Daily roundup: Sept. 27, 2012

Bite-sized hospital and health industry news

  • California: UC-Davis' $33 million new cancer wing opened this week after more than a decade of construction. The aim of the new wing at the Comprehensive Cancer Center site is to enhance patient access to clinical trials, streamline operations, improve collaboration between the clinical and basic research facilities, and integrate pediatric oncology into the main cancer center (Craft, Sacramento Bee, 9/25).
  • California: UC-Davis Health System recently signed a $17.5 million agreement with state and federal officials to lead an initiative to electronically link California hospitals, EDs, and physicians by 2014. The initiative—called the California Health eQuality program—seeks to boost health care quality and coordination by improving data sharing among health care providers (Robertson, Sacramento Business Journal, 9/25; UC-Davis release, 9/25).
  • Illinois: Modern Healthcare this week examined a conflict between a surgeon and her hospital over a new hospital project. Yelena Levitin, a staff surgeon at Northwest Community Hospital, wants to build a $4 million, 7,700-square-foot ambulatory surgical center. But hospital CEO Bruce Crowther says the new center would target patients that the hospital has treated "for years" (Wang, Modern Healthcare, 9/19 [subscription required]).
  • Nebraska: The Department of Agriculture says it will lend $20 million to rebuild Sidney Regional Medical Center. The hospital project also will receive a  $20 million loan from AgStar Financial and a $9.8 million contribution from the hospital. The new hospital will be established on a 20-acre site and will replace the hospital that was built in 1955 (AP/Omaha World-Herald, 9/26).

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