Mercy has selected McCarthy Building Companies Inc. to serve as construction manager for a new 825,000-square-foot hospital in Joplin to replace the former St. John's Mercy Regional Medical Center demolished in the May 22, 2011, EF-5 tornado. The new hospital has a construction budget of $335 million and initially will have 261 beds but will expand to 309. Plans include medical-surgical, critical care and women's/children's (labor, delivery, recovery and postpartum) rooms as well as behavioral health and rehab.


The Orlando office of VOA Associates Inc. will serve as medical planner, architect and interior designer for a renovation of the Viera VA Outpatient Clinic. The contract encompasses 45,000 square feet and will cost $2.76 million to build.


Endless Mountains Health Systems recently broke ground on its critical access hospital replacement facility in Montrose. Phase 1 of the new hospital, which was designed by Stratton Brook Associates LLC of West Simsbury, Conn., will be a three-story building that includes emergency medicine, imaging, lab­oratory,surgery, inpatient beds and related support services. Construction management services are being provided by Sordoni Construction Services of Forty Fort, Pa.


Orlando Regional Medical Center announced plans to build a new 345,000-square-foot, 10-story patient bed tower. The project also includes increasing the size of the hospital's emergency department and adding a proton radiation therapy unit for cancer treatment.