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VALLEJO, Calif.—

Kaiser Per­ma­nente has opened a new hospi­tal, Kaiser Per­ma­nente Vallejo Med­i­cal Cen­ter. The 457,000-square-foot fa­cil­ity has five sto­ries and in­cludes 120 med­i­cal/sur­gi­cal beds, 38 emer­gency room bays and ex­panded emer­gency, ra­di­ol­ogy and surgery ser­vices. The hospi­tal is fully wired for Kaiser Per­ma­nente HealthCon­nect, the Oak­land, Calif., man­aged-care gi­ant’s elec­tronic health-record sys­tem. The hospi­tal, about 40 miles north­east of San Fran­cisco, cost an es­ti­mated $450 mil­lion. It was orig­i­nally slated to open in Novem­ber 2009 but was de­layed.

LOS AN­GE­LES—

The for­mer chair­man and co-owner of a Los An­ge­les hospi­tal was sen­tenced last month to three years in prison for pay­ing kick­backs for pa­tients re­cruited from an area known as Skid Row for un­nec­es­sary treat­ment that was billed to Medi­care and Med­i­caid. “So­ci­ety must know that those who abuse the health­care sys­tem must an­swer for that con­duct in court,” U.S. District Judge Ge­orge King said dur­ing Robert Bourseau’s sen­tenc­ing hear­ing, ac­cord­ing to the U.S. at­tor­ney’s of­fice in Los An­ge­les. Bourseau was or­dered to pay $4.1 mil­lion in resti­tu­tion, a sum that re­flects what pros­e­cu­tors say the state and fed­eral health pro­grams paid as a re­sult of the fraud. Bourseau, 75, pleaded guilty last June to his role and agreed to co­op­er­ate with pros­e­cu­tors, who are con­duct­ing an on­go­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion of the scheme be­yond Bourseau’s hospi­tal, City of Angels Med­i­cal Cen­ter. Ru­dra Sabarat­nam, the other owner and CEO of City of Angels, and Dante Ni­chol­son, a se­nior vice pres­i­dent, also pleaded guilty and await sen­tenc­ing. Estill Mitts, who ran a phony as­sess­ment cen­ter that di­rected peo­ple from Skid Row’s streets and shelters to the hospi­tal, pleaded guilty as well and has yet to be sen­tenced. The U.S. at­tor­ney’s of­fice re­cently se­cured a plea agree­ment with Vin­cent Ru­bio, a for­mer chief fi­nan­cial of­fi­cer of Tustin (Calif.) Hospi­tal and Med­i­cal Cen­ter who like­wise ad­mit­ted pay­ing kick­backs to Mitts and an­other re­cruiter for pa­tients.

MILL CREEK, Wash.—

Swedish Health Ser­vices is poised to be­gin construction this month on a $30 mil­lion fa­cil­ity in Mill Creek, Wash., about 25 miles north­east of Seat­tle. The 86,000-square-foot fa­cil­ity on nearly five acres will in­clude an emer­gency room with 18 exam rooms, pri­mary and spe­cialty care and ad­vanced di­ag­nos­tic imag­ing. The Hammes Co., a de­vel­op­ment part­ner, will man­age and own the build­ing project, in­vest­ing about $25.5 mil­lion. Swedish, based in Seat­tle, es­ti­mates that the ER will have about 35,000 pa­tient vis­its a year. The fa­cil­ity is ex­pected to be com­pleted by the end of 2010 and will cre­ate 130 health­care jobs and 200 construction jobs.

Swedish’s Mill Creek fa­cil­ity will have 86,000 square feet on nearly five acres.

Kaser Per­ma­nente Vallejo (Calif.) Med­i­cal Cen­ter cost an es­ti­mated $450 mil­lion.

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