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SAN AN­TO­NIO — Chris­tus Santa Rosa Health Sys­tem re­ceived ap­proval from the board of 19-hospi­tal Chris­tus Health to go ahead with a $135 mil­lion ren­o­va­tion project to trans­form its down­town San An­to­nio cam­pus into a free-stand­ing chil­dren’s hospi­tal with up to 275 beds. Chris­tus Santa Rosa had been work­ing with the Univer­sity Health Sys­tem on such a project, but their let­ter of in­tent to do so was ter­mi­nated March 1. Ac­cord­ing to a Chris­tus Santa Rosa news re­lease, the new project will be “a fi­nan­cially vi­able, pri­vately and phi­lan­throp­i­cally funded, sep­a­rately li­censed, free­stand­ing chil­dren’s hospi­tal in the heart of down­town San An­to­nio.” Con­trac­tors for the 800,000-square-foot project are set to be in place in 60 days and work is ex­pected to be fin­ished in two years, the re­lease says. “By uti­liz­ing our cur­rent cam­pus in the heart of down­town, we take ad­van­tage of a solid in­fra­struc­ture with twice as much space at one-third of the cost to build a com­pletely new build­ing,” Pat Car­rier, Chris­tus Santa Rosa pres­i­dent and CEO, said in the re­lease. Adult ser­vices cur­rently of­fered at the down­town cam­pus will be trans­ferred to the four other lo­ca­tions op­er­ated by Chris­tus Santa Rosa in the San An­to­nio area. AT­LANTA— The records of 315,000 pa­tients at At­lanta’s Emory Health­care over a 17-year pe­riod went miss­ing from a stor­age lo­ca­tion. The se­cu­rity breach in­volved 10 backup discs con­tain­ing the records of sur­gi­cal pa­tients treated be­tween Septem­ber 1990 and April 2007 at Emory Univer­sity Hospi­tal, Emory Univer­sity Hospi­tal Mid­town (for­merly known as Emory Craw­ford Long Hospi­tal) and the Emory Clinic Am­bu­la­tory Surgery Cen­ter, ac­cord­ing to a state­ment on the sys­tem’s web­site. The discs were re­moved from stor­age be­tween Feb. 7 and Feb. 20 this year, the state­ment said. The records in­cluded the pa­tients’ “names, dates of surgery, di­ag­noses, pro­ce­dure codes or the name of the sur­gi­cal pro­ce­dures, de­vice im­plant in­for­ma­tion, sur­geon names and anes­the­si­ol­o­gist names.” About 228,000 of those records also con­tained the pa­tients’ So­cial Se­cu­rity num­bers, ac­cord­ing to the state­ment. “We are mov­ing for­ward ex­pe­di­tiously with pro­vid­ing all af­fected pa­tients, at our cost, ac­cess to iden­tity pro­tec­tion ser­vices, in­clud­ing credit mon­i­tor­ing,” Emory Health­care Pres­i­dent and CEO John Fox said in the state­ment. The sys­tem started no­ti­fy­ing af­fected pa­tients of the breach by let­ter April 17.

The new Chris­tus Santa Rosa Chil­dren’s Hospi­tal of San An­to­nio is ex­pected to be ready in two years.

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