MU Health Care outlined its strategy to treat more patients Wednesday at a UM System Board of Curators Health Affairs Committee meeting.

The strategy was presented with the MU Health Care Annual Report, Quarterly Finance Report and Quarterly Compliance Report.

MU Health Care will gain 29 hospital beds, 12 emergency department rooms, 12 urgent care exam rooms, six operating rooms, 34 pre/post-surgical operation rooms and a new CT scanner.

Some of the hospital beds will be in a new medical psychiatry unit at University Hospital.

Jonathan Curtright, chief executive officer of MU Health Care, said University Hospital, the largest provider in the MU Health Care system, has an average occupancy rate of 76.5%.

Curtright said the maximum capacity for any hospital is 80%, meaning the hospital is running out of room.

To remedy this, Curtright presented a plan to move 15 to 25 patients a day from University Hospital and Women’s and Children’s Hospital to the Missouri Orthopaedic Institute, which has an occupancy rate of 30%.

“We want to be able to say yes every single day,” he said.

The strategy will also include projects like the Translational Precision Medical Complex. Next week, the university is breaking ground on the new facility.

“This has really given some opportunity to coalesce the research efforts of faculty that actually represent all four campuses of the University of Missouri, particularly focusing on the areas of cancer and cardiovascular research,” interim MU School of Medicine Dean Steven Zweig said.

The Health Committee meeting occurred ahead of the UM System Board of Curators’ June meeting, which is scheduled for next week.

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