Here are the new hospital construction, expansion projects revealed in May

A number of hospitals and health systems have new projects underway, with investments reaching as high as $500 million.

Jeff Lagasse, Associate Editor

A number of hospital construction projects began or were announced during the month of May and several of them involve hefty dollar amounts.

HIMSS Analytics pulled the following from its Logic Health IT Market Intelligence Platform

The biggest ticket belongs to HCA Healthcare in Nashville, Tennessee, which has $500 million worth of expansion projects slated for six of its hospitals over the next three years. TriStar Centennial Medical Center in Nashville plans on adding four floors to its hospital and a new joint replacement center, which will tie up about $124 million. Tristar Summit Medical Center will add a medical/surgical bed unit, while TriStar StoneCrest Medical Center will add 17 hospital beds and expand the behavioral health and emergency room.

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Meanwhile there's Texas Health Resources, based in Arlington. It announced a $300 million expansion project for its Fort Worth campus, which will likely be completed by 2021. As a part of the project, a new 9-story patient tower will be built, adding 144 inpatient beds as well as 15 surgical suites and new pre- and post-operative services.

CHA Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center in Los Angeles will be spending only slightly less on its own new patient tower. That tower, costing $291 million, will encompass 20 exam rooms, a private exam room for women's services, 13 labor and delivery rooms, three surgical suites, 19 beds for neonatal intensive care and an emergency department double the size of the current ED. That last should be up and running sometime in 2020.

The dollar amounts for other projects announced this months are smaller in scale, but only by comparison. Beacon Health System in South Bend, Indiana, for instance, unveiled plans for a $26 million, 33,000 square-foot hospital which will be named Beacon Granger Hospital. That project will include 11 beds, eight inpatient beds and a full emergency department, with the whole works expected to by up and running after about a year of construction.

River's Edge Hospital and Clinic in St. Peter, Minnesota has already broken ground on its $33.8 million expansion project, which will increase the patient bed count from 17 to 25 and revamp existing rooms. The money will also go toward expanding the lab, pharmacy and surgical departments; all that should be done by 2020.

Stevens Community Medical Center in Morris, Minnesota is undergoing construction of a 20,000-square-foot addition that will house two new operating suites and 8 patient rooms for both in- and outpatient procedures. The hospital plans to purchase about $1.2 million worth of new equipment for the operating rooms and patient rooms.

There are other projects that began or were announced this month for which the expenses were not revealed. Moore County Hospital in Dumas, Texas, for example, is undergoing construction of a 55,000-square-foot addition to house all patient care services. The new two-story structure will offer new surgical suites, procedure rooms, and an expanded emergency department. Community Memorial Hospital in Syracuse, Nebraska is on track to open a new medical campus by November, featuring more patient privacy and more space for surgeries.

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