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.