West Feliciana Parish Breaks Ground on New Facility

The new West Feliciana Parish’s hospital, a joint venture between Baton Rouge, La.-based GraceHerbert Architects and Dallas-based Curtis Group Architects, broke ground on Jan. 27 in St. Francisville. Stuart and Co., also based in Baton Rouge, is serving as the general contractor on the project.

Funding For Health Care Tech Companies Climbs

With telehealth gaining momentum in the health care industry, funding for on-demand health care companies that provide services 24/7 is climbing drastically. The funding for these companies is expected to quadruple in the next couple of years, and by 2017, there will be more than $1 billion in investment capital, according to a report from Accenture. Companies like Kaiser Permanente have already invested approximately $4 billion in building the company’s “HealthConnect” platform, which will allow members to access real-time access to medical records as well as providing in-home monitoring and virtual consultants.

3 Top Hospital Projects in 2015

By Layne Gudenkauf
In 2015, construction in the health care industry tended to move towards approaches that would hopefully give patients a more tailored and personal-care experience. Some of the hospitals focused on bringing nature inside and into the healing process, while other hospitals took a more digital approach. Read on to see three of the top projects of 2015.

Royal Philips & Marin General Hospital Announce Partnership

Amsterdam-headquartered Royal Philips Healthcare and Marin General Hospital in Greenbrae, Calif., announced a 15-year partnership on Jan. 12. The partnership is an example of the growing trend for health care systems to partner with health care technology companies such as Philips to be able to better manage the cost and complexity that comes with providing the most up-to-date technological equipment.

Prospect Medical Holdings Acquires Crozer-Keystone Health System

An agreement was made between Crozer-Keystone Health System and Prospect Medical Holdings Inc. for the acquisition of Crozer-Keystone by Prospect, according to a statement from Prospect Medical Holdings. Although the two systems are merging, many things will stay the same for Crozer-Keystone hospitals, including their name.

Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital Cape Cod to Expand

he Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital Cape Cod in Sandwich is planning on breaking ground at the beginning of the New Year to expand the hospital to be able to accommodate more outpatient services, according to Cape Cod Times.

Sharp Grossmont Hospital Completes $26 Million Modernization

The East Tower Nursing Unit at Sharp Grossmont Hospital in San Diego received a complete overhaul including the renovation and modernization of their facility. The new unit delivered much-needed upgrades to the infrastructure and the renovation of the seven-floor building’s second through fifth floors, according to a statement.

Cedars-Sinai & Techstars Partner in Funding Program

The Los Angeles-based Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and Techstars, a start-up accelerator, have partnered together to help provide funding for the next generation of health care entrepreneurs, according to Modern Healthcare. The companies hope to provide resources to new companies working towards health care-based technology.

Christiana Care to Transform Women & Children’s Services

Wilmington-based Christiana Care Health System recently announced plans to transform health care for women, children and infants throughout the state with a $260 million enhancement project at Christiana Hospital.

USDA Increases Funds for Rural Telehealth Programs

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) increased funding for telehealth in rural locations around the United States. U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that the USDA Rural Development’s Distance Learning and Telemedicine Program was awarded $23.4 million in additional funding for 75 projects in 31 states, according to Healthcare IT News.