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MAY­WOOD, Ill. — Loy­ola Univer­sity Chicago is sched­uled to break ground Aug. 16 on a new $137 mil­lion med­i­cal re­search and ed­u­ca­tion build­ing at its Health Sciences Cam­pus in May­wood. A col­lab­o­ra­tive pro­ject with Catholic Health East-Trin­ity—the par­ent of Loy­ola Univer­sity Health Sys­tem—the five-story, 227,000-square-foot Loy­ola Univer­sity Chicago Cen­ter for Trans­la­tional Re­search and Ed­u­ca­tion is sched­uled to open in April 2016. “This pro­ject is one of the most sig­nif­i­cant out­comes of the part­ner­ship of Loy­ola Univer­sity Chicago, Loy­ola Univer­sity Health Sys­tem and CHE-Trin­ity,” Michael Garanzini, Loy­ola Univer­sity Chicago pres­i­dent and CEO, said in a news re­lease. When CHE-Trin­ity ac­quired the health sys­tem from the univer­sity in 2011, a com­mit­ment to share in the cost of the new fa­cil­ity was part of the agree­ment. The cen­ter will be used by staff and stu­dents at Loy­ola’s Stritch School of Medicine and Mar­cella Niefhoff School of Nurs­ing to work on prac­ti­cal ap­pli­ca­tions of med­i­cal dis­cov­er­ies as well as “desk­top re­search” in bioin­for­mat­ics, epi­demi­ol­ogy, health ser­vices and pub­lic health. It will in­clude a 250-seat au­di­to­rium, which is ex­pected to pro­vide a link be­tween the univer­sity and lo­cal com­mu­nity. — Andis Robeznieks

MID­DLE­BURG HEIGHTS, Ohio — The paint on the walls at MetroHealth’s new $23 mil­lion health cen­ter in Mid­dle­burg Heights has barely dried, but that hasn’t stopped South­west Gen­eral Health Cen­ter—the dom­i­nant health­care force in south­west­ern Cuya­hoga County—from tak­ing digs at its new­est com­peti­tor. In an in­ter­view with Crain’s Cleve­land Busi­ness, South­west CEO Thomas Selden blasted MetroHealth for open­ing a health cen­ter roughly two miles south­east of his hos­pi­tal and chided the health sys­tem sub­si­dized by Cuya­hoga County for of­fer­ing what he char­ac­ter­ized as du­plica­tive ser­vices. Selden, whose hos­pi­tal boasts a lead­ing 42.5% mar­ket share in the area 20 miles south­west of Cleve­land, said MetroHealth would have been bet­ter served by in­vest­ing the $23 mil­lion in its ag­ing cam­pus in Cleve­land. “This is not McDon­ald’s ver­sus Burger King, where you have McDon­ald’s on one cor­ner, then Burger King build­ing on the other,” Selden said. “Th­ese are hos­pi­tals build­ing right next to each other.” Selden sent a let­ter this month to lo­cal res­i­dents that ac­cuses other hos­pi­tal sys­tems—only MetroHealth is men­tioned by name—as charg­ing a fa­cil­ity fee “just to walk in the door.” MetroHealth’s new CEO, Dr. Akram Boutros, de­fended the fa­cil­ity fees as noth­ing new to the health­care land­scape. “Of all the hos­pi­tals you could at­tack over this is­sue, how could you at­tack the hos­pi­tal that pro­vides the largest por­tion of free care in the county?” Boutros said. Selden, mean­while, de­fended South­west’s own $128 mil­lion con­struc­tion pro­ject, which in­cludes an ex­panded emer­gency depart­ment, a new crit­i­cal-care unit, the con­ver­sion of most of the hos­pi­tal’s two-per­son rooms into pri­vate suites and a new pa­tient bed tower. “We’re build­ing some­thing the pub­lic has asked for,” Selden said. “They want more pri­vacy and com­fort.” — Crain’s Cleve­land Busi­ness

DETROIT — Now in its fifth year, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Michi­gan’s pa­tient-cen­tered med­i­cal home pro­gram has cer­ti­fied 3,770 physi­cians in 1,243 prac­tices for 2013, a 25% in­crease in physi­cians from 2012. As the na­tion’s largest med­i­cal home pro­gram, Blue Cross pro­vides fi­nan­cial in­cen­tives to pri­mary-care physi­cians to work more closely with pa­tients and spe­cialty doc­tors to im­prove their health and mon­i­tor their care. “Physi­cians and their care teams are im­prov­ing pa­tient out­comes, which leads to lower costs be­cause there is less need for test­ing and hos­pi­tal care,” said Dr. David Share, Blue Cross’ se­nior as­so­ciate med­i­cal di­rec­tor of qual­ity. “We are see­ing con­tin­ued growth be­cause there are a lot of prac­tices wait­ing in the wings to de­velop med­i­cal home ca­pa­bil­i­ties.” Med­i­cal home prac­tices of­fer a va­ri­ety of ser­vices to their pa­tients. Physi­cians in the pro­gram pro­vide evening and week­end ap­point­ments, nu­tri­tional coun­sel­ing, home-care links to com­mu­nity ser­vices and care co­or­di­na­tion with spe­cialty physi­cians, and they use a dis­ease reg­istry or elec­tronic health-record sys­tem to track pa­tient care. More than 1.1 mil­lion Blue Cross en­rollees and nearly 2 mil­lion pa­tients in Michi­gan have ac­cess to Blue Cross med­i­cal home physi­cians. An­other 1,000 physi­cians are tak­ing steps to be­come cer­ti­fied as med­i­cal home providers. Dur­ing the first three years of the pro­gram, Blue Cross re­cently doc­u­mented that med­i­cal home physi­cians avoided $155 mil­lion in costs to Blue Cross and pa­tients. Other med­i­cal home pro­grams in Michi­gan in­clude Detroit-based Health Al­liance Plan of Michi­gan and Pri­or­ity Health, which has an of­fice in Farm­ing­ton Hills. — Crain’s Detroit Busi­ness

The five-story, 227,000-square-foot Loy­ola Univer­sity Chicago Cen­ter for Trans­la­tional Re­search and Ed­u­ca­tion is sched­uled to open in April 2016.

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