Intermountain Healthcare tops list of most expensive construction/expansion projects announced during last month

From New York to Salt Lake City, these are the hospitals and health systems investing money to improve their facilities -- or build new ones.

Jeff Lagasse, Associate Editor

Several hospitals and health systems have announced plans to invest money in their facilities, using resources to beef up or expand their buildings and the patient care experience -- and tops on this month's list is the $150 million investment announced by Intermountain Healthcare.

Based in Salt Lake City, the system is using that cash to construct a brand-new hospital, Intermountain Spanish Fork Hospital. Work will begin after an August 13 groundbreaking, and is expected to be completed by 2020. 

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Among the hospital's new features will be five labor and delivery rooms, two C-section rooms, two antepartum rooms, 12 postpartum beds, 12 emergency department rooms, four operating rooms and two gastroenterology suites.

Memorial Hermann Health System in Houston, Texas, isn't loosening its wallet to quite that extent but, then again, it's not building a whole new hospital either. It is, however, launching a $25 million expansion project.

The expansion will include 20 medical/surgical beds, four new ICU beds, a second catheterization laboratory and an endoscopy suite. That project should be done by summer of next year.

The only other expansion effort announced in the past month to have a definitive dollar amount attached to it comes from Southwestern Vermont Health Care in Bennington, Vermont. It just received a $5 million donation from Mack Molding, and will be used to expand and renovate the emergency department.

Two other projects have been announced without the costs being made public, at last to date. Valley Health System in Winchester, Virginia has been approved for the construction plan of Warren Memorial Hospital, a three-story facility with 36 private inpatient rooms, 12 ICU step-down beds, 18 emergency department rooms, six observation rooms, three operating rooms and a cardiac catheterization lab.

Canton-Potsdam Hospital in Potsdam, New York, has received approval for a new, two-story, 20,000-square-foot building that will house outpatient procedure rooms and physician offices. The certificate of need still has to be approved by the State Department of health.

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