Mobile, Ala. hospital looking to expand

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - The University of South Alabama Children's and Women's Hospital says it wants to add new operating rooms and a
three-story tower dedicated to pediatric care at a cost of $72 million.

Hospital officials said Monday they're seeking state approval for the project and say the goals are to modernize and provide family-centered care at the Mobile hospital.

Officials say the current 152-bed hospital averages about 200 patients a day, including about 80 newborns in the neonatal intensive care unit.

Before the project can begin, state law requires a certificate of need be granted by the State Health Planning and Development Agency. Hospital officials say the process has begun and should be completed this summer, with work beginning shortly after that.

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