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Mayo Clinic leads among the biggest hospital construction projects that kicked off in September

Health systems continued either pouring money into their facilities or expanding presence and scope of services last month.

Jeff Lagasse, Associate Editor

The past month has been a busy one for construction and facilities upgrades, with no less than nine hospitals or health systems announcing projects that are either planned or already underway. 

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

WHY IT MATTERS

Mayo Clinic Health System in Rochester, Minnesota is planning a $648 million expansion project  that will nearly double the size of its Phoenix campus within the next five years. The project will increase the square footage by over a million square feet, increase the bed count from 280 to 374, and add close to 200 physicians.

Mayo has also begun to renovate it's cancer center, The $4.9 million project will add 3,900 square feet, which includes nine exam rooms and nine treatment chairs. Construction is expected to be completed in the spring of 2019.

Froedtert Health and Medical College of Wisconsin, located in Milwaukee, is planning to build a 18,000 square foot hospital with emergency and inpatient care. It will feature a seven-bed emergency department, an eight-bed inpatient unit, a laboratory, pharmacy and imaging unit. That's expected to open in 2020.

Hammond-Henry Hospital in Geneseo, Illinois is planning a $1.3 million renovation to their emergency room, the new space will have bigger and more private patient rooms, as well as a walk-in clinic and separate entrance for ambulances. Construction will begin in January and is expected to last until August.

Premier Health in Dayton, Ohio plans to spend $25 million to construct four new medical offices equipped as primary and specialty care hubs with x-ray and laboratory services. The first office will have a ribbon cutting on November 7, followed by another on December 6.

Soin Medical Center in in Beavercreek, Ohio has begun working on a new five-story, $70 million medical tower. The 170,000 square-foot tower will house more surgical services, cardiac services, private inpatient rooms and unused space to allow for further expansion. Construction is expected to be completed by the summer of 2020.

Kalispell Regional Medical Center in Kalispell, Montana has completed a $14 million Emergency Department expansion project. They increased the number of beds from 12 to 30 and added six private trauma rooms.

Martin Health Systems in Stuart, Florida is seeking $30 million to develop a neuroscience building for spine and brain surgery as well as neurology services. The project is expected to take two years to build.

Huntsville Hospital Health System in Huntsville, Alabama will begin work on an expansion project next year that will add 72 beds and 24 operating rooms. The project is expected to take about two years to complete.

Orlando Health in Orlando, Florida is planning to construct a new freestanding ER and medical pavilion, though the cost and timeline have not yet been disclosed.

THE BIGGER TREND

These hospitals and systems join a lengthy list from last month, which was highlighted by a $1 billion systemwide expansion at Allegheny Health Network in Pittsburgh. 

Western Connecticut Health Network in Danbury, Connecticut,also announced a pricey project last month, with plans 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.

Twitter: @JELagasse
Email the writer: jeff.lagasse@himssmedia.com

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