- Colorado: To accommodate Denver's rapidly growing population, UCHealth in Aurora, Colorado, is opening up five new community hospitals. Two of the hospitals, UCHealth Grandview Hospital and UCHealth Broomfield Hospital, opened up a few months ago, while a third—UCHealth Longs Peak Hospital—is scheduled to open in August, and the other two are yet to be built. The system said investing in the hospitals was more cost effective than expanding its main campus, the University of Colorado Hospital, which as an academic medical center focuses on high-acuity patients (Barkholz, Modern Healthcare, 5/30).
- North Carolina: The Board of Trustees of the North Carolina Hospital Association has selected Stephen Lawler, SVP of Carolinas HealthCare's regional group, to serve as president of the North Carolina Hospital Association, effective July 1. Lawler, who served as a medical corps service officer in the U.S. Army, has held various leadership positions over the past 20 years at Vidant Health in Greenville, North Carolina (Rosin, Becker's Hospital Review, 5/30).
- Virginia: Inova Loudoun Hospital has placed a tool integral to its planned $275 million expansion right in the middle of the ED's parking lot: A large white tent, which houses multiple mock ups of the hospital's future rooms. Medical professionals can assess and suggest changes to the design of the rooms, each of which is built to scale and enhanced with virtual reality imaging. As part of the expansion, the hospital plans to construct two more patient towers, as well as additional parking lots, expanded surgical sites, and new obstetric and ED capacities (Reed, Washington Business Journal, 5/30).
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