Capital expenditures increased 43.4 percent to $420.5 million during the year ended June 30, 2013 compared to the prior year primarily due to increased spending related to The Detroit Medical Center specified capital project commitments and the start of construction of a new hospital in New Braunfels, Texas and other expansion projects.
About Vanguard Health Systems
We own and operate 28 acute care and specialty hospitals and complementary facilities and services in metropolitan Chicago, Illinois; metropolitan Detroit, Michigan; metropolitan Phoenix, Arizona; San Antonio, Texas; Harlingen and Brownsville, Texas; and Worcester and metropolitan Boston, Massachusetts. Our strategy is to develop locally branded, comprehensive health care delivery networks in urban and suburban markets.
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