Wesley Medical Plans New Children’s Hospital

By Jenny Ivy Byrne
A new $28 million dedicated children’s hospital will help Wesley Medical Center in Wichita expand its children’s services and inpatient pediatric areas. The hospital announced Feb. 5 it will completely renovate its pediatric areas to provide a safe, welcoming environment for children and parents.

St. Patrick Hospital to Form New Obstetrics Unit

Providence St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula is teaming up with obstetrics and gynecology physicians at Western Montana Clinic (WMC), also based in Missoula.

Patient Safety Improving, CDC Reports

Patient safety has been improving, according to a study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.

Woman’s Hospital of Texas Earns Baby-Friendly Designation

The Woman’s Hospital of Texas has earned the distinction of being a Baby-Friendly-designated birth facility, a designation given by Baby-Friendly USA based in Albany, N.Y.

Pearland Medical Center opens in Texas

By Jenny Ivy Byrne
The new Pearland Medical Center in Texas marked its official opening with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Jan. 9. The $71 million acute-care medical center, the first in Pearland, is located on a 48-acre site, and its 144,000 square feet houses 33patient beds.

University General Closes Dallas Hospital

Two weeks after announcing on Dec. 9 that it would sell its Dallas hospital, Houston-based University General Health System (University General) confirmed rumors that it will close the facility.

Anderson County Hospital Gets Ready to Open

Anderson County Hospital, a 25-bed critical access hospital in Garnett, is set to open its doors on Jan. 29. The hospital will offer health care services, including primary care, emergency care, laboratory services, imaging services, and inpatient and outpatient surgery.

Military’s Largest Outpatient Ambulatory Center Continues Construction

By Jenny Ivy Byrne
San Antonio will soon be home to the largest outpatient ambulatory care center for the Department of Defense. Phase I of the four-phase Wilford Hall Ambulatory Surgical Center project at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas is now complete.

Three Ways Flooring Design Affects Hospitals

By Jenny Ivy Byrne
Flooring has always been a hot topic of debate for hospitals, according to Debra Harris, PhD, principal investigator at RAD Consultants in Austin, Texas. Harris is the author of “The Role of Flooring as a Design Element Affecting Patient and Healthcare Worker Safety,” an article published in the spring 2013 issue of Health Environments Research & Design Journal.

Health Care Employee Confidence Declines

Health care worker confidence decreased to the lowest level in more than a year, according to an online study of more than 160 employees.