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Tor­nado dam­ages Illi­nois hospi­tal, and other news

HAR­RIS­BURG, Ill.— In­pa­tients at 74-bed Har­ris­burg Med­i­cal Cen­ter were trans­ferred to nearby hos­pi­tals af­ter a tor­nado that struck the South­ern Illi­nois town dam­aged the hospi­tal’s build­ing, said Me­laney Arnold, a spokes­woman for the Illi­nois Depart­ment of Public Health who was speak­ing on be­half of the Illi­nois Emer­gency Man­age­ment Agency. The emer­gency depart­ment at Har­ris­burg Med­i­cal, though, re­mained open for crit­i­cal pa­tients, Arnold said. It was a none­mer­gency evac­u­a­tion and “the dam­age is be­ing as­sessed,” she said. Hospi­tal of­fi­cials could not be reached for com­ment. Parts of Har­ris­burg were flat­tened last week. The town of 9,000 was one of sev­eral in the Mid­west and South that were hit by tor­na­dos that killed 13 peo­ple, ac­cord­ing to the As­so­ci­ated Press. NEW LENOX, Ill.— Sil­ver Cross Hospi­tal com­pleted its move from Joliet, Ill., to a new 76-acre cam­pus in New Lenox. Sil­ver Cross started the $370 mil­lion con­struc­tion on the project in 2009. Dur­ing the course of about eight hours on Feb. 26, ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease, the Sil­ver Cross staff moved 129 pa­tients to the new fa­cil­ity, which is about four miles east of the hospi­tal’s Joliet site and near in­ter­states 355 and 80, which con­nect Chicago’s far south­west sub­urbs and out­ly­ing towns. The 560,000-square-foot re­place­ment hospi­tal has six sto­ries and 289 beds. The ma­jor­ity of the con­struc­tion costs were fi­nanced with a $260 mil­lion bond is­sue. Sil­ver Cross and the Univer­sity of Chicago Medicine are build­ing an out­pa­tient can­cer cen­ter on the cam­pus, which is sched­uled to open in April. Joliet con­tin­ues to be home to 457bed Provena St. Joseph Med­i­cal Cen­ter. CLEVE­LAND— Univer­sity Hos­pi­tals, a seven-hospi­tal sys­tem based in Cleve­land, launched an ini­tia­tive to de­velop a not-for-profit clin­i­cal re­search in­sti­tute and a for-profit drug de­vel­op­ment com­pany. The Har­ring­ton Project for Dis­cov­ery & De­vel­op­ment will be funded by a $100 mil­lion on­go­ing in­vest­ment that Univer­sity Hos­pi­tals be­gan sev­eral years ago, an ad­di­tional $100 mil­lion that the for-profit com­pany plans to raise from other aca­demic in­sti­tu­tions and pri­vate in­vestors, and a $50 mil­lion gift. “One of the chal­lenges that we have to­day is that many bio­med­i­cal dis­cov­er­ies end up stay­ing on the shelf; they never get com­mer­cial­ized,” Univer­sity Hos­pi­tals COO Dr. Achilles Demetriou said in a news re­lease. The re­search in­sti­tute, to be called the Univer­sity Hos­pi­tals Har­ring­ton Dis­cov­ery In­sti­tute, plans to fund physi­cian-sci­en­tists’ clin­i­cal de­vel­op­ment projects as part of a pro­gram called Har­ring­ton Schol­ars. Dr. Jonathan Stam­ler, di­rec­tor of the UH Har­ring­ton Dis­cov­ery In­sti­tute, said the de­vel­op­ment pro­grams will prob­a­bly fo­cus on on­col­ogy, car­dio­vas­cu­lar, in­fec­tious dis­eases and neu­rol­ogy ther­a­pies, and physi­cian-sci­en­tists will re­ceive men­tor­ing, fund­ing and in­fra­struc­ture. The for-profit com­pany, now op­er­at­ing un­der the name Biou, is ex­pected to pro­vide com­mer­cial­iza­tion sup­port to the ther­a­pies and prod­ucts de­vel­oped by the physi­cian-sci­en­tists. Last fall, Biou hired Robert Keith, a for­mer pres­i­dent and CEO of Verus Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cals, as CEO. NAPERVILLE, Ill.— Ed­ward Hospi­tal gained ap­proval from a state board to add two floors of pa­tient beds. Last week, the Illi­nois Health Fa­cil­i­ties and Ser­vices Re­view Board ap­proved the 330-bed hospi­tal’s plan to add the floors to a build­ing on its cam­pus. Ed­ward Hospi­tal CEO Pamela Davis said the beds are needed to meet ex­pected growth. The cost is es­ti­mated at $64 mil­lion. Con­struc­tion is set to be­gin this sum­mer with com­ple­tion ex­pected in 2013. A new third floor will house 36 med­i­cal-sur­gi­cal beds and a phys­i­cal ther­apy gym. A fourth floor will house

The tor­nado that hit Har­ris­burg last week de­stroyed three rooms and blew out the win­dows of four oth­ers at the med­i­cal cen­ter. Pa­tients had al­ready been moved from vul­ner­a­ble ar­eas.

The new Sil­ver Cross lo­ca­tion has six sto­ries and 289 beds. An out­pa­tient can­cer cen­ter will be built and is

sched­uled to open in April.

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