Daily roundup: Sept. 14, 2012

Bite-sized hospital and health industry news.

  • California: Kaiser Permanente Orange County has replaced Kaiser Permanente Lakeview Hospital with the new, 262-bed Anaheim Medical Center. The 434,000-square-foot facility features private rooms, 10 ORs, 36 ED treatment bays, 10 labor and delivery rooms, 20 neonatal ICU beds, and a helipad for trauma patients (LA Biz, 9/12).

  • Michigan: Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital has opened a new $1 million hydroponic greenhouse that allows it to serve healthy, cost-efficient produce to patients. The 1,500-square-foot glass structure can produce up to 15,000 heads of lettuce a year. The greenhouse and adjoining education center was funded by an anonymous donor and officials say it is the first hospital-based greenhouse in the country (Rector, Detroit Free Press, 9/12).

  • New York: Only 20% of the 3.8 million New York City ED visits in 2008 were serious enough to result in a hospital admission, according to a United Hospital Fund report. Three city hospitals treated a majority of "super-users," patients who visited an ED at least five times annually for three straight years (Crain's New York Business/Modern Healthcare, 9/11 [subscription required]).

  • New York: The New York City Board of Health on Thursday approved a rule banning the sale of large servings of sugary beverage at restaurants, concession stands, and other venues. The rule—first proposed in May by Mayor Michael Bloomberg—applies to drinks that are 16 ounces or more, although it will not cover those sold in supermarkets and most convenience stores. Unless it is block by a judge, the ban will go into effect on March 12 (AP/Modern Healthcare, 9/13 [subscription required]; Grynbuam, New York Times, 9/13).   

  • Texas: Dallas-based Tenet Healthcare is investing $67 million to expand Sierra Providence East Medical Center in El Paso. The 145,000-square-foot expansion will add 82 beds to the hospital, which currently has 110 beds, and add classrooms for community health education (Kutscher, Modern Physician, 9/12 [subscription required]).

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