Med Center board gets construction
The Medical Center
Operating Board, meeting Sept. 19, reviewed about $90 million
in capital projects planned and in progress for the Medical Center.
list includes a $58 million hospital expansion, a $1.4 million
breast care center, a $1.25 million cancer center and an $8.5
million expansion of the south garage.
hospital expansion, slated to be complete in December 2005, is
a horizontal expansion of the existing building, with a renovation
of the entire second floor to accommodate the rebuilding and expansion
of the Perioperative
Services and Heart
Center. Interventional Radiology and a clinical laboratory
are also included.
breast care center, which will occupy 7,200 square feet of renovated
space and house breast imaging and breast cancer therapy, is to
be completed by May.
expansion of the existing cancer center is also planned for completion
then. The parking garage addition would create 419 spaces to replace
those lost by construction, the loss of a leased lot and expansion
of the reserved parking areas.
construction is being paid for through bonds issued by the state
which the Medical Center will be responsible for paying
off as well as $4 million from Medical Center revenues.
under construction is a $3.25 million expansion of the critical
care unit, which is funded through the Medical Centers annual
capital budget, and a $16.75 million clinical office building
at the Fontaine Research Park, which will provide more space for
imaging and clinical care.
Officer Larry Fitzgerald outlined the hospitals financial
picture, which showed fewer discharges in 2001-2002 than 2000-2001
and fewer than anticipated in the 2002 budget. Despite this, Medical
Center revenue in 2002 was higher than in 2001 and exceeded the
amount budgeted, though Fitzgerald warned that this was due to
some one-time revenues and fewer write-offs than anticipated.
number of surgeries, which make money for the hospital, was down
while operating expenses were up. Supplies proved more expensive
than budgeted. Labor costs were $10 million over budget, though
Fitzgerald said the Medical Center was making headway in reducing
the size of its workforce.
Medical Center workforce has been reduced by 181 full-time equivalencies,
including 67 people in a reassignment pool, 48 of whom have been
retrained and placed in other jobs, said R. Edward Howell, vice
president and chief executive officer of the Medical Center. The
rest of the vacancies arose through attrition. The Medical Center
is trying to rearrange its workforce without layoffs, Howell said.
The Medical Centers operating surplus for 2002 was $6 million,
$8.7 million less than the previous year and $24 million less