Here are the biggest hospital construction projects that kicked off in August

Allegheny Health Network in Pittsburgh leads the pack with a $1 billion expansion.

Jeff Lagasse, Associate Editor

August saw more hospitals and health systems announcing or pledging facilities improvements, and while each requires a different amount of investment, no project commands more cash than the one being embarked upon by Allegheny Health Network in Pittsburgh.

That system has begun construction of a 160-bed hospital in Pine Township, Pennsylvania -- part of a $1 billion systemwide expansion.

Which is not to say that the other projects represent chump change. Western Connecticut Health Network in Danbury, Connecticut, for example, is going to construct a five story, 250,000-square foot health center which will cost more than $100 million; it's scheduled to open in 2021.

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HIMSS Analytics pulled the facilities updates for this article from its Logic Health IT Market Intelligence Platform.

Children's Hospital Medical Center of Akron in Akron, Ohio will be working on its own new facility, having been awarded a $1.5 million grant for a new health center. The plan is for a 38,000-square-foot facility that features pediatric primary care, along with a dozen pediatric specialty care practices and rehabilitation services.

The grant will allow the hospital to purchase pediatric medical equipment, security systems, information technology equipment and to furnish exam rooms and waiting areas. The total cost of the health center is estimated to be $13.8 million and is slated to open in early 2019.

Waldo County General Hospital - Diabetes Services in Belfast, Maine is undergoing an expensive project of its own, with plans to add six new beds and update each of its rooms. Two new rooms will also be added: a trauma bay and new triage room. The project is expected to cost $9.7 million and be completed by late spring 2019.

Mount Nittany Health in State College, Pennsylvania announced a new 26,000-square-foot cardiovascular pavilion that will open at the medical center in the fall of 2019. The $15 million project will have two flexible labs for cardiovascular and electrophysiology procedures, an EKG exam room, four stress test exam rooms and eight prep and recovery bays.

Other projects were announced for which the price tags have not yet been made public. HonorHealth in Scottsdale, Arizona, for instance, has scheduled the groundbreaking of a new hospital for December 2018. It will have more than 40 beds, with space to expand, plus a 24-6 Emergency Department, obstetrical and gynecological care, labor and delivery services and a Level II neonatal intensive care unit. The project is expected to completed late in 2020.

Lastly, Beaufort Memorial Hospital in Beaufort, South Carolina will be teaming up with Medical University of SC in Summerville to build a two story micro hospital. The microhospital is estimated to cost $44 million and will include a 15-bed emergency room and 20 beds for acute care. It should be complete in 2022.

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