Kaiser, Providence Southern California partner on $750M hospital

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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.

Michigan Medicine to start building $920M hospital

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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.

13 health systems opening hospitals


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The following health systems have opened hospitals, advanced proposals to build them or announced plans for them in the last two weeks:

1. UT Health San Antonio to build $400M+ hospital
University of Texas Health San Antonio plans to build a 144-bed specialty and research hospital.

2. Conway Medical Center plans new 50-bed hospital
Conway (S.C.) Medical Center plans to build a hospital in South Carolina’s Carolina Forest area, the organization announced Sept. 8.

3. Tidelands Health plans new hospital in South Carolina
Tidelands Health plans to build a hospital in South Carolina’s Horry County, the Georgetown, S.C.-based organization said Sept. 8.

4. Atrium Health fights to open hospital in North Carolina county
Charlotte, N.C.-based Atrium Health is still fighting to open a $147 million, 30-bed hospital in Mecklenburg County.

5. Abrazo Health to open Arizona hospital this fall
Phoenix-based Abrazo Health plans to open a hospital in Surprise, Ariz., this fall.

6. McLaren Healthcare boosts funding by $150M for Lansing health campus
After increasing its investment by $150 million, Grand Blanc, Mich.-based McLaren Health Care said it will spend $600 million on its new health campus in the state’s capital of Lansing. The new campus will include a new 262-bed McLaren Orthopedic Hospital.

7. Ballad Health plans 2021 reopening for hospital closed 7 years
Johnson City, Tenn.-based Ballad Health plans to reopen a hospital in Virginia that has been closed since October 2013.

8. Ascension reopens Florida hospital ravaged by hurricane in 2018
Ascension Sacred Heart has reopened its hospital in Panama City, Fla., about two years after Hurricane Michael damaged the facility.

9. MarinHealth opens $535M hospital
MarinHealth in Greenbrae, Calif., has opened a new $535 million hospital.

10. HonorHealth to open 70-bed hospital in September
HonorHealth plans to open a 70-bed Phoenix hospital in September.

11. St. Louis University Hospital opens $550M hospital
SSM Health St. Louis University Hospital opened its $550 million facility to patients. The new facility is called the Grand New SSM Health St. Louis University Hospital.

12. Ascension Saint Thomas can build hospital in Tennessee county, beating out Vanderbilt
Ascension Saint Thomas has won approval to build a hospital in Tennesee’s Murfreesboro County, beating out a proposal from Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

13. Trustees approve OSU’s $1.79B hospital
Ohio State University’s board of trustees unanimously approved this week its new $1.79 billion inpatient hospital.




11 hospital, health system projects costing $300M or more


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Eleven hospitals and health systems since Feb. 18 have advanced, completed or begun facility expansions and renovations with price tags of $300 million or more.

1. Moffitt Cancer Center’s $400M hospital construction to start in July
Tampa, Fla.-based Moffitt Cancer Center will begin construction of its 10-story, $400 million hospital in July.

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. 

3. City of Hope buys site for $1B cancer hospital, research center
Duarte, Calif.-based City of Hope has purchased a 190,000-square-foot building and 11 acres of land as part of a $1 billion investment in a new hospital and cancer research center in Irvine, Calif.

4. Texas Children’s to build $450M hospital in Austin
Texas Children’s Hospital plans to build a $450 million freestanding women and children’s hospital in Austin, the organization said May 20.

5. Dell Children’s to invest $700M in new hospital, expansion
Austin, Texas-based Dell Children’s Medical Center plans to invest $700 million in the next three years to expand in the state

6. Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia pumps $3.4B into expansion
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia is planning to build a new 22-story patient tower.

7. Valleywise Health breaks ground on $900M Phoenix medical center
Phoenix-based Valleywise Health broke ground late February on its $900 million medical center in Phoenix. The health system told Becker’s Hospital Review May 13 that the project is “on track for completion in late 2023, and so far, no significant delays.”

8. UC Davis Medical Center details $1.9B expansion
UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento, Calif., plans to invest $1.9 billion in expansion and renovation projects over the next 10 years.

9. MUSC opens $389M Charleston children’s hospital
The Medical University of South Carolina opened its $389 million children’s hospital to patients Feb. 22.

10. Pennsylvania hospital’s $327M modernization project OK’d
Media, Pa.-based Riddle Hospital’s $327 million upgrade and expansion project received the green light from the Middle Township board and its parent organization, Main Line Health.

11. Texas A&M plans to build $550M complex in Texas Medical Center
College Station-based Texas A&M University plans to build a $550 million complex in the Texas Medical Center, a sprawling Houston hub of healthcare institutions.




Kaiser plans $13B expansion in Baltimore area


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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.

Access the full Baltimore Business Journal article here.


6 hospitals planning upgrades, expansions


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Six hospitals or health systems announced, started or completed construction projects in the last two weeks:

1. Cape Cod Healthcare breaks ground on $180M tower 
Hyannis, Mass.-based Cape Cod Healthcare broke ground Sept. 23 on a six-story, $180 million patient tower.

2. Sutter Santa Rosa breaks ground on $158M expansion
Sutter Santa Rosa (Calif.) Regional Hospital broke ground Sept. 20 on its $158 million expansion.

3. Mercy Health to open $133M Arkansas hospital tower Oct. 21
Rogers-based Mercy Health System of Northwest Arkansas plans to open its $133 million, seven-story patient tower Oct. 21.

4. Michigan Medicine to build $920M hospital
University of Michigan in Ann Arbor plans to spend $920 million to build a new hospital, which is expected to take five years to complete.

5. Orlando Health opens 6th freestanding ER, keeping pace with rivals
Orlando (Fla.) Health opened its sixth freestanding emergency room in Central Florida., Sept. 16.

6. Hackensack Meridian Health breaks ground on $714M expansion
Hackensack (N.J.) Meridian Health broke ground Sept. 13 on its nine-story, $714 million pavilion.


Stanford’s $2B hospital to open in October


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.

Read the full report here.



Hospitals could multiply in Florida as state cancels certificate-of-need requirement


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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