Business briefs

Jun. 21, 2013 @ 04:52 PM

Duke files for early phase of Duke North renovation
DURHAM – Duke University Hospital has filed for approval for a $48.4 million renovation project for Duke North Hospital, a facility built in 1980 that’s planned to be renovated after patients move into the new Duke Medicine Pavilion.
The approximately $600 million Duke Medicine Pavilion project will add 608,000 square feet to the hospital system. Patients are planned to be moved into the pavilion from Duke North, allowing for the older facility’s renovation.
Dr. Monte D. Brown, vice president at the Duke University Health System and the Duke School of Medicine associate dean of veterans’ affairs, said patients will not be moved until July 27.
The $48 million project, expected to stretch across two years, is an early phase of the planned renovation project. It’s primarily for electrical systems, Brown said, and also includes upgrades to nine operating rooms and one patient ward.
Eventually, hospital officials hope to upgrade all other units in Duke North in a more than five-year effort, he said.
Brown said he expects the Certificate of Need that was filed for the project will be approved because hospital officials are not asking to increase the number of beds in the facility or in the number of operating rooms, or of other regulated assets.
“It’s just simply an improvement in the existing services,” he said.
In North Carolina, health care providers are prohibited by state law from acquiring, replacing or adding to their facilities except in certain circumstances without prior approval from the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services.

Durham’s Hill Center wins business plan competition
DURHAM – The Hill Center, the school and teacher training center in Durham for learning differences, learning disabilities and ADHD, was named as one of two winners of Social Impact Exchange’s 2013 Business Plan Competition.
The center was a winner along with California-based Juma Ventures, according to a news release. The winners receive a cash award and consulting services.
The Hill Center has a research-based curriculum that allows trained teachers to address skill gaps for student aged 3 to 18 years, according to the release.
The center plans to grow across eastern North Carolina, to nine additional school districts.
The awards were given Monday at Social Impact Exchange’s 2013 Symposium on Scaling Impact.