World Famous Hospital located in the Carolinas to Expand

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) - The Duke University School of Medicine is


The Herald-Sun of Durham reported Saturday that the university

plans to add an 84,000-square-foot Learning Center as part of an

$800 million expansion.

The expansion will increase space for hospital beds, research

and teaching by about 20 percent.

Construction on the Learning Center will begin after the first

of the year and be completed in 2013.

Officials say the new building will have moveable walls to

reflect a change in training doctors from having a single physician

manage a person's health care to a team approach. One floor will be

able to convert from mock clinical exam rooms to surgery suites to

emergency rooms.

The new building also will centralize medical school facilities

that have been spread across campus.