Murray-Calloway County Hospital moved one step closer to its goal of becoming a regional healthcare provider after the 323-bed facility opened a five-story addition that more than doubled its size. Hospital officials cut the ribbon on the $65 million, 158,000 square foot tower on March 21. The new South Tower includes an expanded, 13-room emergency department, private patient rooms, a new radiology department and an eight-suite surgical floor. The third floor of the tower also features critical-care and progressive-care units designed to allow easy and efficient patient transfers. The hospital’s original tower and the new addition are connected via a second-floor walkway, and the two buildings share a centralized registration area. Allison Sloan, spokeswoman for Murray-Calloway, said the expansion was one part of the hospital’s overarching strategy to grow into a regional facility. Also, the hospital has recruited more physicians, added a 13-bed acute inpatient rehabilitation unit and plans to open a geriatric psychiatry unit. “Becoming a regional healthcare center and serving our surrounding communities is one of our main goals,” Sloan said.
Christus Santa Rosa Hospital-Westover Hills broke ground last month on a medical office building next to the hospital that is scheduled to open in December. The three-story, 70,000-square-foot facility will be used for a variety of new physician specialists, including obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics, family medicine, internal medicine orthopedics, nephrology, podiatry, otolaryngology and pain management. It will be located next to the threestory, 60,000-square-foot Medical Plaza I facility that opened in December 2007. The project is expected to cost about $10 million and will offer physicians and other healthcare providers convenient access to the hospital’s inpatient and outpatient services. According to Christus Santa Rosa, the population of West-