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.
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.
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.
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.