7 hospitals planning upgrades, expansions

The following hospitals announced or completed plans in the last week to expand, upgrade or renovate their facilities.

1. Advocate Aurora Health breaks ground on $130M outpatient facility
Advocate Aurora Health, a recently merged entity comprised of Downers Grove, Ill.-based Advocate Health Care and Milwaukee-based Aurora Healthcare, broke ground Oct. 9 on a $130 million ambulatory surgery center and medical office building.

2. Georgia OKs Piedmont Athens' $171M expansion, renovation project
Georgia regulators greenlighted Piedmont Athens (Ga.) Regional Medical Center's $171 million expansion and renovation project.

3. UC San Diego Health to open at least 10 primary care sites
UC San Diego Health will open more than 10 express and primary care sites over the next four years to increase patient access to providers.

4. Columbia UMC-trained cardiologists open tech-focused heart clinics in New York: 6 things to know
A group of cardiologists trained at Columbia University Medical Center in New York City is opening a string of technology-infused preventive cardiology clinics across the city.

5. Novant Health to open 15 urgent care centers in North Carolina
Winston-Salem, N.C.-based Novant Health, in partnership with GoHealth Urgent Care, plans to establish a large network of urgent care centers across North Carolina. The first phase of the project will include constructing 15 centers in Charlotte and Winston-Salem, N.C.

6. UPMC Hamot breaks ground on $111M patient tower
Erie, Pa.-based UPMC Hamot broke ground on the largest construction project in its 135-year history — a $111 million patient care tower.

7. Sibley Memorial Hospital to open proton therapy center in 2019
Washington, D.C.-based Sibley Memorial Hospital, part of Baltimore-based Johns Hopkins Medicine, is constructing a proton treatment center for cancer patients.

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