The Replace-in-Place Construction Solution

My wife and I are planning a major renovation of our home—admittedly nothing like a healthcare project, but I will get back to healthcare, if you bear with me for a moment. Have you ever lived through a renovation in your home? What kind of experience was it? Would you do it again?  If the first answer was yes, more often than not, the third answer is, “No. I wouldn’t recommend it without serious consideration of other alternatives.” We have gone through and eliminated these alternatives: 1. Buy a new house on another site. Nearby homes are out of our… Full Story

Morning Rounds (12.05.12)

A Houston-based hospital company is entering the Dallas market by acquiring Oak Cliff’s South Hampton Community Hospital in a $30 million deal.

Dallas-based AT&T has released its list of the top five healthcare IT trends for 2013.

The Government Accountability Office says variances in Medicaid expenses in two different data sets leave billions of dollars in expenditures unexplained.

Nursing is the country’s No. 1 trusted profession, according to a new Gallup poll. Overall, healthcare professions occupy three of the survey’s top four spots.

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Cornerstone Healthcare to Build Hospital in Round Rock

Dallas-based Cornerstone Healthcare Group will break ground tomorrow on a long-term, acute-care hospital in Round Rock. The two-story hospital will be within the Avery Centre master planned development. The 60,000-square-foot facility will include 54 private patient rooms. It will treat renal disease, pulmonary disorders, wound care, and burns. “This project will complete the continuum of care in this area and provide a much needed service,” said Dr. Kurt Berneberg, medical director at Cornerstone Hospital of Austin, in a statement. The hospital is expected to open in November 2013 and create more than 100 new jobs in Round Rock.

Facility Strategies in an Uncertain Future

Last week at our company’s semi-annual meeting of 40 of our Healthcare leaders and project executives from across the country, we shared stories of projects that are moving forward despite the uncertain future we all face in the economy and the regulatory environment. The healthcare providers that are able to move forward with facility planning and construction are fewer in number and smaller in size than we have seen in the past – although there are examples that buck the trend. A summary presentation of the healthcare industry showed that healthcare providers are being evaluated more and more, by patients… Full Story

Morning Rounds (10.31.12)

The influenza vaccine may reduce the risk of heart-related disease and death—by as much as 50 percent, according to two separate studies. In a 3-2 vote, the Commissioners Court has approved extending medical benefits to domestic partners of Dallas County workers. New senior living communities are coming to McKinney and Fort Worth, courtesy of SRP Medical and Frontier Management. Dallas-based Tenet Healthcare Corp. has extended its cash offer for senior notes due in 2013 to Oct. 31, 2012.

SRP Medical and Frontier Management Adding Two DFW Senior Living Communities

New senior living communities are coming to McKinney and Fort Worth, courtesy of SRP Medical and Frontier Management. SRP Medical, formerly a healthcare division for The Staubach Co., will break ground on the new residences by the end of the year, with completion scheduled for January 2014. The 107-unit, 80,000-square-foot McKinney project, at the corner of Stonebridge Drive and Eldorado Parkway, will offer 75 assisted-living residences and 32 memory care apartments. The 114-unit, 100,000-square-foot Fort Worth development, near Bryant Irving Road and Interstate 20, will offer 90 assisted-living residences and 24 memory-support apartments. Both will be run by Frontier Management.… Full Story

Baylor Surgical Hospital at Fort Worth Plans New Facility

Baylor Surgical Hospital at Fort Worth has purchased of 5.3 acres of land with plans to construct a three-story, 77,000-square-foot, acute care replacement hospital to be located on Park Place. Construction is slated to begin May 2013 and the new building would replace its current facility, located at 750 12th Ave. in Fort Worth. The replacement facility will enhance the range of inpatient and outpatient surgical procedures, specializing in orthopedic, spine, pain management, urology, general, plastic, and ear, nose and throat surgery. The new facility will feature 30 inpatient beds, 14 operating rooms, a 24-hour emergency room for minor emergencies,… Full Story

Morning Rounds (10.17.12)

Methodist Mansfield Medical Center has opened a Wound Care and Hyperbaric Center as part of its physicians medical office building.

National health expenditures grew 3.8 percent 4 percent in August 2012, when compared to the previous year.

Parkland Health & Hospital has topped out its $1.27 billion, 2.1 million-square-foot hospital facility, slated for completion in 2014.

UT Southwestern Medical Center researchers say hormones have been found to mimic the health benefits of dieting without having to restrict caloric intake.

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Parkland Tops Out New $1.3 Billion Hospital

Parkland Health & Hospital topped out its $1.27 billion, 2.1 million-square-foot hospital facility, slated for completion in 2014, when the final structural beam was put into place atop the main tower last week. The new hospital will feature 862 beds, an outpatient center and a utility plant, as well as more spacious operating rooms, a burn center, and a neonatal intensive care unit, along with a 6,000-space parking garage, All that needs to be completed at this point is the exterior surface and interior patient rooms and departments. The new Parkland hospital also boasts a revamped plan for patient care. “Safe… Full Story

Is your Medical Home a Tudor, Colonial, or Ranch?

Several years ago, when I first heard the term Medical Home, I was intrigued. As a healthcare designer, my thoughts were immediately consumed by the facility implications. What would this do to the outpatient environment as we know it? How would the space have to change? What would the community building look like? I soon learned “Medical Home” is a concept or strategy for the business of delivering healthcare. But, of course, with this progressive model for resolving a number of pressing issues on today’s care system, facility-related solutions are a must to create optimum team synergy and the best… Full Story