inc.

Project

•Akron (Ohio) Children's Hospital will launch a $200 million expansion of its campus in spring 2013. The centerpiece will include; a new neonatal intensive care unit with individual patient/family rooms, a new emergency department, dedicated outpatient surgical suites and dedicated space for several of the hospital's pediatric subspecialty programs. The companies assisting Akron Children's with project management include: the Boldt Company, Appleton, Wis.; Hasenstab Architects Inc., Akron; KLMK Group, Richmond, Va.; HKS Inc., Dallas, Texas; and the Welty Building Co., Akron. Construction will be completed in 2015.

•Inova Health System began construction in September on the 665,000 square-foot Inova Women's Hospital & Children's Hospital. The $215 million project comprises a 12-story tower with 192 patient rooms on four floors, a 108-bed neonatal intensive care unit, 33 labor and delivery rooms, six C-section suites and eight operating rooms. The Inova Children's Hospital will occupy three floors of the building and will include 116 private pediatric rooms. Clark Construction Group, Bethesda, Md., is the general contractor and Wilmot Sanz Inc., Gaithersburg, Md., is the architect. Construction expected to be completed in September 2015.

Long Beach (Calif.) Memorial began construction of its $31 million MemorialCare Todd Cancer Institute Pavilion. The project will transform 65,000-square-feet on the second and third floors of an existing four-level administration. The new pavilion is scheduled to open early in the summer of 2013. McCarthy Building Companies Inc. is the general contractor.

Holland (Mich.) Hospital began construction in August of a new wing for the orthopedic and neurological departments. The plan adds 24 private beds and is designed with the capacity to expand vertically with two more floors. Matthei & Colin Associates designed it.

Saint Louis University Hospital began construction on a $1.7 million outpatient bone marrow transplant center located within the Saint Louis University Cancer Center. The 9,900-square-foot facility will be fully operational in the fall of 2012. McGrath & Associates Inc. is the general contractor and Fox Architects is the architect.

•The Illinois Health Facilities Services and Review Board approved Centegra Health System's plan for a 128-bed hospital in Huntley. It is anticipated that Centegra Hospital-Huntley will treat its first patients in 2016. It will have 100 medical-surgical beds, an eight-bed intensive care unit, a full-service emergency department with a Level II trauma center, Level II special care nursery, noninvasive cardiology services, a helipad and a dedicated women's center.

•The Winchester, Va.-based nonprofit health system Valley Health chose Hammes Company as owner representative and project manager for three new critical access hospital projects. Two of the CAH hospitals recently opened and the third is set to open in the first quarter of 2014. The projects are: War Memorial Hospital, a two-story, 87,000-square-foot facility in Berkeley Springs, W.Va.; Hampshire Memorial Hospital, a two-and-a-half story, 88,000-square-foot facility. in Romney, W.Va.; and Page Memorial Hospital, a two-story, 67,000-square-foot replacement facility in Luray, Va. The architect for all three hospitals is the Washington, D.C., office of Perkins+Will. The general contractor on War Memorial Hospital and Hampshire Memorial Hospital is Howard Shockey and Sons of Winchester, Va. Page Memorial Hospital is currently undergoing the bidding process for its project teams.