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MUR­RAY, Ky.—

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.

SAN AN­TO­NIO—

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-

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