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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.

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