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Caroli­nas Health­Care Sys­tem, Char­lotte, N.C., has started work on adding a free-stand­ing emer­gency depart­ment to an out­pa­tient cen­ter in Hun­tersville, ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease. Caroli­nas Med­i­cal Cen­terNorthCross al­ready fea­tures surgery, pain man­age­ment, en­doscopy and sleep lab ser­vices. The emer­gency depart­ment project is ex­pected to cost $8.8 mil­lion some­thing from scratch, ac­cord­ing to a Caroli­nas spokesman. The free-stand­ing emer­gency depart­ment is the fourth that Caroli­nas has opened or has in the works. In Novem­ber 2009, the tax-ex­empt sys­tem opened CMC-Steele Creek in Char­lotte, and it is near com­ple­tion of CMC-Wax­haw (N.C.) The sys­tem also has bro­ken ground on an­other free-stand­ing emer­gency depart­ment in Kan­napo­lis, N.C. That project also is ex­pected to be com­pleted in fall 2011. care. The agree­ment also calls for the cre­ation of the Florida Trauma Re­search and Anal­y­sis Cen­ter, which will an­a­lyze trends in trauma care and pa­tient pop­u­la­tions, ac­cord­ing to the re­lease. USF Health has not yet named a di­rec­tor of the new trauma net­work. About 43% of Florida trauma cases stemmed from mo­tor ve­hi­cle crashes in 2008, but a re­cent study by USF re­searchers con­cluded that fa­tal­ity rates in such crashes are “closely as­so­ci­ated” with dis­tance to the near­est trauma cen­ter, ac­cord­ing to the re­lease. Only about 38% of trauma pa­tients in Florida re­ceive their care in a des­ig­nated trauma cen­ter.

AUSTIN, Texas—

St. David’s Health­Care has com­pleted its ac­qui­si­tion of 58-bed Heart Hos­pi­tal of Austin for $83.8 mil­lion from MedCath Corp., Char­lotte, N.C., ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease. St. David’s is a joint ven­ture owned by in­vestor-owned HCA, Nashville, and two tax-ex­empt part­ners, the St. David’s Foun­da­tion, Austin, and Ge­orge­town (Texas) Health Foun­da­tion. The deal was first an­nounced in Fe­bru­ary. At the end of 2009, St. David’s Health­Care acquired Austin Heart, a car­di­ol­ogy prac­tice that owned a stake in the hos­pi­tal. MedCath owned 70.9% of the hos­pi­tal, with physi­cian in­vestors own­ing the re­main­ing 29.1% stake. The sale leaves MedCath with six heart hos­pi­tals. In March, the com­pany an­nounced that it was re­view­ing its strate­gic al­ter­na­tives. MedCath com­pleted sales agree­ments for its stakes in heart hos­pi­tals in Phoenix and Sioux Falls, S.D., on Oct. 1, ac­cord­ing to the com­pany. An­a­lysts ex­pect MedCath to sell its re­main­ing hos­pi­tals to liq­ui­date the com­pany.

CMC-Steele Creek in Char­lotte, N.C., opened in Novem­ber 2009.

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