A hospital in the US city of Seattle will be able to treat all its patients in a beautiful year’s start, according to a US healthcare firm.
Seattle Grace Hospital (SGH), a nonprofit hospital founded by former Microsoft executive Steve Ballmer, is already planning for its first year after the federal government began to allow it to receive federal funds for the first time.
The new funding means the hospital, which opened in 2013, will be equipped to care for all its people in an unseasonably warm, humid year, according the Seattle Times.
The hospital will open in September 2019 and will have three hospitals and five hospitals and 10 hospitals and 20 hospitals.
It will be the first hospital in a city of 3.5 million people to receive such funding, which it will use to upgrade and modernise facilities.
The $1.8 billion in funding, announced in March 2018, will help the hospital deal with the fallout from the coronavirus pandemic.
Ballmer has been trying to get the hospital to reopen and is hoping to get a tax break to do so.
The hospital is a long-standing partner of the Seattle-based Microsoft, where he is chairman and CEO.
SGH is currently a pilot of a new health system in the United States, which is being rolled out in California and Oregon.
The aim is to use its new facilities to improve health care delivery in the area, and provide care for the most vulnerable, particularly people with pre-existing conditions.
‘The world’s most beautiful’ The Seattle Times said that the new hospital will “be beautiful” in a decade’s time.
It is “the world’s first privately owned, publicly funded hospital, the most modern, sustainable and fully equipped in the nation”, it said.
It said the new facility would provide emergency care for 1,000 people per day and would have a “high level of accessibility” and access to “world-class healthcare”.
The Times said the hospital will become the first privately-owned, publicly-funded hospital in California.
It has not announced when the hospital is expected to open.
The news comes after Ballmer announced plans to create a charity foundation to give away healthcare money to help people in developing countries.
He said in February that he was donating $1 billion of his fortune to fund the foundation.
This is the first new hospital to open in America since California began accepting Medicaid in 1993.
Last year, Seattle Grace closed its doors after failing to meet federal health guidelines.
In February, the hospital’s chief operating officer, Kevin Meehan, resigned amid questions over the hospital not meeting its minimum health care standards.
Meehans departure came after an internal review found the hospital was not meeting the standards of a public hospital.
In a statement, Ballmer said he was “disappointed” in the hospital.
“Seattle Grace is not a public institution and does not meet federal guidelines for a public healthcare facility.
We are committed to meeting all of the standards set by the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services,” he said.
“We have not met our minimum standards and will be addressing them and improving them.
Seattle Grace will open its doors to all our patients in 2019 and beyond.”
‘More than a dream’ Seattle Grace is one of a number of hospitals being used as a model by other US hospitals to meet the government’s goal of having 10 million people with chronic diseases treated by a single hospital in 2025.
Another Seattle hospital, Mercy Medical Center in Atlanta, opened in September 2018, after more than a year of planning.