MOUNT VERNON, IL-Attached or adjacent medical office buildingsare now joining more new hospital construction plans, according toa project manager at McCarthy Building Cos. TheSt. Louis-based firm is about 30% complete with the $140 millionSamaritan Regional Health Center here, and has started constructionon a connected 141,000-square-foot MOB on the site.

Jeff Boyer tells that this trend isnot just limited to the Midwest. “Most of the new nationalprojects, of which we’re seeing more as the companies cut loosetheir plans, are adding medical office building components.Hospitals are looking for ways to combine their services withleasing for non-clinical activities,” he says.

The hospital here is a replacement for the current GoodSamaritan, though it doubles it in size at five stories. Theproject is expected to be complete by October 2012. ShoresBuilders and Lipps Construction are thelocal partners on the development. The hospital is part of theSSM Health Care system, based out of St.Louis.

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