Saint Thomas Health is looking to redevelop property it has on its Saint Thomas West Hospital campus, according to a Metro Planning Commission agenda filing.
As first reported by The Tennessean, the entity seeks a specific plan zoning for the seven-acre site, which has an address of 109 Bosley Springs Road and is home to the long-vacant Imperial House apartment building. If approved, the zoning would allow for 400,000 square feet of office space and up to 50,000 square feet of retail space, the morning daily reports. Multiple buildings could be part of the effort, according to The Tennessean.
The modernist 12-story Imperial House (see here in an image courtesy of Google Maps) likely would need to be imploded given its height and mass.
A building for the University of Tennessee Health Science Center is planned to be part of the overall redevelopment.
The commission will vote on the SP zoning request on March 12.
Truven Health Analytics has recognized Vanderbilt University Medical Center and Saint Thomas West as two of the nation's top 100 hospitals.
It is the 14th such ranking for VUMC and the 13th for Saint Thomas in the annual study, which compares patient care, operational efficiency and financial stability as reported by public data sources. The study reports that if the top performing hospitals' benchmarks were achieved by all U.S. hospitals, nearly 165,000 lives and $5.4 billion could be saved.
"Truven Health 100 Top Hospitals award winners prove that better care and operational efficiency can be achieved simultaneously — regardless of ever-changing factors such as the state of the economy and efforts in health care reform," said the study.
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