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COLUM­BUS, Ohio -Con­struc­tion on a $1.1 bil­lion, 20-story ex­pan­sion is well un­der way at Ohio State Univer­sity and the school has re­named its med­i­cal cen­ter in honor of an alum­nus who do­nated $100 mil­lion for the project. Univer­sity of­fi­cials in Colum­bus an­nounced the Ohio State Univer­sity Med­i­cal Cen­ter is now the Wexner Med­i­cal Cen­ter at Ohio State Univer­sity. Bil­lion­aire Les­lie Wexner grad­u­ated from the school in 1959 and is the founder and cur­rent chair­man and CEO of Limited Brands. He’s also a for­mer chair­man of the school’s board of trus­tees. The Ohio State Univer­sity Health Sys­tem in­cludes the 976-bed med­i­cal cen­ter and 202-bed James Can­cer Hospi­tal and Solove Re­search In­sti­tute. OSU Pres­i­dent Gor­don Gee said the school’s fi­nan­cial out­look is pos­i­tive with its credit rat­ing hold­ing steady. Strong fi­nan­cials and do­na­tions such as Wexner’s al­lowed the project—sched­uled for com­ple­tion in 2014—to hap­pen. Con­struc­tion started in 2010, but the idea for the project has been around for a decade, said Dr. Steven Gabbe, CEO of the med­i­cal cen­ter and se­nior vice pres­i­dent for health sci­ences. CHICAGO— Pres­ence Health is the name of the new 12-hospi­tal or­ga­ni­za­tion formed from the Novem­ber merger be­tween Provena Health, Mo­kena, Ill., and Res­ur­rec­tion Health Care in Chicago. “The sis­ters chose a name that re­spects the lega­cies of the found­ing health sys­tems, while also ad­vanc­ing the new or­ga­ni­za­tion in a way that bal­ances in­no­va­tion with the mis­sion and val­ues of Catholic health­care,” San­dra Bruce, pres­i­dent and CEO of the new sys­tem, said in a news re­lease. “Pres­ence Health em­bod­ies the act of be­ing present in ev­ery mo­ment we share with those we serve and is the cor­ner­stone of an ef­fec­tive pa­tient, res­i­dent and fam­i­ly­cen­tered care en­vi­ron­ment. It also sig­ni­fies a spir­i­tual con­nec­tion, as we be­lieve we are called to serve with a spirit of hope and heal­ing.” Bruce is Res­ur­rec­tion’s for­mer pres­i­dent and CEO. Fi­nan­cial de­tails weren’t dis­closed when the deal closed in Novem­ber. The merger cre­ated Illi­nois’ largest Catholic health­care group with Provena’s six hos­pi­tals com­bin­ing with Res­ur­rec­tion’s six hos­pi­tals. The name will be added to the hos­pi­tals in the com­ing months, and of­fi­cials have yet to re­lease a new logo. OAK­BROOK TER­RACE, Ill.— Mid­west Heart Spe­cial­ists, a car­diac spe­cialty group based in Oak­brook Ter­race, has for­mally in­te­grated with Ad­vo­cate Med­i­cal Group of Oak Brook, Ill. The or­ga­ni­za­tion is now known as Mid­west Heart Spe­cial­ists-ad­vo­cate Med­i­cal Group. The par­ties signed a let­ter of in­tent in June 2011. Fi­nan­cial de­tails of the in­te­gra­tion were not dis­closed. Mid­west Heart Spe­cial­ists was es­tab­lished in 1973, and its 50 doc­tors prac­tice in clin­ics in the Chicago sub­urbs and in Rock­ford, Ill. The doc­tors will con­tinue to pro­vide ser­vices in their cur­rent lo­ca­tions, ac­cord­ing to an Ad­vo­cate Med­i­cal news re­lease. “Mid­west Heart Spe­cial­ists-ad­vo­cate Med­i­cal Group is poised to ex­pand car­di­ol­ogy ser­vices for our pa­tients in north­ern and cen­tral Illi­nois,” Dr. James Dan, pres­i­dent of Ad­vo­cate Med­i­cal Group, said in the re­lease. Ad­vo­cate Med­i­cal Group in­cludes more than 800 physi­cians and is part of nine-hospi­tal Ad­vo­cate Health Care, also based in Oak Brook. CHICAGO— A joint ven­ture is go­ing for­ward with plans to build a land­ing fa­cil­ity in the Illi­nois Med­i­cal Dis­trict for he­li­copters and ver­ti­cal-take­off air­craft. Afco Nighthawk Ver­ti­port—a com­bined ven­ture of Afco of Dulles, Va., and Hoffman Es­tates, Ill.-based Nighthawk Ser­vices—told the Illi­nois Med­i­cal Dis­trict Com­mis­sion it in­tends to fi­nance and build a “ver­ti­port” on a 10-acre par­cel, Afco CEO Charles Sti­pan­cic said in an e-mail. The fa­cil­ity will be free for med­i­cal use by the four hos­pi­tals in the dis­trict— Rush Univer­sity Med­i­cal Cen­ter, the Univer­sity of Illi­nois Med­i­cal Cen­ter, Stroger Hospi­tal of Cook County and the Jesse Brown VA Med­i­cal Cen­ter—and earn rev­enue from cor­po­rate, pri­vate and com­mer­cial cus­tomers, Sam Pruett, the com­mis­sion’s ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor, has said. The com­mis­sion will lease the land for the fa­cil­ity, which would in­clude stor­age ar­eas for air­craft, fu­el­ing equip­ment and park­ing. The land­ing area will be de­signed for he­li­copters and ver­ti­cal-take­off planes such as the Bell/agusta BA609 Tiltro­tor. The ver­ti­port project is one of four prop­er­ties the med­i­cal dis­trict com­mis­sion hopes will gen­er­ate enough lease rev­enue to ser­vice $40 mil­lion in debt it is­sued in 2006. The com­mis­sion, which is charged with pro­mot­ing health- and med­i­cal-re­lated de­vel­op­ment in the 560-acre dis­trict on the city’s West Side, had to scrap two projects for fi­nan­cial rea­sons and an­other due to com­mu­nity ob­jec­tions.

Ohio State Univer­sity is re­nam­ing its new fa­cil­ity Wexner Med­i­cal Cen­ter in honor of Les­lie Wexner, an alum­nus who do­nated $100 mil­lion for the project.

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