Kaiser Permanente and Providence Southern California are working together on a $750 million hospital to replace the aging Providence St. Mary Medical Center in Apple Valley, Calif., according to the Daily Press.
Under the partnership, 65-year-old Providence St. Mary will be closed and replaced with a 260-bed hospital in Victorville, Calif., the organizations said June 3. The hospital will be a full-service acute care facility and may include a medical office building and other ambulatory services. Providence would operate the hospital.
Providence St. Mary’s is closing because it doesn’t meet California’s new seismic requirements slated to take effect in 2030, according to the Daily Press. It would cost about the same to retrofit the hospital as it would to build a new one, hospital leaders told the newspaper.
Erik Wexler, Providence’s president of operations and strategy–South, outlined to the Daily Press what the Renton, Wash.-based health system’s affiliation with Oakland, Calif.-based Kaiser will look like.
“Health care delivery has become very complex, and Providence has found that affiliations truly benefit the communities we serve, particularly areas with significant rates of serious health risks,” he told the newspaper. He added that the partnership with Kaiser will allow the hospital to offer “more high-end acuity level types of care.”
The new hospital, which requires regulatory review and approval, is expected to open in 2026.
Ann Arbor-based Michigan Medicine will start construction on its $920 million hospital in the coming months, after delaying the project last year amid the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a March 8 health system update.
Michigan Medicine said its planning team has resumed design work on the facility.
The 12-story, 690,000-square-foot hospital is expected to house 264 private rooms, 20 operating rooms and three interventional radiology suites.
Citing a financial loss exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, the academic health system delayed the project in May 2020.
With the delay, the new hospital is slated to open in the fall of 2025.
2. UCSF’s plans 1.5M-square-foot hospital The University of California San Francisco plans to build a 1.5 million-square-foot hospital and research facility in the city. The first phase of the construction included a $500 million pledge from the Helen Diller Foundation, according to The San Francisco Chronicle.
Oakland, Calif.-based Kaiser Permanente plans to open 10 new medical facilities in the Baltimore area as part of a $13 billion expansion plan, according to the Baltimore Business Journal.
Kaiser currently operates 18 medical facilities in Maryland, including five in the Baltimore area, and is the second-largest health insurer in the state. The new facilities will be completed by 2028 and are expected to boost Kaiser’s insurance plan membership.
“We believe that the increased number of facilities will allow for easier access to care where people live and work — and that will create member growth,” Kaiser wrote in a statement to the Baltimore Business Journal.
Kaiser provides health coverage to roughly 70,000 people in Maryland and offers care to those members at its medical centers and clinics. Adding new facilities will allow Kaiser to help improve community health and support the local economy, Kim Horn, region vice preside of Kaiser, said in a statement to the Baltimore Business Journal.
“Our Baltimore strategy is driven by what we call impact investing,” she said. “We believe health care investments can support community health, which translates to rewarding jobs, steady income, stable housing and nutritious foods.”
The expansion is expected to create roughly 18,000 new jobs in Greater Baltimore.
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After more than a decade of planning and construction, Palo Alto, Calif.-based Stanford Health Care plans to open a $2 billion hospital in late October, according to the Palo Alto Weekly.
The 824,000-square-foot facility will house an expanded level 1 trauma center and emergency department, 368 private patient rooms, 20 operating rooms and five gardens with native California plants. It will be next to the hospital’s current facility.
After the new hospital opens, the old facility will be renovated at brought up to earthquake-resistant standards. Together, the two buildings will house 600 patient rooms.
More than 4,000 medical staff will be trained this summer to familiarize themselves with the new facility before it opens to patients, hospital officials said.
Florida lawmakers eliminated a regulatory process that limited how many hospitals and specialty services could be built in the state, according to the Orlando Sentinel.
Beginning July 1, general hospitals won’t need to secure a certificate of need to build a facility or start a new service, such as pediatric and adult open-heart surgeries, organ transplants, neonatal intensive care units and rehab programs.
In two years, the second part of the bill will go into effect, which cancels the certificate of need requirement for some specialty hospitals, such as children’s and women’s hospitals, rehab hospitals, psychiatric and substance misuse hospitals, and others.
Altamonte Springs, Fla.-based AdventHealth and Orlando (Fla.) Health told the Orlando Sentinel they will accelerate their construction projects that were on deck to go through the certificate-of-need application or were tied up in regulatory red tape. Nashville, Tenn.-based HCA Healthcare did not say how the change would affect its building plans in Florida.
Roughly 35 states have certificate-of-need laws, according to National Conference of State Legislatures data cited by the Orlando Sentinel.