• The Illinois Facilities and Planning Review Board unanimously approved UnityPoint Health/Trinity's certificate of need application for a 90,000-square-foot, three-story expansion of its heart center and emergency department in Rock Island. UnityPoint Health/Trinity plans to break ground on the project in June, with construction expected to be complete by summer 2015. Located at the front of the hospital the $61.3 million construction expansion is the largest in the facility's history. The plans also call for diagnosis, treatment and follow-up cardiac rehabilitation to be coordinated under one roof.
• Construction has begun on the $28 million, 63,000-square-foot Mercy Rehabilitation Hospital Springfield (Mo.). There will be 60 beds and the hospital will provide inpatient rehabilitation for patients who are recovering from strokes, brain or spinal cord injuries, amputations, complex orthopedic injuries and other conditions. Mercy Rehabilitation Hospital Springfield is a partnership between Mercy and Centerre Healthcare Corp. Construction is being done by McCarthy Building Companies Inc. and it is estimated to take about a year.
• Baptist Medical Center in Jackson, Miss., will undertake a multiphase nursing unit renovation project. The project will consist of the complete demolition and renovation of approximately 156,000 square feet of existing nursing units. Brasfield & Gorrie will work with Dean and Dean/Associates Architects, The CGM Group and Jon D. Rice & Associates, all from Jackson. The project is expected to be completed in 2015.
• Swedish Health Services opened a new two-story, 17,102-square-foot outpatient cancer center at the Edmonds, Wash., campus on April 1. As patients of a hospital-based department, they will have access to social work, support groups, American Cancer Society navigation and resources, financial counseling, cancer-specific patient education classes, and an education/resource wall. Design-build firm, RAD Technology Medical Systems – a specialty modular health-care contractor – collaborated with design architects Perkins+Will to develop the modular building comprised of 29 factory-built units, which were erected on the site over just two days in December of last year. Skanska USA was responsible for the site development.