WHAT HAPPENED WEDNESDAY: All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg officially unveiled its plans Wednesday for a new $270-million hospital and nearly 1-million square feet of new space. Here are some highlights of the proposal.
WHAT IT MEANS: The new hospital aims to provide more amenities for families, including private rooms, better sleeping arrangements for parents and Internet connections for patient Web pages. There will be a closer relationship with Bayfront Medical Center, with the labor and delivery services now housed at Bayfront moving to the new All Children's. In addition, outpatient care will take place in a separate center adjoining the new hospital, with its own MRI, CT and other services.
WHAT'S NEXT? The project will break ground in spring 2005 and is expected to be completed in summer 2007. It will be financed through a mix of cash reserves, a bond issue and private donations. The hospital is beginning a five-year, $75-million fundraising campaign.
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