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PUYALLUP, Wash.—

A $400 mil­lion pa­tient-care tower opened at 221-bed Mul­ti­Care Good Sa­mar­i­tan Hos­pi­tal in Puyallup, Wash., on Feb. 17. The 357,000-square foot, nine-story tower in­cludes 78 pri­vate pa­tient rooms, a new emer­gency room with 45 pri­vate treat­ment rooms and four triage rooms and six sur­gi­cal suites. The tower dou­bles the not-for-profit hos­pi­tal’s space to a to­tal of 275 li­censed beds. Rooms are out­fit­ted with a smart screen that serves as tele­vi­sion, com­puter and treat­ment re­ports. The set­tle­ment re­solves four al­le­ga­tions, all of which oc­curred in the 1990s, ac­cord­ing to a state­ment from the U.S. at­tor­ney in Sacra­mento, Calif., which in­ves­ti­gated the mat­ter with HHS’ in­spec­tor gen­eral’s of­fice and the U.S. Jus­tice Depart­ment. The U.S. at­tor­ney al­leged that three CHW hos­pi­tals re­ceived over­pay­ments caused by Medi­care mis­pro­cess­ing and did not re­turn the money. The U.S. at­tor­ney also al­leged that two hos­pi­tals sub­mit­ted in­flated home health agency costs, while an­other sub­mit­ted in­flated home health agency costs and also over­stated its en­ti­tle­ment to Medi­care dis­pro­por­tion­ate-share pay­ments. to eth­i­cal busi­ness prac­tices, de­nies that it in­ten­tion­ally with­held funds and is pleased to have re­solved this mat­ter.”

PHOENIX—

In a deal that is said to rep­re­sent the first step in its plan “to build a na­tional group of ur­gent-care clin­ics,” a com­pany that owns nine ur­gent-care clin­ics in North Carolina has ac­quired an op­er­a­tor of five ur­gent-care clin­ics in Phoenix. Ur­gent Cares of Amer­ica Hold­ings, a com­pany formed when Ur­gent Cares of Amer­ica was pur­chased by New York pri­vate-equity firm Comvest Group in Novem­ber, has pur­chased Tri-City Ex­press Care, a Gil­bert, Ariz.-based com­pany that does busi­ness in the Phoenix area as Ur­gent Care Ex­press. No terms were dis­closed. Ac­cord­ing to an Ur­gent Cares of Amer­ica/Comvest news re­lease last week, the deal “will take ef­fect im­me­di­ately,” and no “whole­sale changes” are planned for the Phoenix clin­ics. Ur­gent Cares of Amer­ica op­er­ates mostly in the Raleigh area, and will have two more North Carolina clin­ics open­ing shortly and is plan­ning two more in the state.

MARI­COPA, Ariz.—

Banner Health is build­ing a pri­mary-care cen­ter in co­op­er­a­tion with the city and county of Mari­copa to pro­vide treat­ment to this un­der­served area south of Phoenix. The Mari­copa City Coun­cil ap­proved the plan on Feb. 22. Con­struc­tion will be­gin this sum­mer on 11 acres pur­chased by Banner Health for $1.7 mil­lion, with a com­ple­tion date ex­pected in mid-2012. The Banner Health Cen­ter will have more than 80,000 square feet, built in phases, with space of 18 physi­cians and lab­o­ra­tory and imag­ing ser­vices. Spe­cial­ist care will be added later. The cost of build­ing the first 40,000 square feet of the cen­ter is $17.2 mil­lion, ac­cord­ing to Banner Health of­fi­cials. Not­for-profit Banner Health is pay­ing fa­cil­ity costs, while the city of Mari­copa has com­mit­ted $1.2 mil­lion in pub­lic im­prove­ment as­sis­tance and grant fund­ing to help de­fray the costs.

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