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LAFAYETTE, La.—

The new $211 mil­lion Our Lady of Lour­des Re­gional Med­i­cal Cen­ter opened June 25. The 396,000square-foot, six-story fa­cil­ity sits on 45 acres and has ap­prox­i­mately 200 beds, ac­cord­ing to a fact sheet from the hos­pi­tal. The not-for-profit Ro­man Catholic hos­pi­tal in­cludes 24 in­ten­sive­care rooms, 18 emer­gency depart­ment rooms, 10 flex rooms that can be used for surgery or the ER de­pend­ing on need, and eight op­er­at­ing rooms. Our Lady of Lour­des noted on its web­site that $28.5 mil­lion was in­vested in clin­i­cal and in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy that in­cludes ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy in­fra­struc­ture to sup­port ex­panded elec­tronic med­i­cal record sys­tems. The de­sign min­i­mized the ex­po­sure of win­dows to the west, which will al­low for more efficient cool­ing in the hot­ter months. The de­sign also would al­low two ad­di­tional floors to be added if needed. Dual fuel-pow­ered gen­er­a­tors al­low the full hos­pi­tal to run for 12 to 14 days with­out elec­tri­cal power. Also built was the 104,000-square-foot Lour­des Med­i­cal Of­fice Build­ing, which in­cludes physi­cian of­fices, an out­pa­tient lab, pre-ad­mit­ting, a blood donor cen­ter, imag­ing and a bio­ther­apy/in­fu­sion cen­ter to be pri­mar­ily used for on­col­ogy and chemo­ther­apy treat­ments.

DAL­LAS—

Baylor Health En­ter­prises, US On­col­ogy and Texas On­col­ogy said they are in dis­cus­sions to open a pro­ton ther­apy cen­ter in North Texas. The pro­posed fa­cil­ity could be com­pleted within two to three years at an es­ti­mated cost of $40 mil­lion to $50 mil­lion, ac­cord­ing to a spokesper­son for Texas On­col­ogy. The dis­cus­sions have not in­cluded where in the North Texas cor­ri­dor the cen­ter would be lo­cated. The Texas On­col­ogy spokesper­son said the or­ga­ni­za­tions are “near­ing an agree­ment,” and if plans move for­ward, it will be the 10th pro­ton ther­apy cen­ter in the U.S. Baylor Health En­ter­prises is an af­fil­i­ate of Baylor Health Care Sys­tem, a 10-hos­pi­tal sys­tem head­quar­tered in Dal­las, and owns a health and fit­ness fa­cil­ity, a health­care con­struc­tion com­pany, a re­tail phar­macy and a ho­tel.

FRANKLIN, Tenn.—

Capella Health­care closed a deal to ac­quire a 60% stake in two Ten­nessee hos­pi­tals owned pri­mar­ily by physi­cian in­vestors, ac­cord­ing to a Capella news re­lease. Capella formed the joint ven­ture with the seller, Can­non County Hos­pi­tal, Wood­bury, through a sub­sidiary that owns a ma­jor­ity in­ter­est in Capella’s 44bed White County Com­mu­nity Hos­pi­tal, Sparta, Tenn., ac­cord­ing to the re­lease. Can­non’s two hos­pi­tals—52-bed DeKalb Com­mu­nity Hos­pi­tal, Smithville, and 60-bed Stones River Hos­pi­tal, Wood­bury—and White County Com­mu­nity Hos­pi­tal are man­aged by Capella as a sys­tem, ac­cord­ing to the re­lease. Two Can­non ex­ec­u­tives, Bill Lit­tle, CEO, and Sarah Clark, chief fi­nan­cial of­fi­cer, be­came mar­ket CEO and mar­ket CFO, re­spec­tively, over­see­ing all three hos­pi­tals.

BIRM­ING­HAM, Ala.—

HealthSouth Corp. re­ceived a sub­poena from HHS’ in­spec­tor gen­eral’s of­fice re­lated to pos­si­ble false claims at a Hous­ton longterm acute-care hos­pi­tal, ac­cord­ing to a se­cu­ri­ties fil­ing. The sub­poena from the Dal­las of­fice of the in­spec­tor gen­eral’s of­fice seeks doc­u­ments re­lated to pa­tient ad­mis­sions, length of stay and dis­charge mat­ters at HealthSouth Hos­pi­tal of Hous­ton. Dur­ing the third quar­ter of 2010, HealthSouth re­ceived a letter from a lawyer rep­re­sent­ing two for­mer hos­pi­tal em­ploy­ees who al­leged wrong­ful ter­mi­na­tion for re­fus­ing to en­gage in wrong­ful acts, in­clud­ing Medi­care fraud, ac­cord­ing to the fil­ing. The lawyer wrote that the em­ploy­ees would not pub­li­cize their al­le­ga­tions of fraud if the com­pany set­tled their ter­mi­na­tion claims. HealthSouth re­fused to ne­go­ti­ate and in­formed “the rel­e­vant authorities of the letter.” HealthSouth also con­ducted an in­ter­nal au­dit and hired an in­de­pen­dent con­sul­tant to re­view the mat­ter. As a re­sult of both, the com­pany be­lieves their al­le­ga­tions have no merit, ac­cord­ing to the fil­ing. The com­pany is not sure whether the sub­poena is re­lated to the for­mer

Our Lady of Lour­des, which cel­e­brated its open­ing with a fire­works dis­play, can run on gen­er­a­tors for 12 to 14 days.

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