BALTIMORE— On May 1, the Johns Hopkins Hospital opened the Charlotte Bloomberg Children’s Center and Sheikh Zayed Tower, a 1.6-million-square-foot facility that cost about $1.1 billion. Named for New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s late mother, the Charlotte Bloomberg Children’s Center has 10 surgical suites made for pediatric patients and 205 private patient rooms, including a 45-bed neonatal intensive-care unit and a 40-bed pediatric intensive-care unit. The Zayed Tower—named for the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the first president of the United Arab Emirates— provides cardiovascular services and is the new location for the Johns Hopkins Heart and Vascular Institute. It also offers neurological and neurosurgical services, transplant surgery, general surgery, trauma care, orthopedics and labor and delivery. That facility has 355 private patient rooms, including 224 for acute care, 96 for intensive care and 35 for labor and delivery. The tower’s rooftop also has a helistop for patients who arrive at the hospital by helicopter. Philanthropic contributions accounted for one-third of the project’s funding, while the state of Maryland contributed $100 million.
TEMPLE, Texas— Scott & White Healthcare is speeding up the timeline for opening a hospital-bed tower that will complete its new Wayne and Eileen Hurd Regional Medical Center. The 200,000square-foot tower will now open in 2014, almost two years ahead of the previous schedule. It will initially have 44 beds, but will be ultimately expanded to accommodate more than 80 beds, according to a news release. The facility will offer primary care and general surgery as well as specialty services such as cardiology, orthopedics, ophthalmology and pain management. The project also includes a physician clinic that is expected to be completed next spring; the clinic will anchor the Marble Falls medical campus and offer outpatient services while the hospital is being built. Construction of the 60,000-square-foot clinic began in November. A surgical and diagnostic clinic will also follow one to three years after the physician clinic is completed. Plans to build the medical center grew out of a 2007 partnership between Scott & White, the city of Marble Falls and Llano (Texas) Memorial Health System. Scott & White took over Llano Memorial in 2008.
BURELSON, Texas— Texas Health Resources, Arlington, has formed a joint venture with Adventist Health System to take over ownership of Huguley Memorial Medical Center. Huguley has been a member of Adventist since 1977, and the Altamonte Springs, Fla., hospital operator will continue to manage daily operations, according to a news release. Texas Health will have a controlling interest in the joint venture. Terms of the deal, which was effective May 1, were not disclosed. Texas Health noted that the agreement allows it to expand its operations south and east— into an area experiencing faster-thanaverage population growth. “Given today’s challenging healthcare environment, it makes sense for us to look for opportunities to collaborate with other health systems to improve the health of our communities,” Doug Hawthorne, CEO of Texas Health, said in the release. Texas Health also said it is building a health information exchange to connect with Adventist’s records system.
Johns Hopkins Hospital’s new building, which includes 355 private patient rooms, is one of the largest hospital construction projects in U.S. history.