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December 2010

A newsmaking year in local healthcare for CaroMont Health
CaroMont Health had an eventful 2010. Highlights include announcing a partnership with Columbia University Medical Center's HeartSource, a team of cardiac surgeons, clinical staff, business managers and administrators that helps hospitals launch or enhance their heart surgery programs.
Full story; Gaston Gazette; 12/31/10

Vanguard's Detroit deal set to close
Vanguard Health Systems is expected to finalize a $1.5 billion deal to purchase Detroit Medical Center.
Full story; Detroit Medical Center; 12/30/10

Vanderbilt teaming up with HealthSouth on Williamson County rehab hospital
HealthSouth's proposed rehabilitation hospital for Williamson County could end up being Vanderbilt Stallworth Rehabilitation Hospital-South. Vanderbilt has thrown its support behind the proposed 40-bed rehabilitation hospital and could take part ownership in the project.
Full story; Nashville Business Journal; 12/30/10

Health system sues West Virginia over inadequate Medicaid reimbursements
Appalachian Regional Healthcare has filed a lawsuit against the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources and its Bureau for Medical Services for inadequate Medicaid reimbursement rates.
Full story; Healthcare Finance News; 12/29/10

Transylvania hospital, Mission Health System affiliate
Hospital officials say the focus of this agreement is to maintain, enhance and increase access to health services locally.
Full story;; 12/28/10

Network Health contracts with Southcoast Health System
Network Health Inc., part of the state's health connector program, has entered a contract which will allow its members to receive services from Southcoast Health System.
Full story; Boston Business Journal; 12/28/10

CaroMont Health adopts Simplifi 797 for USP 797 quality assurance
CaroMont Health in Gastonia, NC, has adopted Simplifi 797 quality assurance software to achieve sterile compounding compliance.
Full story;; 12/28/10

Cleveland Clinic: Top 10 Medical Innovations for 2011
Cleveland Clinic's culture of innovation naturally fosters a good deal of discussion about new "game changing" technologies and which ones will have the greatest impact each year.
Full story; Cleveland Clinic website; 12/28/10

Henry Ford Hospital uses new cancer killer
Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit is one of just 17 hospitals across the country - and the first in Michigan - to use a new treatment that uses electrical pulses to kill cancer cells.
Full story; The Detroit News; 12/27/10

Wages to retire from CEO post at St. Luke's Northland
St. Luke's Health System, Kansas City, Mo., announced that Gary Wages will retire as president and CEO of the system's St. Luke's Northland Hospital, Kansas City, effective March 11, 2011. Kevin Trimble, senior vice president and chief nursing officer of the hospital, will be promoted to replace Wages.
Full story; Modern Healthcare; 12/27/10

Ridge hospital racks up awards
Feather River Hospital has been recognized by Medicare for taking measures to improve the quality of patient care it provides. Along with 224 other hospitals around the country, Feather River participated in the CMS/Premier healthcare alliance's Hospital Quality Incentive Demonstration project to test a new way the government plans to pay hospitals through Medicare.
Full story;; 12/26/10

BayCare Health System snuffs out smoking, tobacco use
All BayCare Health System hospitals, outpatient centers and other facilities will become tobacco-free in January.
Full story; Tampa Bay Business Journal; 12/22/2010

Local business owner, wife leave $2.3 million to Kosair Children's Hospital
Local business owner Howard W. "Tommy" Thompson and his wife, Margaret L. "Peggy" Thompson, of Louisville have left a $2.3 million gift to Kosair Children's Hospital to support the area of greatest need.
Full story; Louisville Wave; 12/22/10

Search for world's best healthcare is leading people to Michigan
One patient's decision-making led him to Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, where urology chief Dr. Mani Menon, a world leader in robotic prostate cancer surgery, has attracted 600 patients from 50 states and 22 countries.
Full story;; 12/21/10

Centegra plans new hospital in Huntley
Centegra Health System unveiled plans Monday for a $233 million hospital it wants to build. The health system is still in the planning stages and is expected to file a certificate of need with local officials by the end of the year.
Full story; The Courier News; 12/21/10

Most influential business leaders in West Virginia
Tom Jones, president and CEO of West Virginia United Hospital System is named among the most influential business leaders in West Virginia.
Full story; WVNS; 12/21/10

Cleveland Clinic face transplant patient says she is doing well
Connie Culp, the woman who received the first face transplant in the U.S., says she is doing well. She was able to meet the donor family in recent weeks and explains what she can do now that should could not do a year ago.
Full story; Action for Better Healthcare; 12/21/10

Billings Clinic chooses Craneware Revenue Integrity Solutions
An official with Billings Clinic says with Craneware they will have the tools to improve processes and drive financial performance across all their facilities.
Full story; PR Newswire; 12/20/10

Hospitals team on end-of-life care
A new partnership will include TriHealth, operator of Good Samaritan and Bethesda North hospitals, and Mercy Health Partners, which owns six hospitals including Jewish Hospital. The program is one of the early steps in efforts to organize a system of end-of-life care throughout Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky.
Full story;; 12/19/10

Banner promotes three physicians to regional medical officers
With these new roles, Banner's regions will enjoy the active participation of these physician leaders, and they will also serve as members to the system-wide clinical leadership team. Officials say as Banner moves toward fulfilling a vision of clinical quality, these positions will be instrumental.
Full story; The Greeley Tribune; 12/19/10

Hospitals jockey for position
As healthcare reform efforts kick in, Cleveland Clinic and M.D. Anderson, prominent medical care providers known to be models of efficiency and quality, have either formed or are in talks about partnering with other facilities to broaden their reach.
Full story; Chicago Tribune; 12/19/10

Memorial adds transplant program, boosts profits
Memorial Healthcare System surgeons have completed their first pediatric heart transplant after recently receiving federal approval to perform the procedure at Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital.
Full story; South Florida Business Journal; 12/17/10

Methodist Hospital for surgery celebrates grand opening
Superior patient experience is one of the driving forces at Methodist Hospital for Surgery. The hospital's commitment to hospitality and customer service is demonstrated by its upscale interior design and amenities, such as gourmet room service for patients, free parking, and wireless Internet accessibility throughout the building.
Full story; Methodist Health System; 12/15/10

New center opens at Allegheny General
Allegheny General Hospital has opened the Gastroparesis Center to complement the North Side hospital's digestive disease program.
Full story; Pittsburgh Business Times; 12/15/10

Leading healthcare organizations announce collaborative effort to improve care, lower costs
Cleveland Clinic, Dartmouth Hitchcock, Denver Health, Geisinger Health System, Intermountain Healthcare, Mayo Clinic, and The Dartmouth Institute to form new group to improve healthcare quality and cost.
Full story; PR Newswire; 12/15/10

Derek Raghavan, MD, to lead Carolinas HealthCare's Levine Cancer Institute
Raghavan, a world renowned expert on cancer, has been named President of Levine Cancer Institute, which was established by Carolinas HealthCare System this fall with a $20 million grant from the Leon Levine Foundation. For the past six years, Raghavan has been Chairman and Director of the Taussig Cancer Center at Cleveland Clinic.
Full story; PR Newswire; 12/15/10

Reiner to succeed Dodds as executive vice president, COO
Scott Reiner has been named executive vice president and COO of Adventist Health. He will succeed Larry Dodds, who will retire May 2011.
Full story; Adventist Health; 12/14/10

Medicare Physician Group Practice demonstration project racks up $38.7 million in savings
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services said last week that the 10 physician group practices participating in year four of the Medicare pay-for-performance demonstration project recorded estimated savings of $38.7 million in Medicare expenditures. Three groups – Geisinger Clinic in Danville, Pa., the Marshfield Clinic in Marshfield, Wis., and Park Nicollet Health Services in St. Louis Park, Minn. – achieved benchmark performance on all 32 performance measures.
Full story; Healthcare Finance News; 12/13/10

Monongalia General selects new CEO
Darryl Duncan will take the top spot at Monongalia General Hospital and Mon Health System on February 1. Duncan is succeeding David Robertson.
Full story; The Oklahoman; 12/13/10

New hospital beds can speak to you, in Italian
Eisenhower Medical Center has new beds in their intensive care unit. The beds talk in various languages alerting patients when it's time for them to change position or warning them not to get out of bed.
Full story; The Desert Sun via HealthLeaders Media; 12/13/10

Two Florida hospitals say they won't hire smokers
Florida Hospital Waterman in Tavares and Florida Hospital Fish Memorial in Orange City will no longer hire smokers starting January 1. The hospitals will join a number of healthcare facilities nationwide recently creating policies to screen out job applicants who light up.
Full story; Orlando Sentinel; 12/13/10

Banner Health's first-ever Cardon Children's Medical Center raffle to aid research
The first raffle for the Cardon Children's and has been introduced to assist the Banner Health Foundation in their mission to help treat and cure Arizona's children of ailments, which range in severity from allergies and asthma to more serious cases such as cancer.
Full story; PRWeb; 12/13/10

Marshfield Clinic saves Medicare $83 million
Marshfield Clinic has saved the Medicare program more than $83 million in the first four years of a national demonstration project aimed at improving healthcare quality while reducing costs.
Full story; Wausau Daily Herald;12/12/10

Avera buys Nebraska hospital
Avera Health will extend its reach into Nebraska by buying a hospital that the city of Creighton owns.
Full story; Argus Leader; 12/12/10

Prout says balance a priority for TriHealth employees
TriHealth CEO John Prout says having a healthy balance between work and life outside of the office is important. He discusses a recent award regarding being named one of the best places to work for mothers.
Full story (subscription required); Business Courier; 12/10/10

Beaman named VP of Finance for Adventist Health
John Beaman has been named vice president of finance at Adventist Health. Beaman will succeed Jim Brewster, who will retire late next month.
Full story; Adventist Health; 12/10/10

Boom or bust on the horizon for urgent care and retail clinics?
Catholic Healthcare West executive to speak at a conference that looks at the growing interplay between convenient care, urgent care and worksite clinics. CHW is one of a handful of MinuteClinic's hospital system partners, and he will speak about how this partnership is a viable approach for hospital systems to participate in the benefits of retail clinics without the financial risk.
Full story; PRWeb; 12/10/10

Kentucky's Baptist Healthcare readies for ACO, reorganizes top leadership
Baptist Healthcare System has reorganized its top leadership in order to prepare for becoming an ACO. As it creates the ACO, the system is looking to partner with other healthcare providers.
Full story; Becker's Hospital Review; 12/9/10

Duke University Health System recognized for high quality care
Duke University Health System received nearly $210,000 from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) in a project that rewards hospitals for high quality inpatient care.
Full story;; 12/9/10

Banner Health and other hospitals brace for state cuts
Banner Health, Arizona's largest hospital system and second-largest private employer behind Walmart, said scheduled cuts in Medicaid reimbursements for treatment will cost the hospital system more than $100 million next year.
Full story; The Arizona Republic; 12/9/10

Southwest, PeaceHealth finalize merger
Southwest Washington Medical Center and PeaceHealth made their marriage final Wednesday, signing papers to launch a nonprofit health system with roughly 15,000 employees.
Full story; The Columbian; 12/9/10

Health plan for poor reopens at two Minneapolis hospitals
Regions Hospital in St. Paul and University of Minnesota Medical Center Fairview roll out a plan to help low-income Minnesotans seeking coordinated medical services.
Full story; HealthLeaders Media; 12/8/10

WSU medical school, Henry Ford Health System to expand partnership
Wayne State University's School of Medicine and the Henry Ford Health System announced Tuesday an expanded, five-year partnership to train more students at Henry Ford facilities and combine research interests.
Full story; Free Press; 12/8/10

Cancer fight turns personal, healthcare workers diagnosed at Alegent Health
At Alegent Health Lakeside Hospital's Breast Health Center staff help treat and care for breast cancer patients every day. Recently four of their own staff members were diagnosed with breast cancer. Hear how they are helping each other and other breast cancer patients.
Full story; Action for Better Healthcare; 12/8/10

SSM hospitals recognized for patient care
All five SSM Health Care-St. Louis adult acute care hospitals are 2010 Premier QUEST High Performing Hospitals. The honor recognizes hospitals that are national leaders in improving patient quality and safety.
Full story; St. Louis Post-Dispatch; 12/7/10

Nine North Shore-LIJ hospitals earn pay-for-performance awards
The US Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) awarded nine North Shore-LIJ Health System hospitals more than $814,000, the highest monetary award for any health system participating in a national pay-for-performance project. Conducted by CMS and the Premier healthcare alliance, HQID is the first national project of its kind.
Full story; PR Newswire; 12/6/10

Head of MD Anderson stepping down
Dr. John Mendelsohn, who has served as president of the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston for almost 15 years, announces he'll leave that position after the center finds a new leader. Mendelsohn, 74, says he'll remain a faculty member at the center and become co-director of its new Institute for Personalized Cancer Therapy.
Full story; AP Texas News; 12/6/10

IHI, Catholic Health Partners form partnership
This partnership with Catholic Health Partners provides an extraordinary opportunity to take evidence-based improvements to scale in the states served by Catholic Health Partners says IHI.
Full story; HealthLeaders Media; 12/6/10

Kettering Medical Center to expand
Kettering Medical Center is moving forward with plans to expand its campus. If approved, construction could start on the first of the four planned buildings as early as March.
Full story; Dayton Business Journal; 12/6/10

Nine North Shore-LIJ hospitals earn pay-for-performance awards
The US Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services awarded nine North Shore-LIJ Health System hospitals more than $814,000, the highest monetary award for any health system participating in a national pay-for-performance Hospital Quality Incentive Demonstration (HQID) project.
Full story; North Shore LIJ Health System; 12/6/10

PRMC Emergency Care ranked among top 5 percent in the nation
Peninsula Regional Medical Center is the only recipient of the HealthGrades 2010 Emergency Medicine Excellence Award on the Delmarva Peninsula, and one of just nine hospitals in Maryland, Delaware and Washington, DC to receive the designation.
Full story; Peninsula Regional Medical Center; 12/5/10

The 'icing' on shopping
Alexian Brothers Hospital Network opens a skating rink with the help of a local mall. With two hospitals in Hoffman Estates, Alexian saw an opportunity to promote a healthy lifestyle through a fun activity like skating.
Full story; Chicago Tribune; 12/5/10

Heart attack victims getting faster care at CaroMont Health
The national door to balloon time average is 90 minutes. The average at CaroMont Health is 58 minutes and in September, the hospital was able to bring that number down to 37 minutes. CaroMont recently received special accreditation for exceeding quality-of-care measures in acute cardiac medicine.
Full story; Gaston Gazette; 12/3/10

Adventist Health System's Bergherm moving to Helen Ellis Memorial
Bruce Bergherm has been selected as Helen Ellis' next CEO, effective January 3. Bergherm is chief operating officer of Florida Hospital Fish Memorial, a 139-bed Adventist Health System hospital in Orange City.
Full story; The Suncoast News; 12/3/10

Hospital for Special Surgery creates musculoskeletal outcomes and research center
The Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City announced the creation of the Center for Musculoskeletal Outcomes and Patient Oriented Research to translate information collected into studies that will help diagnose and treat musculoskeletal disorders, according to a hospital news release.
Full story; Becker's Orthopedic & Spine Review; 12/2/10

Gaston Memorial Hospital names fourth floor after benefactor
The fourth floor of CaroMont Health's Gaston Memorial Hospital is named after the Kimbrell family. CaroMont Health dedicated the area as a thank you to the Kimbrell family for the $2.25 million Wayne F. Shovelin Scholarship Fund created in 2009.
Full story; Gaston Gazette; 12/2/10

Methodist Health System wins two eHealthcare website awards
Methodist Health explains that their integrated site is designed to present information in an intuitive, user-friendly format and includes features such as online registration, health procedure animations, and patient videos. Methodist Health System has continually updated its website to highlight key service lines through enhanced visual interest, improved navigation, video, audio and medical animations.
Full story; Methodist Health System; 12/2/10

Three of America's safest hospitals are at the Detroit Medical Center
Three Detroit Medical Center hospitals including DMC Detroit Receiving Hospital, DMC Harper University / Hutzel Women's Hospital and DMC Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital, met the stringent national standards of the Leapfrog Group to receive honors as top hospitals in the nation for patient quality and safety.
Full story; Detroit Medical Center; 12/1/10

North Carolina's CaroMont Health names COO
CaroMont Health has named Douglas Luckett to the position of COO.
Full story; Becker's Hospital Review; 12/1/10

Cleveland Clinic continuing medical education website wins national awards
Cleveland Clinic's Continuing Medical Education website is a central resource that allows staff the ability to reach out to colleagues around the world.
Full story; PR Newswire; 12/2/10

Bon Secours St. Francis Health System receives "Top Hospital" ranking from Leapfrog
The Leapfrog Group named Bon Secours St. Francis Health System for the second consecutive year as one of the national Top Hospitals for achieving high-level of standards of patient safety, quality of care and operational efficiency.
Full story; Bon Secours St. Francis Health System; 12/1/10

Pohost named head of cardiac imaging center at Glendale Adventist Medical Center
Dr. Gerald Pohost, a nationally recognized cardiovascular expert, has joined Glendale Adventist Medical Center as head of the Outpatient Cardiac Imaging Center. He is considered among the foremost authorities on cardiac imaging.
Full story; Glendale Adventist Medical Center; 12/1/10

November 2010

University Hospitals gets $42M gift, its largest ever
University Hospitals Case Medical Center has received the largest-ever gift in its 145-year history. The $42 million gift is from the founder of a group of car dealerships.
Full story; MedCity News; 11/30/10

TriHealth shifts to new model for physician practices
TriHealth has three employed primary-care practices recognized as Level III Medical Home providers through the National Committee for Quality Assurance, with plans for most other employed practices within the system to achieve the recognition within the coming year.
Full story; Business Courier; 11/29/10

Getting value for our healthcare dollars
Aurora Health Care is among several hospital systems nationwide that have been voluntarily participating in projects aimed at reducing inefficient practices like ordering unnecessary medical tests that increase costs but do nothing to improve patient care.
Full story; Third Coast Digest; 11/29/10

A healthcare provider we can be thankful for
Community thanks CaroMont Health for being a beacon of strength, and for its continuing that tradition with its tireless efforts to expand Gaston County's much-needed emergency services.
Full story; Gaston Gazette; 11/29/10

Thousands tour new Meritus Medical Center
The president and CEO of Washington County Health System says people are curious about the new medical center because it's been talked about for eight years.
Full story; The Herald-Mail; 11/28/10

Catholic Healthcare West improves wait time at urgent care facility
To better serve its community, Catholic Healthcare West's Urgent Care in Gilbert, Arizona, has expanded its walk-in service to include a call ahead care option for non-emergent needs.
Full story; EV Living; 11/27/10

Sharp Memorial Hospital takes healing power of music to new heights
A rooftop garden is meant to inspire and soothe hospital patients who look down from their high-rise rooms flanking the 180-foot-long roof covering the hospital's emergency entrance.
Full story; San Diego Union Tribune; 11/26/10

Carolinas HealthCare to be featured on CBS Sports
On Thanksgiving Day between noon and 12:30, CBS Sports will broadcast a story about Chris Henry, a 26-year-old NFL player who was killed in a car accident in Charlotte. After the accident, Chris's family made the difficult decision to donate his organs. Just a few weeks ago, his mother met the organ recipients for the first time at Carolinas Medical Center, where several of the transplants were performed. Because of Chris and the care provided by Carolinas HealthCare, a group of people are living better and healthier lives today.
Full story; Carolinas Medical Center; 11/24/10

Geisinger and Shamokin Area Community Hospital announce merger plans
The boards of directors of Geisinger Health System and Shamokin Area Community Hospital have voted to move forward with a full merger and integration of Shamokin Area Community Hospital into Geisinger Medical Center.
Full story; The Daily Item; 11/23/10

Norton, Humana involved in pilot program emphasizing wellness, preventive care
Norton Healthcare and Humana have teamed up to create the region's first accountable care organization, a program designed to provide financial incentives for doctors and other health providers to improve quality, eliminate waste and control costs in healthcare.
Full story; Courier-Journal; 11/23/10

Banner Health shows off new technology and surgery department
Banner Health's iCare Intensive Care program includes specially trained clinical staff who back up physicians, nurses and other caregivers at the bedside and help monitor ICU patient information 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Full story; Fort Morgan Times; 11/23/10

Meet Dr. Robot
Dr. Mani Menon, Director of the Vattikuti Urology Institute at Henry Ford Health System, explains how robotics continue to improve medicine.
Full story; Time; 11/22/10

Local self-esteem program takes flight
About 900 local girls participating in the Girls on the Run program converged on the airport to race in the day-before-Halloween event, with passenger airplanes taking off and landing overhead. It was the first time the Gaston program, sponsored by CaroMont Health, participated in the race.
Full story; Gaston Gazette; 11/22/10

Let's talk: Neonatal expert Dr. Victor Iskersky
Dr. Victor Iskersky, medical director of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Palmetto Health and director of the Special Care Nursery at Lexington Medical Center, serves on the state March of Dimes board. He spoke recently about the third annual March of Dimes Premature Birth Report Card, its implications and what steps the state can take to improve.
Full story; The State; 11/22/10

Alegent Health explains code chill for cardiac patients
Doctors with Alegent Health say a technique of putting cardiac arrest patients into a hypothermic coma can buy them more time. Watch a video interview that explains the technique.
Full story; ketv; 11/19/10

Continuum Health enhances RCM contract with Craneware
Continuum Health executive says as one of the largest healthcare provider organizations in the country, they constantly look for strategic solutions to help them optimize financial performance. Craneware's Supplies ChargeLink will deliver a level of visibility that Continuum Health has not had in the area of reimbursable supplies.
Full story; Healthcare Finance News; 11/19/10

Summa Health Systems signs new prime vendor supply agreement with Medline Industries
Under the five-year agreement, Summa will receive a broad array of Medline brand medical and surgical products, including surgical procedure trays, patient care products, disposable protective gowns, exam gloves and bandages. Cost savings and customer service were two key factors in making Medline Summa's prime vendor throughout their seven facilities.
Full story; Medline; 11/18/10

Pushing envelopes for hospitals' bids in Fort Mill
South Carolina regulators expect to pick a winner in the bidding for the license to build the hospital in March. Vying for the certificate of need from the Department of Health and Environmental Control: Carolinas HealthCare System, Novant Health and Tenet Healthcare.
Full story (subscription required); Charlotte Business Journal; 11/18/10

Methodist Healthcare kicks the habit
San Antonio-based Methodist Healthcare announced that it is banning use of tobacco products inside or outside of all its facilities.
Full story; San Antonio Business Journal; 11/18/10

Maryland Hospitals for a Healthy Environment announces trailblazer award winners
Anne Arundel Medical Center, LifeBridge Health and the University of Maryland Medical Center are recognized for advancing sustainable healthcare by reducing their environmental footprint and raising the bar on achieving improved results.
Full story;; 11/18/10

Carolinas HealthCare announces Huntersville ER
The freestanding-emergency department will be located in Huntersville. The project will renovate 17,000 square feet at the existing CMC-NorthCross medical facility.
Full story; Charlotte Business Journal; 11/18/10

Cleveland Clinic on track to open Twinsburg health center in 2011
The health center will feature cardiology, colorectal surgery, neurology, OB/GYN, orthopedics, urology and vascular surgery services, plus a 24-hour emergency department and helipad.
Full story; MedCity News; 11/17/10

Albert Einstein Healthcare Network aids national initiative to improve healthcare
Albert Einstein Healthcare Network is included in one of the 17 national healthcare partnerships, chosen by the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), to initiate innovative projects and research on how to deliver the best healthcare to all Americans.
Full story; Albert Einstein Healthcare Network; 11/17/10

Five questions about community engagement
As community engagement grows in importance, some organizations are adding community relations specialists to their executive rosters. Florida's Nemours Children's Hospital did just that earlier this month.
Full story; HealthLeaders Media; 11/17/10

Premature birth report: Ohio progresses
TriHealth is teaming up with other healthcare leaders and launching programs aimed at reducing high rates of premature birth and infant mortality in their region.
Full story;; 11/17/10

Hillcrest Hospital completes $163 million renovation
Many improvements include a new Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit with 24 beds, spacious single-patient rooms and nine new operating rooms.
Full story;; 11/16/10

St. Elizabeth makes acquisitions
Northern Kentucky Heart PSC and Cardiology Associates PSC are joining St. Elizabeth Healthcare, creating the St. Elizabeth Physicians Heart and Vascular division.
Full story; Business Courier; 11/16/10

Children with autism practice traveling on 'mock' flights
Albert Einstein Medical Center physician helps launch a special program to educate airport workers about children with autism. The program also helps autistic children and their families prepare for travel.
Full story; Philadelphia Inquirer; 11/16/10

Healthcare sector among top adopters of iPad
Kaweah Delta Health Care District is considering using the iPad in areas like pharmacy, emergency, dietary, home health, hospice, clinical engineering and for private practice physicians and nursing supervisors. It will also be looked at in ways to potentially help prevent medication errors.
Full story; Healthcare IT News; 11/15/10

SSM Health Care and hospital fashion
SSM Health Care employees have transformed the boring and undignified hospital gown to make it not only "haute couture," but also more practical for patients. Ten beautifully re-designed patient gowns will hit the catwalk this month.
Full story; KSDK TV; 11/15/10

Knowing your family history can keep you healthy
A Cleveland Clinic study comparing which method best uncovered an increased risk of cancer helps confirm the value of what's called a family health history.
Full story; Press of Atlantic City; 11/15/10

Carolinas HealthCare adds walk-in clinic in uptown Charlotte
The walk-in clinic is called Uptown Express Care. It will provide care for acute medical conditions such as colds, flu, sore throats, cuts, sprains and pulled muscles.
Full story; Charlotte Business Journal; 11/12/10

Banner Health: Developing new, active traditions around the holidays
Officials with Banner Health explain that it is important for families to support and encourage healthy activity as part of everyday life, and also as part of family traditions.
Full story; ABC 15; 11/12/10

Doctor named one of America's top 25 informaticists
Peninsula Regional Medical Center announces that Dr. Christopher Snyder, the hospital's chief medical information officer, has been named as one of Modern Healthcare's prestigious Top 25 Clinical Informaticists for 2010.
Full story; Peninsula Regional Medical Center; 11/12/10

Henry Ford Health System to expand data site
Henry Ford Health System plans a $5 million expansion of its Rochester Hills data center and will create 20 to 30 jobs there each year for the next few years.
Full story; Detroit Free Press; 11/12/10

Kapaska named CEO of Avera McKennan
David Kapaska has been named regional president and CEO of Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center.
Full story (login required); Modern Healthcare; 11/12/10

U of L moving forward on healthcare partnership
The University of Louisville took an initial step Thursday toward merging its healthcare system with two large healthcare providers in a potential partnership to combat Kentucky's persistent medical woes.
Full story; Chicago Tribune; 11/11/10

Methodist, Baptist hospitals, UTHSC join forces in new bone marrow center
The center is a collaborative effort by Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare, Baptist Memorial Healthcare and the University of Tennessee Health Science Center.
Full story; The Commercial Appeal; 11/11/10

Detroit Medical Center hospitals achieve top nursing accreditation
Harper University Hospital and Hutzel Women's Hospital announced their designation as a Pathway to Excellence facility. This recognition is given by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. An organization that achieves Pathway to Excellence is committed to nurses and to values which nurses identify as important in the overall pursuit of safe and high quality patient care.
Full story; Detroit Medical Center; 11/10/10

Hospitals reach out to suburbs for outpatient dollars
Vanderbuilt University Medical Center and others comment on the need to expand outpatient services.
Full story;; 11/10/10

Carolinas Healthcare System launches free-standing ER
Carolinas Healthcare System is planning a third free-standing emergency department.
Full story; Charlotte Business Journal; 11/10/10

Wesley Chapel Medical Center breaks ground
Adventist Health will begin work on Wesley Chapel Medical Center, an 80-bed, 200,000-square-foot hospital. Adventist Health System recently merged with University Community Hospital.
Full story;; 11/10/10

Electronic health registry could transform chronic kidney disease care
Doctors at Cleveland Clinic recently developed a kidney disease registry based on electronic health records that could serve as a model for the rest of the country.
Full story; Healthcare IT News; 11/5/10

Regional Health doctors involved in study resulting in FDA announcement
Regional Health doctors and some of their patients were involved in a clinical drug study resulting in a substantial recent announcement by the Food and Drug Administration.
Full story; Regional Health; 11/4/10

Gaston Memorial looks to up its trauma care
Gaston Memorial's new trauma unit will be the 13th Level 3 trauma center in the state and the fourth in the Charlotte region.
Full story; Gaston Gazette; 11/4/10

Margolis named Chief Medical Information Officer for Adventist Health
As CMIO, Steve Margolis, M.D., will be the focal point for physician direction in the continued expansion of Project IntelliCare. Through his interaction with physicians, Dr. Margolis will focus on enhancing information systems to improve patient safety, quality of care and operational performance across the clinical continuum.
Full story; Adventist Health; 11/4/10

Banner Thunderbird now providing room service meals to patients
Banner Health explains that room service is a growing trend at many hospitals and allows patients to personalize what and when they eat, saving resources and promoting more healthful dietary options while also benefiting the patient.
Full story; The Glendale Star; 11/3/10

SSM Health Care - St. Louis receives Missouri quality award
SSM Health Care - St. Louis is being honored for its ability to combine strengths across the seven hospitals by building network-wide services and developing and achieving a great standard of care for patients.
Full story; St. Louis Globe Democrat; 11/3/10

Cleveland Clinic announces its top 10 medical innovations of the year
Cleveland Clinic discusses the top 10 innovations that show a significant potential for patient benefit or improved healthcare delivery.
Full story;; 11/3/10

Adventist Health hosts physician symposium
Adventist's event, which drew approximately 150 attendees from across the healthcare system, featured several nationally recognized speakers that dealt with a variety of subjects from spirituality and healthcare to organizational excellence.
Full story; Adventist Health; 11/3/10

Albert Einstein Healthcare Network turns to WorkflowOne for document management contract
Albert Einstein Healthcare Network and WorkflowOne will partner up for document management services. The agreement is in place for the healthcare organization's nine major facilities and numerous outpatient centers.
Full story; Business Wire; 11/2/10

Cleveland Clinic innovation summit to focus on obesity and diabetes
Participants will have the chance to watch live surgery through a teleconference and see the newest medical technologies. Surgical and drug intervention also will be discussed.
Full story;; 11/1/10

Texas Health taps social media to promote EHR
To makes employees, clinicians and the public aware of the massive implementation, which has spanned five years, Texas Health is using social media to get out the word about their EHR system.
Full story; InformationWeek; 11/1/10

Hospital board votes to pursue planned merger
The board of directors for Southwest Washington Medical Center has voted unanimously to move forward with a planned merger with PeaceHealth. A final vote is expected soon.
Full story; The Columbian; 11/1/10

October 2010

CaroMont Health helps sponsor women's expo
A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Heart Society. Volunteers from CaroMont Health provided health screenings and other important information for women.
Full story; The Heart Society of Gaston County; 10/29/10

Glen Cove Hospital selected for new orthopedic quality improvement program
Glen Cove Hospital announced today that it has been selected to participate in a new program designed to optimize the care of orthopedic surgery patients and improve communication between caregivers in the hospital.
Full story; North Shore Long Island Jewish Health System; 10/29/10

HHS awards organ donation honor to Johnson City Medical Center
Johnson City Medical Center joined an elite group of hospitals from across the United States that received the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Medal of Honor for Organ Donation for reaching an important benchmark in organ donation.
Full story; Mountain States Health Alliance; 10/27/10

Cleveland Clinic breast specialists push patients to exercise for better health
Cleveland Clinic experts say a positive attitude and good activity level is exactly what they want all patients to have. They believe it could be the key to a long and healthy life after a breast cancer diagnosis.
Full story; WEWS-TV; 10/27/10

Smart moves in pharmacy
Blake Jarrell was well on his way to a successful career in finance. Following a VP post at a national bank, he spent three years serving as chief operating officer at a privately held company. But, his father's untimely cancer diagnosis, resulting in his death, led Jarrell to reconsider his career track. "I knew that I wanted to be part of a nonprofit healthcare organization that was doing important work for the community and was focused on providing patient-centered care," he says. So, in 2007 he joined Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare (Memphis, Tenn.) as manager of pharmacy supply chain.
Full story (pages 42-46); The Journal of Healthcare Contracting; 10/10 issue

Resurrection Health Care names new VP of Public Affairs
Brian Crawford is named Vice President, Public Affairs, for Resurrection Health Care. In his expanded role, he will work to enhance advocacy and relationship building with high level government and community leaders.
Full story; Resurrection Health Care; 10/26/10

Cleveland Clinic team debuts gauge for hospital care quality
A Cleveland Clinic-led research team has developed a system for comparing the quality of care that hospitals and individual physicians provide.
Full story; MedCity News; 10/25/10

Montefiore Medical Center: integrated care delivery for vulnerable populations
Although close to 80 percent of its payer mix is Medicaid and Medicare, Montefiore has been able to achieve financial and organizational sustainability. Factors that contribute to this success include: care management that allows for integration across the system; building successful primary care that combines traditional and new models; and medical systems that focus on population health and community accountability.
Full story; The Commonwealth Fund; 10/25/10

CaroMont Health sponsors 2nd annual women's expo
Healthcare workers from CaroMont Health offered women important health screenings and encouraged them to focus on their own health.
Full story; Gaston Gazette; 10/23/10

Central Texas Medical Center names new CEO
Sam Huenergardt has been named as the new president and chief executive officer for Central Texas Medical Center. He will officially begin responsibilities at the 178-bed facility on Dec. 6.
Full story; San Marcus Mercury; 10/22/10

Southcoast Health System gets Lean
Southcoast Health System is proving Lean Six Sigma tools are not just for manufacturing companies after realizing substantial cost savings in a nearly two-year implementation process.
Full story; SouthCoast Today; 10/22/10

Castle Medical Center goes live with CPOE
On October 19 computerized provider order entry (CPOE) went live at Castle Medical Center in Kailua, Hawaii. CMC is the first Adventist Health hospital to launch CPOE, which allows direct entry of medical orders by physicians and other health care providers into Project IntelliCare, Adventist Health's clinical information system.
Full story; Adventist Health website; 10/22/10

Central Baptist begins $200 million addition
The expansion will include private rooms, a cancer center, space for additional medical offices and a new parking garage.
Full story; Lexington Herald Leader; 10/21/10

Radiation risk low, Omaha area hospitals say
The risk is low of exposing others to high levels of radiation after a patient is treated for thyroid cancer with radioactive iodine, area hospital officials said last week. Alegent Health patients are screened before they receive outpatient doses of radioactive iodine, said Dr. Samuel Mehr, chairman of Alegent's department of molecular medicine and imaging. Alegent wants to make sure patients are willing to follow the precautions that are intended to keep others safe, Mehr said.
Full story; Omaha World-Herald; 10/21/10

Hospital system readies for new healthcare law
The recipe for a more stable future at West Penn Allegheny Health System includes building more accessible, low-cost ambulatory care centers that provide quality care, its CEO said last week.
Full story; Pittsburgh Tribune-Review; 10/21/10

Search underway for new CEO of Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi
An international search is on for a new chief executive officer for the Cleveland Clinic hospital and clinic in Abu Dhabi following the recent retirement of CEO Dr. Andrew Fishleder.
Full story; via HealthLeaders Media; 10/21/10

Hospitals change names as part of new affiliation
Haywood Regional Medical Center, Harris Regional Hospital and Swain County Hospital have taken the next step in the affiliation that joined the three hospitals under the MedWest umbrella.
Full story; Smoky Mountain News; 10/20/10

Adventist Health named among nation's home care elite
Seven Adventist Health home care agencies were named to the 2010 HomeCare Elite list.
Full story; Adventist Health; 10/20/10

Shot in the arm for local hospital
Construction on the Springfield Regional Medical Center is ahead of schedule and within budget. Now it has also received an economic boost. Speedway SuperAmerica is donating $500,000 over five years to the new facility. Mark Wiener, Community Mercy Health Partners President and CEO says it's the largest corporate pledge to date.
Full story; WHIO; 10/20/10

Robot-assisted prostate surgery effective
Researchers at Henry Ford Hospital found that men who underwent robot-assisted prostate surgery had no recurrence of disease five years later.
Full story; UPI; 10/20/10

Central DuPage helps open proton therapy center
Central DuPage Hospital has helped open the CDH Proton Center. It's the nation's ninth such center. Proton therapy is used for treating several kinds of tumors.
Full story; NECN; 10/20/10

Baystate doctors say patient voices are needed
Two doctors from Baystate Medical Center argue that more people would find their way to the CMS hospital quality website if feedback on the care they receive was included.
Full story;; 10/20/10

PRMC earns numerous 2011 HealthGrades awards
Maryland based Peninsula Regional Medical Center earns several awards from HealthGrades for offering exceptional care to patients.
Full story; Peninsula Regional Medical Center; 10/20/10

Cleveland Clinic and Lowe's say alliance is working
Six months after it struck a deal to have Cleveland Clinic doctors perform heart surgeries on its employees and their families, home improvement retailer Lowe's calls early returns on the alliance a "home run."
Full story; Med City News; 10/19/10

$57.2M expansion proposed for CMC-Union
Carolinas HealthCare System plans for a $57.2 million expansion of its hospital in Union County.
Full story; Charlotte Business Journal; 10/19/10

Summa Health System reports $2.86 billion in economic impact
Summa Health System President and CEO Thomas J. Strauss announced today that Summa delivered $2.86 billion in total economic impact and provided $110.8 million in community benefit to area residents in 2009.
Full story; Summa Health via; 10/19/10

Building a healthy future
Adventist Health works to expand emergency care in their area.
Full story; Lake County Record Bee; 10/18/10

Carolinas HealthCare honored for maternity care
Five Carolinas HealthCare System hospitals have been recognized for outstanding maternity care by the J.D. Power and Associates Distinguished Hospital Program.
Full story; Charlotte Business Journal; 10/18/10

CMC named Charlotte area's consumer choice hospital for 13th year
Carolinas Medical Center was ranked on four consumer metrics which included best overall quality, best image and reputation, best doctors and best nurses.
Full story; Carolinas Medical Center; 10/18/10

Banner Boswell Medical Center celebrates 40 years of service
Banner Boswell Medical Center in Sun City is preparing to celebrate 40 years of patient care and community support through the Sun Health Foundation.
Full story;; 10/15/10

Texas Health Resources plans expansion
Texas Health Resources plans to expand two of its campuses, adding 125,000 square feet of medical office space.
Full story; Dallas Business Journal; 10/14/10

Schuster Heart Hospital lands $160K grant
The Benjamin and Marion Schuster Heart Hospital has landed its first research and development grant. The grant comes from the Edison Materials Technology Center. It is a $160,000 grant from its Core Technology Program.
Full story; Dayton Business Journal; 10/14/10

Banner promises to offer more than just healthcare
Banner Ironwood Medical Center is poised to provide Pinal County more than just healthcare. In fact, the opening of the hospital will mean a significant new revenue stream for the entire county.
Full story; San Tan Valley Today; 10/14/10

AtlantiCare preps for ACO model of care
Katherine Schneider, MD, vice president of health engagement at AtlantiCare discusses how her organization is preparing to launch an ACO and what the change will mean for patients.
Full story; Action for Better Healthcare; 10/14/10

Alegent Health's Back & Spine Institute makes it easy to get expert treatment for back pain
The Alegent Health Back & Spine Institute is taking a new, comprehensive approach to back pain that will offer patients the help they need with one phone call. Patients receive a unique continuum of care from the initial onset of back pain all the way through to non-surgical or surgical resolution.
Full story; Alegent Health; 10/13/10

GNYHA ventures to launch the first mobile app store for healthcare professionals
The Greater New York Hospital Association says "Happtique" will provide a vast array of mobile apps for executives, doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals. Happtique will bring healthcare leaders, mobile industry innovators, application developers, content providers, and end users together to improve information flow and make it easier for healthcare professionals to discover and use healthcare apps.
Full story; GNYHA; 10/13/10

John C. Lincoln using Twitter for breast health
John C. Lincoln Hospitals is taking to Twitter in an effort to promote breast health and to connect with patients.
Full story; Phoenix Business Journal; 10/12/10

Texas Health engages Cambridge Healthcare Properties for development projects
Texas Health Resources explains that several new projects reflect a continuing commitment to align with physicians and provide people with convenient access to care close to where they live and work.
Full story; Texas Health Resources; 10/12/10

Hospitals hire IT workers
TriHealth and Catholic Healthcare Partners are among several healthcare systems expecting to hire IT workers in the near future.
Full story; Business Courier of Cincinnati; 10/12/10

Baptist opens $15M breast cancer center
Baptist Health has opened the $15 million Margaret and Robert Hill Breast Center, designed to be a comprehensive breast center for services including screening, treatment and genetic counseling.
Full story; Jacksonville Business Journal; 10/11/10

Cleveland Clinic program puts focus on kidney donors' care
The program called Donor WIn (Wellness INitiative) is designed to meet the needs of living kidney donors. Everyone who comes to the Clinic for kidney transplantation surgery is given information on Donor WIn before leaving the hospital.
Full story;; 10/11/10

Child Health Corp. of America among best places to work
Employees can participate in lunch-and-learns to enhance career development. They also can take advantage of flexible scheduling, professional chair massages, winter windshield scraping, plus other stress relievers, such as indoor winter softball.
Full story; Kansas City Business Journal; 10/8/10

Cleveland Clinic on ACOs, healthcare reform and eating healthy
One aspect that has been so successful for the Cleveland Clinic is not just employing physicians, but allowing physicians to lead the delivery system.
Full story; Action for Better Healthcare; 10/7/10

Clinical research projects continue to grow at Aurora BayCare Medical Center
About 20 clinical research studies take place on an annual basis at Aurora BayCare in areas including neuroscience, multiple sclerosis, Parkinsonís disease, epilepsy, oncology and cardiology.
Full story; Aurora Health Care; 10/6/10

Florida Hospital's cancer institute opening
Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center is opening its cancer institute at its Daytona Beach hospital. The new building has 14 exam rooms and a 30-person staff, including newly created positions.
Full story; Orlando Business Journal; 10/6/10

Children's Hospital gets $12M grant
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center has received a $12 million grant to develop a data registry for patients with chronic illness.
Full story; Business Courier of Cincinnati; 10/6/10

Delnor plans to merge with CDH
Delnor Hospital and Central DuPage Hospital announce plans to merge the two healthcare providers pending government approval.
Full story; Geneva Republican; 10/6/10

Banner recognized for top nursing care
Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center has been recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a facility that demonstrates nursing excellence.
Full story;; 10/5/10

Methodist University among nation's highest earning hospitals
The 1,300-bed Methodist University reported gross revenue of $3.5 billion, based on the most recent data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
Full story; Memphis Business Journal; 10/5/10

Sinai president Meltzer named to federal health reform board
Neil Meltzer, president of Sinai Hospital, was selected to serve on a national health care advisory board that will advise the president, Congress and state governments.
Full story; Baltimore Business Journal; 10/4/10

Kaleida receives medical campus mortgage
Kaleida Health has been approved for a $51.9 million mortgage to support a long-term care facility on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus.
Full story; Business First of Buffalo; 10/4/10

Levine foundation to give $20 million for cancer center
The Leon Levine Foundation will announce today a gift of $20 million to Carolinas HealthCare System to create a cancer institute that will bring higher levels of care to communities across the Carolinas.
Full story; The Charlotte Observer; 10/4/10

UHC uses social media in move
United Hospital Center used social media to help keep people informed about their move. Staff sent messages out through the Web. Posts on Twitter and Facebook helped explain how the move progressed.
Full story; WBOY-TV; 10/3/10

Woodland Healthcare's cancer, neuroscience center to open
The total cost of the renovations, which will convert the old OB/GYN building into a modern facility, is estimated to be about $2 million, the majority of which is being paid for by Woodland Healthcare's parent company, Catholic Healthcare West.
Full story; Daily Democrat; 10/3/10

Single hospitals look for long-term relationships
Plenty of companies are looking to do deals. The Jewish Foundation completed a transaction this year to turn Jewish Hospital over to Mercy Health Partners for $180 million. Fort Hamilton Hospital joined the Dayton-area Kettering Health Network in a deal whose terms were not disclosed.
Full story; Business Courier of Cincinnati; 10/1/10

CaroMont Health performs 100th da Vinci robotic surgery
CaroMont Health's 100th da Vinci robotic procedure took place while staff performed a hysterectomy, which is the surgical removal of the uterus. The da Vinci allows doctors to do surgery with smaller incisions and greater precision.
Full story; Gaston Gazette; 10/1/10

Bethesda completes home health unit sale to Catholic Health Initiatives
Bethesda Inc. has sold its Consolidated Health Services home health unit to Catholic Health Initiatives. Catholic Health Initiatives is a sponsor of TriHealth.
Full story; Business Courier of Cincinnati; 10/1/10

September 2010

What keeps healthcare costs low in Grand Junction, Colorado?
"Seven interrelated features" may help explain how Grand Junction's lower costs might be more easily transferred, write David West, a hospitalist at Grand Junction's own St. Mary's Hospital, and Thomas Bodenheimer of the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine's Center for Excellence in Primary Care.
Full story; The Wall Street Journal health blog; 9/30/10

Central Michigan Community Hospital joins McLaren
Central Michigan Community Hospital and McLaren Health Care announced Wednesday a merger that secures the future of the Isabella County hospital, while joining it with one of the top 25 healthcare systems in the United States.
Full story;; 9/29/10

Moffitt Cancer Center posts financial turnaround
Revamped management care contracts and spending cuts helped Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute eliminate the red ink in the fiscal year that ended June 30.
Full story; Tampa Bay Business Journal; 9/29/10

Children's Oakland nabs nearly $4M for primary care training
The grant, said to be the largest in California under the federal health reform act's Primary Care Residency Expansion program, will be used to train up to 20 new pediatric residents.
Full story; San Francisco Business Times; 9/29/10

Peninsula Regional earns Most Wired-Most Improved award
Peninsula Regional Medical Center has been named one of America's Most Wired-Most Improved Hospitals by the American Hospital Association.
Full story; Peninsula Regional Medical Center; 9/29/10

Cleveland hospital systems grow despite weak economy
Despite the economy, Cleveland Clinic and University Hospitals have attracted well-insured suburban patients, expanded profitable specialty-service lines and are winning physician loyalty.
Full story; Healthcare Finance News; 9/29/10

Au Bon Pain to replace medical center McDonald's next year
The Vanderbilt Medical Center McDonald's will be replaced by Au Bon Pain starting at the end of January 2011, according to Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
Full story; Inside; 9/28/10

Cleveland Clinic research on transplant patients uncovers surprising findings
A Cleveland Clinic researcher has found that people who have received a previous organ transplant are more likely to be placed on the list for a kidney transplant before starting dialysis than other kidney transplant candidates.
Full story;; 9/28/10

Doylestown Hospital to join Jefferson network
Doylestown Hospital has become the second area medical center to join the Jefferson Neuroscience Network. The network was created this summer by Jefferson to provide community hospitals, and their patients suffering from strokes and other time-sensitive neurovascular diseases, access Jefferson specialists through a teleconsulting service.
Full story; Philadelphia Business Journal; 9/27/10

Terry Jones to leave CaroMont
CaroMont Health's executive vice president and chief administrative officer will leave his post this week after serving two decades in various leadership roles.
Full story; Gaston Gazette; 9/27/10

Is the American diet killing us?
A specialist with Cleveland Clinic explains that a plant based diet can be heart healthy. In some cases it may reverse the effects of heart disease.
Full story; Sudbury Patch; 9/26/10

Eagles swoop in to visit children at CHOP
The Eagles' mascot, visited children at the Asplundh Foundation Lion's Den at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. The players interacted with the children and showed support to the families.
Full story; Philadelphia Business Journal; 9/26/10

Hospital, health centers team up to get uninsured into care
The Charleston Area Medical Center and Boone Memorial Hospital in West Virginia collaborated with three community health centers on a program to address the health needs of the state's uninsured and low-income populations. The groups now want to expand the Community Access Program.
Full story; Charleston Gazette; 9/25/10

Cleveland Clinic eye researcher secures $2 million federal grant
A $2 million grant from the National Eye Institute will help fund research into cells that develop into scar tissue in the eyes.
Full story; Crain's Cleveland Business; 9/24/10

Summa Health appoints president of Barberton, Wadsworth hospitals
Akron's Summa Health System has made it official: Tom DeBord is president of Summa Barberton and Summa Wadsworth-Rittman hospitals.
Full story; MEDcity News; 9/23/10

Funding secured for Banner Sun Health Research Institute heart disease studies
Sun Health Foundation and Banner Health officials announce they would help fund $2.6 million for research that could lead to a cure for heart disease.
Full story;; 9/22/10

Carolinas HealthCare ramps up med-school effort in Charlotte
Carolinas HealthCare System is spending roughly $4 million as part of its effort to establish a regional medical-training campus at Carolinas Medical Center.
Full story; Charlotte Business Journal; 9/22/10

Rawlings, Cleveland Clinic partner on concussion research
A team of Cleveland Clinic doctors and scientists led by Spine Research Laboratory Director Lars Gilbertson, will conduct research on protective headwear and accessories used in both baseball and football, measuring their ability to minimize the impacts felt at different levels of force and velocity as well as different angles of impact.
Full story; St. Louis Business Journal; 9/22/10

Excela Health gets screening equipment grant
Excela Health has received a $148,500 grant for the purchase of a digital breast screening device.
Full story; Pittsburgh Business Times; 9/22/10

Dedication held for $77M Schuster heart hospital
The dedication of Kettering Medical Center's $77 million Benjamin and Marian Schuster Heart Hospital Tuesday doubled as a celebration of its namesake cardiologist and his late wife.
Full story; Dayton Daily News; 9/21/10

Kettering Medical Center to open $77M heart hospital next month
The 120,000-square-foot hospital has 90 beds. Officials with Kettering project that 6,000 catheterizations and 600 open-heart surgeries could be performed in the first year after it opens.
Full story; MedCity News; 9/21/10

Sharp HealthCare on InformationWeek 500 list of top technology innovators
Sharp HealthCare has been included in the 2010 InformationWeek 500, an annual listing of the nation's most innovative users of business technology. Sharp HealthCare was recognized for its deployment of the mySharp patient portal among other accomplishments.
Full story; Sharp Healthcare; 9/21/10

Gyasi Chisley named COO at Mercy Anderson
Gyasi Chisley is the new chief operating officer for Mercy Hospital Anderson. Chisley, who will start the role in October, joins Mercy from the former Health Alliance, now UC Health.
Full story; Business Courier of Cincinnati; 9/20/10

Catholic Healthcare West will operate clinic in Walmart
The move to open a health clinic in Walmart will give patients another option for receiving their primary care.
Full story; Fierce Healthcare; 9/20/10

Banner Health to build hospital in Colorado
Banner Health says it is "moving forward" with building a 25-bed critical access hospital within a 10-mile stretch of northeastern Colorado between two existing facilities.
Full story; HealthLeaders Media; 9/20/10

Carolinas HealthCare OKs two ERs
Huntersville and Kannapolis are expected to be the areas where Carolinas Healthcare will construct new ERs.
Full story; Charlotte Business Journal; 9/19/10

Reform not quite there
John Prout with TriHealth comments on healthcare reform. He explains that it is actually health insurance reform and does not fix some of the serious health industry issues.
Full story;; 9/19/10

Executive treatment urged to drive down infection rates
Gina Pugliese, R.N., vice president of the Premier Safety Institute, says to succeed in using checklists, senior management needs to get visibly involved.
Full story; Hospitals & Health Networks; 9/17/10

Florida Hospital Waterman adding open heart surgery program
Florida Hospital Waterman wants to start a new open heart surgery program in early 2011. The move involves a $5 million investment and creating up to 22 new high-wage jobs.
Full story; Orlando Business Journal; 9/17/10

Memorial Health System starts fiscal year with gains
Memorial Health System says revenue improved, despite lower patient volume, because of improved collections and increased reimbursement rates.
Full story; South Florida Business Journal; 9/17/10

Nemours tops in nation for health IT
Nemours has been named winner of the 2010 Healthcare Information & Management Systems Society Davies Organizational Award of Excellence.
Full story; Orlando Business Journal; 9/17/10

Mandating infection reporting
Linda Greene, R.N., the director of infection prevention and control for the Rochester General Health System, explains that healthcare is moving toward greater accountability and quality improvement.
Full story; Hospitals & Health Networks; 9/17/10

Texas Health Resources recognized for innovative use of information technology
Texas Health Resources' initiatives to improve patient care have again been recognized as the health system was named to the 2010 InformationWeek 500 List of Top Technology Innovators Across America. Texas Health has appeared on the list for ten consecutive years.
Full story; Texas Health Resources; 9/16/10

Dodds announces retirement from Adventist Health
Larry Dodds announces he will retire from his role as executive vice president and chief operating officer of Adventist Health effective May 2011, ending his nearly 40-year career with the health system.
Full story; Adventist Health; 9/16/10

Children's Hospital & Medical Center makes top IT list
Children's Hospital & Medical Center is one of only a handful of children's hospitals in the country to be recognized for their IT efforts.
Full story; Children's Hospital & Medical Center; 9/15/10

Tarwater joins AHA board
The American Hospital Association has elected Michael Tarwater, chief executive of Carolinas HealthCare System, to serve on its board of trustees.
Full story; Charlotte Business Journal; 9/15/10

Healthcare leaders prep for the ACO model
In many ways, Chicago's Sinai Health System is typical of many inner-city hospitals in that its payer mix is poor, and so is the neighborhood it inhabits. Because of the diversity of its offerings, President and CEO Alan H. Channing says Sinai has some of the components of an ACO, but is staking its future on a couple of big bets.
Full story; HealthLeaders Media; 9/14/10

TriHealth named on Working Mom best places to work list
The best places for working moms were selected based on an application with more than 600 questions about work force, compensation, child care, flexibility programs, leave policies and more.
Full story; Business Courier of Cincinnati; 9/14/10

Baptist tops Working Mother's list
It's the 18th year Baptist has made the list. Companies were selected based on an application with more than 600 questions about workforce, compensation, child care, flexibility programs, leave policies and more.
Full story; South Florida Business Journal; 9/14/10

Surgery better option than stents?
Dr. Jeff Carstens, executive medical director of the Alegent Health Heart and Vascular Institute, says patients and doctors need to keep their minds open to bypass surgery. He discusses a new study recently released.
Full story; Omaha World-Herald; 9/14/10

Central Texas Medical Center begins more renovations
Central Texas Medical Center, the 178-bed Adventist Health System hospital says their latest round of work will update the hospital's first-level corridor and building exterior to match the rest of the renovated hospital.
Full story; Austin Business Journal; 9/13/10

University Hospitals keeps bottom line healthy with expansion
University Hospitals is wrapping up the biggest project in its history, a $1.2 billion expansion that is sprouting new medical facilities around Northeast Ohio and linking them with advanced technology.
Full story; The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer; 9/13/10

Three MSHA hospitals score gold with American Heart Association
For the second year in a row, Johnson City Medical Center in Johnson City, TN, has been awarded two gold medals by the American Heart Association while two other Mountain States Health Alliance facilities each received their first AHA gold awards. These AHA awards were recently spotlighted in an edition of U.S. News and World Report.
Full story; Mountain States Health Alliance website; 9/13/10

Patients get spa treatment
People walking into Cooper University Hospital's new $220 million patient-care pavilion in Camden, NJ, are greeted by a line of decorative bamboo trees, an elongated front desk and light pouring in through a window wall and skylights. It's part of a movement by area hospitals to make the patient experience feel more like visiting a hotel.
Full story; Philadelphia Business Journal; 9/10/10

Aurora partners with Wausau hospital on geriatric services
Aurora Health Care has partnered with a Wausau, WI, hospital to provide geriatric services to patients. The move could represent a new revenue source for Aurora, which is hoping to launch partnerships across the state with rural hospitals experiencing shortages in geriatric care.
Full story; The Business Journal of Milwaukee; 9/10/10

Exercise may protect brain from Alzheimer's, Cleveland Clinic study shows
We all know that staying physically active is healthy – it reduces the need for medications and can cut down the risk of heart disease, stroke and obesity. It may also be very good for your brain, according to a Cleveland Clinic study.
Full story; The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer; 9/10/10

Doctor with Peninsula Regional Medical Center wins leadership award
Walter Lischick, MD, FACS, cancer physician liaison to the Commission on Cancer for the Richard A. Henson Cancer Institute at Peninsula Regional Medical Center, was recently named as a recipient of the Cancer Liaison Physician Outstanding Performance Award.
Full story; Peninsula Regional Medical Center; 9/10/10

Einstein joining Montco medical center to build new hospital
More than five years ago, Albert Einstein Healthcare Network announced that it planned to partner with Montgomery Hospital Medical Center to build a replacement hospital outside Norristown, PA. Finally, after years of zoning meetings and controversy, an assortment of gold construction vehicles is kicking up red dust on an 84-acre tract in East Norriton.
Full story; The Philadelphia Inquirer; 9/9/10

Community hospitals scramble to survive, stay independent
Quincy Medical Center has launched a clinical affiliation with prestigious Tufts Medical Center in Boston. The deal won't supply Quincy with cash, but it could result in Quincy getting new patients.
Full story; USA Today; 9/9/10

$10 million gift creates leadership academy at Cleveland Clinic
$10 million gift will establish the Samson Global Leadership Academy for Healthcare Executives.
Full story; The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer; 9/9/10

Adventist Health and Frank R. Howard Foundation partner to provide care to community
Under the terms of the agreement between the health system and foundation, Adventist Health will continue to lease the existing hospital from the foundation while funding the construction of a new 25-bed hospital for the community.
Full story; Adventist Health; 9/9/10

M. D. Anderson Orlando expands
M. D. Anderson Cancer Center Orlando has started providing cancer services at Orlando Health's Dr. P. Phillips Hospital.
Full story; Orlando Business Journal; 9/8/10

Designer Diane Von Furstenberg helps Cleveland Clinic design new hospital gown
The Cleveland Clinic has been working on a new, improved version of the patient gown for about three years. An initial prototype was deemed unattractive. But now, some patients at the Clinic are trying out a newly revamped patient gown designed with input from fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg.
Full story;; 9/7/10

J. Marc Golan named Vice President, Financial Operations, for Resurrection Health Care
Golan's responsibilities will include the transition of chief financial officers to each of RHC's sites and the implementation of a monthly operating review process. Golanís experience in healthcare finance is extensive. Most recently, he served as vice president, finance, for St. Joseph Health System in southern California.
Full story; Resurrection Health Care; 9/7/10

Carolinas HealthCare System partners with Medicity to deploy multi-state health information exchange
Medicity's solutions will enable Carolinas HealthCare System to securely share relevant inpatient and ambulatory data with community physicians and other caregivers across the care continuum.
Full story; Business Wire; 9/7/10

Medical home concept catches on
A doctor with TriHealth discusses how the medical home concept is changing healthcare. Several physician practices in the Cincinnati area have embraced this new model of care.
Full story (subscription required); Business Courier of Cincinnati; 9/3/10

Carolinas HealthCare's systematic growth
Carolinas HealthCare System experienced its fastest pace of growth ever in 2009. It added six hospitals in the Carolinas to boost the system to 32 institutions.
Full story; Charlotte Business Journal; 9/3/10

Electronic medical records are no longer just talk in Maryland hospitals
Greater Baltimore Medical Center's new computerized provider order entry system is designed to take the guesswork out of a process that has so far relied on doctors' infamous handwriting.
Full story; Baltimore Business Journal; 9/3/10

El Camino Hospital first "smart hospital" in U.S.
El Camino Hospital was featured on Good Morning America for its' use of the latest in medical technology. From patient beds that communicate in 22 different languages, to robots and palm scans, it is a hospital of the future.
Full story; Action for Better Healthcare; 9/3/10

Moffitt commended for eliminating infections
The H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center was among nine Florida hospitals recognized for their effectiveness in eliminating central line-associated blood stream infections.
Full story; Tampa Bay Business Journal; 9/2/10

Sharp HealthCare partnership expects to save California schools $12 million
Cost savings is due to anticipated enrollment in a new Performance HMO plan, developed in part by Sharp HealthCare and UnitedHealthcare to encourage certain health plan participants to seek care from providers that meet national quality and cost standards.
Full story; Business Wire; 9/2/10

California's Hoag Memorial Hospital opens new facility in Irvine
The new hospital features advanced operating rooms, two state-of-the-art catheterization labs, an orthopedics center of excellence and a fully staffed emergency department.
Full story; Becker's Hospital Review; 9/2/10

Cleveland County hospitals lead nation in donations to Relay for Life
Cleveland County HealthCare System continues to lead the nation's healthcare organizations in per-capita giving to the Relay for Life and United Way.
Full story; The Star; 9/1/10

Heart Group of the Carolinas merges with Sanger Heart & Vascular
Sanger Heart & Vascular Institute was formed in 2009 by Carolinas HealthCare System. Now they have merged with Heart Group of the Carolinas.
Full story; Charlotte Business Journal; 9/1/10

Pennsylvania health system seeks quality-driven success
St. Luke's Hospital & Health Network talks about gains they have made in quality since participating in several Premier healthcare alliance initiatives.
Full story; Healthcare Finance News; 9/1/10

Adventist, UCH merger official
Adventist Health System has merged with University Community Health, officially forming the Tampa Bay region of the healthcare network.
Full story; Orlando Business Journal; 9/1/10

Wynn Dixon is named CEO for Chesapeake Regional Medical Center
With his breadth of experience and long-term dedication to Chesapeake Regional Medical Center, Wynn Dixon was the board's obvious choice to continue to lead the organization toward the future according to Joe Falk, authority chairman.
Full story; Chesapeake Regional Medical Center; 9/1/10

August 2010

Glens Falls Hospital offers patient financing program
Glens Falls Hospital has introduced a new patient account financing program through Republic Bank that will provide patients with an affordable alternative to pay their out-of-pocket medical expenses.
Full story; The Business Review; 8/31/10

Moffitt seeks $22 million bond issue
Moffitt seeks funding to renovate the former Continental Airlines reservation center near Tampa International Airport and create a satellite cancer treatment facility at the site.
Full story; Tampa Bay Business Journal; 8/31/10

CHW saves 991 lives, $37M with 3-year infection prevention campaign
Catholic Healthcare West, which operates 41 hospitals in California, Arizona and Nevada, said it's saved 991 lives and reduced costs by $36.5 million over three years by investing in a severe sepsis prevention effort.
Full story; San Francisco Business Times; 8/30/10

TriHealth offers new ER, health center
The new Good Samaritan Medical Center-Western Ridge is part hospital, part doctor's office, part lab. It's also the newest example of the newest way to deliver medical care to hundreds of thousands of patients who don't need a hospital.
Full story;; 8/30/10

Kinslow named CEO of Aria Health
Kathleen Kinslow will take over as president and CEO of Aria Health in November. Kinslow is currently CEO and executive director of Pennsylvania Hospital.
Full story; Philadelphia Business Journal; 8/30/10

GBMC names Saunders chief medical officer
Dr. John R. Saunders Jr., a longtime Greater Baltimore Medical Center physician, has been appointed chief medical officer at GBMC HealthCare.
Full story; Baltimore Business Journal; 8/30/10

Healthcare, job engine may slow for some, not all
Baystate Health, which employs more than 10,000 across its Western Massachusetts system, estimates it will need to hire about 15,000 people over the next 10 years to replace retiring workers and meet increased demand.
Full story;; 8/29/10

Demand propels hospital additions in Loris
Loris Community Hospital is set to open its new emergency department and intensive care unit next week, one of several area hospitals expanding in response to a growing need for emergency care along the Grand Strand.
Full story; The Sun News; 8/27/10

Banner Behavioral Health set to open psychiatric ER
Banner Health is opening a $2.2 million psychiatric emergency room on the campus of its Banner Behavioral Health Hospital in Scottsdale.
Full story; Phoenix Business Journal; 8/27/10

TriHealth opens new hospital
Construction of the new Good Samaritan Medical Center is now finished. The new medical facility is scheduled to open Sept. 7. "We are ready," says Steve Mombach, vice president of ambulatory services and senior health for TriHealth. "The campus is looking great and we truly are down to the final touches." The 47,000-square-foot center will provide the same services and care as a full-scale hospital.
Full story;; 8/27/10

Ebinger named president of Aurora's Grafton hospital
Ebinger, an Aurora Advanced Healthcare internal medicine physician, has been practicing medicine in the Grafton community since 1983 and will play a key role in the development of the medical staff at the new Aurora Medical Center
Full story; The Business Journal of Milwaukee; 8/26/10

Catholic Health's Primary Care adds second site
Primary Care of Western New York is a private, family practice with a focus on lifelong patient relationships. The practice is affiliated with Catholic Health System and is adding a second location.
Full story; Business First of Buffalo; 8/26/10

Alegent Health has state-of-the-art aquatic therapy
An Outpatient Rehabilitation Center at Alegent Health Immanuel Medical Center assists baby boomers with various health issues.
Full story; Rehab Management; 8/26/10

Sharp surgery center offers "bloodless" medical care
At Sharp Chula Vista's Bloodless Medicine and Surgery Center doctors use a variety of tools and strategies before and during surgery aimed at minimizing blood loss and improving patient outcomes.
Full story; The San Diego Union-Tribune; 8/25/10

Seattle Children's CEO invents cheap ventilator to save babies worldwide
Seattle Children's Hospital CEO uses technology that's so simple that the new machine could sell for a fraction of the cost of existing life-support machines, be far easier to use, and save thousands of newborns around the world from premature death.
Full story; xconomy; 8/25/10

Geisinger study published evaluating ability of its medical home to improve care efficiency
Results of a Geisinger study published in the August 2010 edition of the American Journal of Managed Care show its advanced medical home model is capable of simultaneously improving the quality of healthcare and reducing the cost.
Full story; Newswise; 8/25/10

New bariatric surgery center opens
Florida Hospital Altamonte is opening a new bariatric surgery center in Seminole County called the Center for Advanced Laparoscopic & Bariatric Surgery.
Full story; Orlando Business Journal; 8/24/10

Judge rules in favor of Trinity move
Trinity Medical Center's relocation to U.S. 280 took another step towards reality Tuesday.
Full story; Birmingham Business Journal; 8/24/10

Aurora Senior Services, geriatric center win $400,000 grant
Aurora Senior Services has been awarded a five-year, $400,000 federal Health Resources and Services Administration grant in partnership with the Wisconsin Geriatric Education Center.
Full story; The Business Journal of Milwaukee; 8/24/10

Good Sam to open freestanding ER on West Side
TriHealth will open its Good Samaritan Medical Center at Western Ridge on Sept. 7, giving West Siders another option for care and joining a national trend toward freestanding emergency rooms.
Full story; Business Courier of Cincinnati; 8/23/10

Tri-County moves Forestville clinic
Tri-County Memorial Hospital, still recovering from a major flood a year ago, is relocating its extension clinic in Forestville.
Full story; Business First of Buffalo; 8/23/10

Mercy Medical to 'ring the beltway' with clinics
Mercy Medical Center is expanding in an unconventional way as it braces for healthcare reform; it's taking over a grocery store.
Full story; Baltimore Business Journal; 8/22/10

Baptist East launches website for mobile devices
Baptist Hospital East has launched a mobile version of its website aimed at users who are accessing the site with their smart phones and other mobile devices.
Full story; Business First of Louisville; 8/20/10

Rothman Institute adds two partners
The Rothman Institute has two new partners for the orthopedic-care hospital it opened in Bucks County last year.
Full story; Philadelphia Business Journal; 8/20/10

Banner Good Samaritan selected for study on new stent
Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center has been selected to participate in a study of a stent for leg arteries.
Full story; Phoenix Business Journal; 8/20/10

Group Health testing insurance incentives in effort to cut healthcare costs
Group Health Research Institute has received a $2 million federal grant to study whether a relatively new health-insurance model can support and improve patient health, and hence can reduce cost.
Full story; Puget Sound Business Journal (Seattle); 8/20/10

Healthy employees shave $14M from TriHealth costs
Five years of wellness programming and other healthcare cost-containment efforts have paid off for TriHealth. The group, which includes Good Samaritan and Bethesda North hospitals, spent $14.3 million less on healthcare than expected.
Full story; Cincinnati Business Courier; 8/18/10

Perot donates $20M to MD Anderson
Dallas businessman, philanthropist and former presidential candidate Ross Perot has donated $20 million to The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center for research to advance and design novel targeted therapy.
Full story; Houston Business Journal; 8/18/10

Regional Health Given A1 rating by national investment firm
Regional Health has received an A1 rating from Moody's Investors Services, meaning financial outlook for an organization is stable.
Full story; Regional Health; 8/18/10

Dean plans clinic by Edgerton Hospital
Dean Clinic plans to build a 10,000-square-foot clinic adjacent to the new Edgerton Hospital. Construction should be complete in 2011.
Full story; The Business Journal of Milwaukee; 8/18/10

Re-named hospital stresses women's services
St. Mary's Hospital in Hoboken, NJ, re-launched as Hoboken University Medical Center. In addition to the name and branding change, marketers knew that to make the newly named hospital a success, they had to capitalize on women's services.
Full story; HealthLeaders Media; 8/18/10

Bethesda to sell home healthcare unit to Catholic Health Initiatives
Bethesda will sell its Consolidated Health Services home healthcare unit to Catholic Health Initiatives.
Full story; Business Courier of Cincinnati; 8/18/10

The Grainger Foundation donates $10,000 to support cancer services
The Grainger Foundation has donated $10,000 to Mountain States Foundation in support of its mission to advance quality healthcare. This grant will be used to provide cancer services with highly specialized patient monitoring.
Full story; Mountain States Health Alliance; 8/18/10

TriHealth names Richard Welling VP of academic affairs
Dr. Richard Welling is the new vice president of academic affairs and research for TriHealth.
Full story; Business Courier of Cincinnati; 8/17/10

Baptist removes Methodist's final hurdle for new hospital
Baptist Memorial Health Care will not oppose Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare's plans for a new hospital.
Full story; Memphis Business Journal; 8/17/10

Carolinas HealthCare posts ER wait times
Carolinas HealthCare System is posting online the average wait times for its emergency-room patients. The healthcare system also is providing that information through Internet-enabled wireless devices and by telephone.
Full story; Charlotte Business Journal; 8/16/10

TriHealth set to open in Mason Community Center
TriHealth plans to open a new 34-physician practice, pharmacy and rehabilitation center.
Full story;; 8/16/10

UT Regents approve $800 million hospital project
The University of Texas System Board of Regents has approved an $800 million project that includes the construction of the 424-bed University Hospital at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. The project now goes to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board for final approval.
Full story; HealthLeaders Media; 8/16/10

Baltimore-area hospitals mull new way to treat, charge their patients
Some local hospital leaders say an emerging model for treating patients could improve their well-being and restructure the way hospitals and physicians are paid. Dr. John Chessare, president of the Greater Baltimore Medical Center, said his hospital is transitioning into an accountable care organization by partnering with physicians groups. GMBC has an employed physicians group, Greater Baltimore Medical Associates, and is contracting with private practicing physicians to better coordinate patient care.
Full story; Baltimore Business Journal; 8/13/10

Central Florida hospitals' profits up 88 percent in 2009
Central Florida hospitals cruised through 2009 with a combined 88 percent jump in profits, thanks to a recovering stock market, increased admissions and their efforts to cut expenses. Florida Hospital, which has 2,188 beds at seven hospital campuses, had a $158.4 million profit in 2009, up 33.9 percent from 2008.
Full story; Orlando Business Journal; 8/13/10

Catholic Healthcare West joins wave of healthcare projects in Elk Grove, CA
Catholic Healthcare West expects to begin construction of a three-story, 65,000-square-foot medical office building in Elk Grove, CA, this fall, the city's third major medical office project that could open during the next two years.
Full story; Sacramento Business Journal; 8/13/10

North Shore - LIJ to buy St. Vincent's Home Health for $17 million
North Shore LIJ Health System, a member North Shore University Hospital, will buy the bankrupt Saint Vincent's Catholic Medical Center Certified Home Health Agency.
Full story; HealthLeaders Media; 8/13/10

Levine Children's Hospital receives cancer research grant from Hyundai
Levine Children's Hospital has received $50,000 from Hyundai Hope on Wheels, a campaign by 780 Hyundai dealers across the United States, to donate $2.1 million for childhood cancer research institutions.
Full story; The Charlotte Observer; 8/13/10

Stroke treatment at Carilion Roanoke Memorial makes major strides
Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital has cut in half the time it takes to get a suspected stroke patient in for a CT scan. The started a new process. Learn why it is working.
Full story; The Roanoke Times; 8/11/10

Dallas not-for-profit hospitals ponder Medicare cuts
Medicare accounts for approximately 33 percent of revenue for Texas Health Resources. The recent cuts could cost the system $4 million in 2011.
Full story; The Dallas Morning News; 8/11/10

Heat, humidity require caution
A doctor with Alegent Health Midlands Hospital discusses how to avoid heat related emergencies.
Full story;; 8/10/10

The babies are breathing easier
Two Cleveland Regional Medical Center nurses are helping premature babies get well without being transferred to big-city hospitals.
Full story; The Charlotte Observer; 8/10/10

Doctor with Memorial Cancer Institute discusses difficulties with bone marrow transplants
Dr. Lyle Feinstein from the Memorial Cancer Institute says every year, more than 10,000 cancer patients who need a life-saving transplant cannot find a match. Find out how an unrelated donor registry could help.
Full story; WSVN TV; 8/10/10

Good Samaritan top birthing center
More babies were delivered at Good Samaritan Hospital last year than any other hospital in Ohio. Good Sam delivered 6,878 babies in 2009, leading the state for the fourth consecutive year.
Full story;; 8/9/10

Whooping cough makes a comeback
Alegent Health Infectious Disease Specialist Rick Starlin, M.D. says some states could be seeing an upswing in a highly contagious, highly dangerous outbreak.
Full story; Alegent Health; 8/9/10

BayCare operations show gains
BayCare Health System posted $65.5 million in income from operations for the six months ended June 30, compared to $64.7 million in income from operations in the same six months a year ago.
Full story; Tampa Bay Business Journal; 8/9/10

Milwaukee area hospital systems bounce back from recession
Reductions in Aurora Health Care's management and administrative expenses saved an estimated $58 million in 2009. This is a trend that can be seen nationally.
Full story; (Milwaukee) Journal Sentinel; 8/9/10

Dallas hospital joins Texas Cord Blood Bank network
Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Allen joins cord blood bank effort. Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital is the 15th hospital in the state to join this network.
Full story; San Antonio Business Journal; 8/9/10

Kettering Health taps Manchur for CEO job
Fred Manchur has been chosen to succeed Frank Perez, the retiring CEO of Kettering Health Network.
Full story (login required); Modern Healthcare; 8/7/10

Cardinal Glennon strikes deal with Willert to expand
SSM Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital is doubling its footprint in Midtown St. Louis with two recent property acquisitions.
Full story; St. Louis Business Journal; 8/7/10

Mountain States Health Alliance helps with clinic for medically underserved
Mountain States Health Alliance and Wellmont Health System are providing financial and staff support for a free healthcare event to help those who need it most. Learn how you can help too.
Full story; Mountain States Health Alliance; 8/6/10

Pact to build new pediatric unit at Phoenix hospital
Phoenix Children's Hospital and the University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix have reached a pact that would share resources to fund medical education, pediatric care and research.
Full story; Arizona Republic via HealthLeaders Media; 8/5/10

$17.5M gift will upgrade Children's trauma care
Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota is planning to build a top-level pediatric trauma center, with the help of a $17.5 million gift from UnitedHealth Group.
Full story; HealthLeaders Media; 8/5/10

TriHealth van will deliver mammography services
A new TriHealth Women's Health Van will provide mobile mammography services. The van will go into service this fall and be equipped with a room to conduct clinical exams on board and materials for glucose, cholesterol and blood pressure screenings.
Full story;; 8/4/10

Aurora Health Care announces 'green' hospital
Aurora Medical Center in Grafton is being built to Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) standards, which provides third-party verification that a building was constructed using environmentally friendly processes.
Full story; HealthLeaders Media; 8/4/10

Vanderbilt launches personalized cancer care program
Vanderbilt Ingram Cancer Center has launched the Personalized Cancer Medicine Program, a new initiative that is drilling down to the genetic level of patients to help tailor individualized treatments.
Full story; HealthLeaders Media; 8/4/10

GBMC picks electronic health records provider
Greater Baltimore Medical Center has picked eClinicalWorks to supply its physicians group with components of a new electronic medical record-keeping system that should help the hospital's doctors track their patients' health.
Full story; Baltimore Business Journal; 8/3/10

Paoli Hospital's trauma center plan approved
The Pennsylvania Trauma Systems Foundation on Tuesday approved Paoli Hospital's application to establish a Level II trauma center.
Full story; Philadelphia Business Journal; 8/3/10

Methodist Dallas receives Center of Excellence designation for adult kidney transplants
Methodist Dallas is recognized for its excellence in providing quality transplant care to patients.
Full story; Methodist Health System; 8/3/10

Mississippi gives OK for Olive Branch Hospital
Mississippi state health officials have granted the certificate of need giving Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare the go ahead to build a 100-bed hospital.
Full story; The Daily News; 8/3/10

Le Bonheur delays until December hospital opening
The three-month delay was to give hospital and medical staff time to acclimate to the new building and train on new equipment, says Le Bonheur spokesman Sara Burnett.
Full story; Memphis Business Journal; 8/3/10

State approves new surgical center at Johnson City Medical Center
Plans for a $69 million surgical center to be built at Johnson City Medical Center have been approved. Parent company, Mountain States Health Alliance, says the new center will be state-of-the-art.
Full story; Mountain States Health Alliance; 8/1/10

Cost cuts drive hospital profit gains
BayCare Health System has focused on Six Sigma, a management methodology to cut errors and minimize variability.
Full story; Tampa Bay Business Journal; 8/1/10

July 2010

Moffitt Cancer Center adding facilities
Under a new partnership, Tampa based Moffitt will work with area hospitals, located in Lake and Sumter counties, to improve the cancer treatment outcomes and availability of advanced cancer care treatment options.
Full story; Orlando Business Journal; 7/30/10

UT MD Anderson keeps number one cancer ranking in U.S. News & World Report annual survey
Since the survey began in 1990, the institution has been ranked one of the top two cancer hospitals in the United States.
Full story;; 7/30/10

Sawyer named CFO for Norton Community Hospital
Stephen Sawyer has been named the new chief financial officer for Norton Community Hospital, a facility of Mountain States Health Alliance. Sawyer will have responsibility over the financial operations of NCH as well as Dickenson Community Hospital and other MSHA services.
Full story; Mountain States Health Alliance; 7/29/10

Alamance Regional teams with Royals on breast cancer
Alamance Regional Medical Center is partnering with the Burlington Royals for Breast Cancer Awareness Night. All breast cancer survivors will be honored on the field before the national anthem.
Full story; The Business Journal of the Greater Triad Area; 7/29/10

Mount Sinai Q2 profit climbs
The operator of the 955-bed hospital lowered expenses slightly quarter-over-quarter. Much of that came from reducing supply costs.
Full story; South Florida Business Journal; 7/28/10

Cleveland Clinic doctor wins $3.8 million federal grant for heart disease study
A Cleveland Clinic doctor has landed a $3.8 million federal grant to study the effects of a person's genes and diet on atherosclerotic heart disease.
Full story; Crain's Cleveland Business; 7/28/10

Moffitt signs license agreement with CvergenX
Under the agreement, CvergenX acquired the exclusive worldwide rights to InterveneXRT, a technology platform that individualizes radiation therapy.
Full story; Tampa Bay Business Journal; 7/27/10

Moffitt researcher Dr. Eduardo Sotomayor gets $2.5 million
The National Institutes of Health awarded a $2.5 million grant to Dr. Eduardo Sotomayor for research on treatments for a type of blood cancer.
Full story; Tampa Bay Business Journal; 7/27/10

Hospitals save babies together
A unique collaboration between University Hospital, Good Samaritan Hospital and Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center specializes in diagnosing and treating life-threatening conditions. Established in 2004, it's already making inroads in increasing life expectancies for the sickest babies and developing new treatment standards.
Full story;; 7/27/10

The hospital, your care coordinator
As an ACO, Montefiore Medical Center is experimenting with a novel way to save money and improve patient outcomes by coordinating all of their care, by all of their doctors, whether in the hospital or out.
Full story; U.S. News & World Report; 7/26/10

M.D. Anderson-Orlando names new director
Dr. Mark Roh, an internationally renowned liver cancer surgeon at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center Orlando has been appointed the cancer center's medical and scientific director.
Full story; Orlando Business Journal; 7/26/10

Miami Children's aligns with Palms West Hospital
Miami Children's Hospital will provide pediatric emergency care at Palms West Hospital.
Full story; South Florida Business Journal; 7/26/10

Heritage Valley ratings reaffirmed
S & P rating affirmation reflects Heritage Valley's solid business position due to improved operating income for the first 10 months of fiscal 2010.
Full story; Pittsburgh Business Times; 7/26/10

Memorial Healthcare System earns $118M
Memorial Healthcare's operating profit increased to $62 million, from $48.7 million, but its non-operating gains were less in the most recent year due in part to higher interest expenses and lower investment gains.
Full story; South Florida Business Journal; 7/26/10

Electronic surveillance is key to HAI investigation
A facility in the Daughters of Charity Health System is using Premier's SafetySurveillor to complete mandatory state reporting. SafetySurveillor identified a cluster of eight patients over a three-month period on one patient care unit with hospital-onset Clostridium difficile. The cluster would have been missed using manual surveillance.
Full story; Infection Control Today; 7/26/10

Hospitals offering staff on-site wellness programs
Banner and Catholic Healthcare West discuss employee wellness programs and how they are helping keep people healthy.
Full story; Phoenix Business Journal; 7/26/10

McLeod honored nationally for quality, safety and patient care
McLeod is the first hospital in South Carolina to receive this prestigious honor since the inception of the national Quest for Quality Prize in 2002.
Full story; McLeod Health; 7/26/10

Marshfield looks ahead on meaningful-use road
Marshfield Clinic leaders say their next major step will be to get Marshfield's 800 physicians, who practice in 50 specialties and subspecialties, all on the same page. One new focus for the clinic will be building a quality-measure library.
Full story; Modern Healthcare; 7/23/10

CMC-Pineville in expansion mode
Carolinas HealthCare System is seeing increased demand at its Pineville hospital as patients seek care closer to home. To meet this demand, facilities and healthcare services will be added.
Full story; Charlotte Business Journal; 7/23/10

Methodist enrolls in national program to reduce expenses, improve quality
Methodist, a joint venture of Methodist Healtcare Ministires and Hospital Corporation of America, will participate in the QUEST collaborative. QUEST was developed by Premier and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement. It is a voluntary, three-year project designed to optimize hospital performance.
Full story; San Antonio Business Journal; 7/22/10

Mon General expands cardiac services
Two recent cardiovascular surgeon additions to Mon General's Cardiac Services Program means Mon General can provide the full continuum of cardiac services.
Full story; WAJR; 7/22/10

St. Elizabeth opening new diabetes treatment center
The new St. Elizabeth Regional Diabetes Center will employ six board-certified endocrinologists and 14 diabetes educators and medical professionals at St. Elizabeth Covington. The center aims to be a one-stop shop for those with diabetes.
Full story;; 7/21/10

Banner MediSun opening in Mesa
Banner MediSun office is opening a new office. MediSun, is an Arizona-based Medicare health plan that serves Medicare-eligible residents.
Full story; Phoenix Business Journal; 7/21/10

TriHealth program cuts heart patients' return trips
The Navigator project launched in December at Good Samaritan Hospital. It is a pilot project that connects congestive heart failure patients with services ranging from Meals on Wheels to help finding new housing. TriHealth officials say the program has cut return hospital trips to by 20 percent.
Full story;; 7/20/10

Personalize your recruitment strategy
Marshfield Clinic discusses tips for dealing with a physician shortage and how organizations are offering many more incentives, such as student loan assistance or recruitment incentives.
Full story; HealthLeaders Media; 7/20/10

Montgomery County hospitals will be first to use health IT exchange
Montgomery County has five hospitals: Holy Cross Hospital of Silver Spring, Montgomery General Hospital, Shady Grove Adventist Hospital, Suburban Hospital and Washington Adventist Hospital, that will be part of the health information exchange.
Full story; Baltimore Business Journal; 7/20/10

What the doctor is really thinking, Geisinger tests program
Geisinger Health System will help test a program that allows patients to see doctor notes.
Full story; The Wall Street Journal; 7/20/10

Children's Hospital illustrates Seattle expansion plan
Seattle Children's Hospital will expand in the upscale Laurelhurst neighborhood of Seattle by adding 350 beds over the next 20 years.
Full story; Puget Sound Business Journal; 7/19/10

Detroit Medical Center makes "Most Wired" list
For the fourth consecutive year, Detroit Medical Center has been named to the nation's "Most Wired" list, according to the results of the 2010 Most Wired Survey and Benchmarking Study.
Full story; Detroit Medical Center; 7/19/10

Miami Children's expands into Palm Beach County
Miami Children's Hospital has opened its first clinic in Palm Beach County, the Nicklaus Care Center.
Full story; South Florida Business Journal; 7/19/10

Sinai doctor's research may lead to rival Plavix drug
The director of Sinai Hospital's Center for Thrombosis Research, conducted research for a drug that is going up against one of the top-selling medicines in the world.
Full story; Baltimore Business Journal; 7/19/10

Carolinas HealthCare's CMC-Steele Creek seen as prescription for growth
Carolinas HealthCare System is finding success with its strategy to expand emergency services to Charlotte's suburbs.
Full story; Charlotte Business Journal; 7/16/10

Some Florida hospitals see huge rise in net income
While most companies suffered through a brutal recession in 2009, South Florida hospitals enjoyed a banner year, with a combined 68 percent boost in profits. See how Mount Sinai, Miami Children's Hospital and Baptist Health of South Florida did.
Full story; South Florida Business Journal; 7/16/10

Asheville's Mission Hospital names new CEO
Dr. Ronald Paulus has been named the new president and CEO of Mission Health System and Mission Hospital.
Full story; Citizen-Times; 7/16/10

Four Cincinnati hospitals rank among best
Good Samaritan Hospital makes U.S. News & World Report's Best Hospitals list. It is mentioned in the diabetes and endocrinology category.
Full story; Business Courier of Cincinnati; 7/15/10

Cleveland Clinic partners with Chicago hospital
In a move likely to shake up the market for heart care in the Chicago area, the well-known Cleveland Clinic's cardiac surgery program said Thursday that it has signed an affiliation agreement with Central DuPage Hospital in the western Chicago suburbs.
Full story; HealthLeaders Media; 7/16/10

Hospitals fight to lure primary-care physicians
Florida Hospital moved its family-medicine residency program from its Orlando hospital to Winter Park Memorial, hoping to lure more doctors.
Full story; Orlando Sentinel; 7/16/10

Top hospitals named by U.S. News & World Report
Cleveland Clinic and others make the list this year.
Full story; Health News; 7/16/10

Carolinas Medical lands U.S. News ranking
Carolinas Medical Center was named as one of the top 50 orthopedics programs in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.
Full story; Charlotte Business Journal; 7/16/10

Winter Park hospital opens new office
Winter Park Memorial Hospital has opened a new $7 million office building, which will house the Centre for Family Medicine and Family Medicine Residency Program.
Full story; Orlando Business Journal; 7/15/10

Baptist nurse chosen for Wharton training
A Baptist Health nurse was selected for an exclusive group of nurse executives to participate in Johnson & Johnson Wharton Fellows Program in Management for Nurse Executives. Diane Raines, senior vice president and chief nursing officer at Baptist Health, recently graduated from the intensive three-week management education program.
Full story; Jacksonville Business Journal; 7/14/10

Kettering Health Network relocating offices to Austin interchange
Kettering Health Network is relocating a portion of its administrative offices to Austin Landing. The healthcare provider, which has 9,500 area employees, signed a 10-year lease.
Full story; Dayton Business Journal; 7/14/10

Summa Health gets $1M gift to establish orthopedics fellowship
Summa Health System has received a $1 million gift that will go toward establishing a research fellowship for a medical resident who specializes in orthopedics.
Full story; Medcity News; 7/13/10

Fort Hamilton Hospital joins Kettering Health Network
Fort Hamilton Hospital has become Kettering Health Network's seventh member.
Full story; Business Courier of Cincinnati; 7/13/10

Mountain States Health Alliance opens first 'green' hospital in the state
Franklin Woods Community Hospital is now open in Tennessee. Around the edges of the facility are healing gardens filled with benches, picnic tables and water features. Even the products used to build the hospital are healthier than average.
Full story; Mountain States Health Alliance; 7/13/10

Vanderbilt Medical Center named one of nation's "Most Wired"
The survey of nearly 1,300 hospitals looked at everything from bar code use on medications and electronic health records to billing systems and wireless networks. Vanderbilt Medical Center was named among the "Most Wired" for 2010.
Full story; Nashville Business Journal; 7/12/10

North Shore - LIJ requires new nurses to have BSN
North Shore - LIJ Health System says that starting September 1st it will require newly hired nurses to either hold a Bachelor of Nursing Science degree or earn one within five years.
Full story; HealthLeaders Media; 7/12/10

Automation speeds up lab work at Good Samaritan Hospital
Business TV program highlights automated lab work going on at Good Samaritan. Click play on the video and watch the 4th story for details.
Full story; cet connect; 7/9/10

Aurora targets Illinois ER patients
Aurora Health Care is applying for a Level 2 trauma designation with the state of Illinois, hoping to attract new patients.
Full story; The Business Journal of Milwaukee; 7/9/10

Mercy Gilbert Hospital finds lower mortality, higher patient satisfaction starts with turnover
Laurie Eberst, President and CEO of Mercy Gilbert Hospital in Arizona, says a consistent staff offers a "huge advantage from a quality perspective." Mercy Gilbert's parent, Catholic Healthcare West, thinks turnover rates are so important that it tracks controllable versus uncontrollable turnover.
Full story; HealthLeaders Media; 7/9/10

The Med gets $40 million in state and federal funding, more than expected
A $40 million payday has arrived for the Regional Medical Center at Memphis and should similar checks continue each year, the beleaguered hospital's major money woes could be over for the foreseeable future.
Full story; The (Memphis, TN) Commercial Appeal; 7/8/10

Banner to test heart-attack warning system
Banner Baywood Heart Hospital in Mesa, AZ, is one of 50 sites in the nation taking part in the second phase of a clinical trial of the AngelMed Guardian System, designed to warn people of a heart attack by "paging" them before they even notice signs that they're having one.
Full story; The Arizona Republic; 7/8/10

Glen Cove Hospital food service executive wins Premier Healthcare Alliance Culinary Creations Award
Lyndon Espiritu, assistant director of Dietary at Glen Cove Hospital in Glen Cove, N.Y., has been named the winner of the Premier healthcare alliance's 2010 Culinary Creations Award.
Full story; Business Wire; 7/8/10

Massachusetts outpatient care ranked high
In Massachusetts as a whole, 30 percent of patients had an MRI first, compared with nearly 33 percent of patients nationally. At the Boston teaching hospitals, the rate ranged from 24 percent of patients at Tufts Medical Center to 39 percent of patients at Caritas St. Elizabethís Medical Center.
Full story; The Boston Globe; 7/8/10

Sharp Memorial tops America's 20 'most beautiful hospitals' list
Soliant Health, an Atlanta-based provider of specialty healthcare staffing services and a part of the Swiss-based Adecco Group, has released a list of the top 20 most beautiful hospitals in the country. At the top of the list is Sharp Memorial Hospital in San Diego.
Full story; Healthcare Finance News; 7/7/10

Colvin to be St. Elizabeth's new COO
St. Elizabeth Healthcare has appointed Garren Colvin as executive vice president and chief operating officer effective Jan. 1, 2011.
Full story; Business Courier of Cincinnati; 7/7/10

Domestic medical travel is taking off for surgery deals
More employers and insurers are offering financial incentives to encourage workers to consider "domestic medical travel." Lowe's has a three-year deal with the Cleveland Clinic to send willing employees and their dependents there who need treatments such as open-heart surgeries, valve repairs and pacemakers.
Full story; USA Today; 7/7/10

Methodist's hospital plan for Olive Branch gets recommendation
Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare has received a positive recommendation for its plan to build a hospital in Olive Branch, another step forward in the process as the plan moves toward what officials hope will soon be the final OK to proceed.
Full story; HealthLeaders Media; 7/6/10

Some think it's beautiful
Sharp Memorial Hospital was recently voted the most beautiful hospital in the country, in an online survey. Ranking behind Sharp Memorial is the Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital in Michigan. The two hospitals were clear standouts among voters, with both grabbing nearly half of all the votes cast.
Full story; NBC San Diego; 7/6/10

Medical records go online, but at what cost to privacy?
Nearly every major South Florida hospital and many doctors are joining a push by the Obama administration to spend $19.2 billion in federal stimulus money to help create a national EMR system by 2014.
Full story; The Miami Herald; 7/6/10

In a world of throwaways, making a dent in medical waste
The health care industry has a garbage problem. Fairview's approach to help fix the problem is to cut back the use of disposables at the source by streamlining packaged surgical kits. Similarly, at Rochester General Hospital in upstate New York, surgeons have agreed to use standardized supply kits selected to cover most of their needs while leaving little unused.
Full story; The New York Times; 7/5/10

Alternative to HMOs coordinates treatment delivery
Two Northeast Ohio health systems are part of a push to create a new way of coordinating care for patients and getting paid for those services. Summa Health System in Akron and University Hospitals in Cleveland are working with the Premier healthcare alliance to each develop an "accountable care organization," or ACO for short.
Full story;; 7/5/10

Charlotte hospitals have different medical-school agendas
Mark Billings believes it's possible to establish a four-year medical school in Charlotte as soon as 2015. And the president of Presbyterian Hospital is calling for creation of an alliance of hospital, business and community leaders to make that happen.
Full story; Charlotte Business Journal; 7/2/10

Fish, Florida Hospital sign merger
Bert Fish Medical Center officially merged with the Adventist Health System on Wednesday.
Full story; The Daytona Beach News-Journal; 7/1/10

June 2010

Public healthcare board takes over Marin General Hospital
Complying with the terms of a legal settlement agreement, Sutter Health returned management control of Marin General to the district after operating it for 15 years.
Full story; Marin Independent Journal; 6/30/10

Aurora to open Grafton hospital
Aurora Health Care announces its new medical center in Grafton will open in November. The campus will have a comprehensive orthopedic center with four dedicated operating rooms.
Full story; The Business Journal of Milwaukee; 6/29/10

Regional Health gets nearly $2 million for digital mammography program
Digital mammography, which offers a clearer image at a higher cost, will be available soon at three area Regional Health facilities thanks to a $1.98 million grant from the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust.
Full story; Rapid City Journal; 6/28/10

Three health systems ink agreements with patient self-pay loan provider
St. Rita's Medical Center in Lima, Ohio, Blanchard Valley Health System in Findlay, Ohio, and St. Mary's Medical Center in Evansville, Ind., have separately signed agreements with San Diego-based CSI Financial Services to give their self-pay patients access to low-interest bank loans for paying their hospital bills.
Full story; Healthcare Finance News; 6/28/10

Norton Neuroscience Institute is growing as plans evolve
More than a year after Norton Healthcare launched the Norton Neuroscience Institute now plans include adding several specialty centers.
Full story; Business First of Louisville; 6/28/10

St. Joseph's Women's Hospital in Tampa launches $75M expansion
St. Joseph's Women's Hospital in Tampa has broken ground on a $75 million expansion project. It should be complete by 2012.
Full story; HealthLeaders Media; 6/28/10

Former Bengal Henry found to have had brain damage
Doctors at the Brain Injury Research Institute at West Virginia University reveal new information about Chris Henry's brain damage. Henry played for the Cincinnati Bengals.
Full story; The New York Times; 6/28/10

Cleveland Clinic research again warns of Avandia drug risk
Cleveland Clinic study reveals an increased heart attack risk, between a 28 and 39 percent increase, among patients taking the common type 2 diabetes drug.
Full story;; 6/28/10

Alegent Health, Immanuel Rehabilitation Center helping make impossible possible
Alegent Health recreation therapists help those with physical disabilities learn to water ski.
Full story;; 6/27/10

Health IT's a hot property at Cleveland Clinic Innovations
Health information technology is hot at Cleveland Clinic Innovations, these days. The corporate venturing arm of the Cleveland Clinic has built operations to a crescendo in its first decade, according to Chris Coburn, executive director of the unit and the Clinic's chief of technology commercialization.
Full story; MedCity News; 6/25/10

Baptist Crestwood outpatient center now open
Baptist Crestwood offers many services including diagnostic imaging services, physical therapy and access to physician offices.
Full story; Business First of Louisville; 6/25/10

Stein Mart CEO joins Baptist board
Stein Mart CEO David Stovall Jr. has joined the board of directors for Baptist Health.
Full story; Jacksonville Business Journal; 6/25/10

Randolph diabetes program recognized
The diabetes self-management education program at Randolph Hospital has been awarded recognition from the American Diabetes Association.
Full story; The Business Journal of the Greater Triad Area; 6/25/10

Hundreds attend 'vine-cutting' ceremony at new green hospital
Franklin Woods Community Hospital held a "vine cutting" ceremony with hundreds in attendance to welcome the first new hospital built in Washington County in three decades. The $122 million facility is part of Mountain States Health Alliance.
Full story; Mountain States Health Alliance; 6/25/10

Carolinas Medical Center-Lincoln hospital readies for move to its new location
Carolinas Medical Center-Lincoln is a $90M facility. It is expected to open in July and will serve a growing population.
Full story; The Charlotte Observer; 6/25/10

A new look for St. Mary's Health Center
St. Mary's Health Center is overhauling its main entrance into a modern streetscape that will be easier for visitors to access. That's part of $7 million in upgrades set to begin this year. Upgrades include doubling the size of the waiting room for the emergency department and expanding its parking to handle the 40,000 patients who visit the department each year. The hospital recently won a quality award from Premier.
Full story; St. Louis Post-Dispatch; 6/24/10

Vision, courage and confidence
David Jiminez, retiring COO of Catholic Healthcare Partners, is known for leading a diverse workforce. He is considered one of the best healthcare system operators in the country.
Full story (pages 32-35); Journal of Healthcare Contracting; 6/24/10

Gaston Memorial plans new billing system
CaroMont Health is piloting new initiatives aimed at lowering the cost and improving the outcome of medical treatment, starting this year with a program designed to eliminate fees for individual services and bundle payments for a full episode of care.
Full story; Gaston Gazette; 6/23/10

Banner to break ground on $71M project
Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center will break ground on a $71 million dollar expansion of its surgical services department in downtown Phoenix.
Full story; Phoenix Business Journal; 6/23/10

Adventist Health opens new hospital
Private donations and donations from hospital staff helped fund the project. The new hospital will open in California in October of this year.
Full story; KMPH-TV; 6/23/10

Texas Health named among best places to work in IT for third straight year
Texas Health Resources has been selected for the third straight year by Computerworld magazine as one of the top places to work for information technology professionals.
Full story; Texas Health Resources; 6/22/10

Three healthcare systems sign, flesh out merger agreement
The leaders of St. Peter's Health Care Services, Northeast Health and Seton Health have signed a formal merger agreement. They will now work toward becoming one system.
Full story; The Business Review; 6/22/10

Cooper hospital opens tranquil garden
The garden was created on the campus of the Camden medical center to serve as a place of respite and tranquility for patients and families to enhance the healing process.
Full story; Philadelphia Business Journal; 6/22/10

Catholic Health Partners makes list of top health systems
Catholic Health Partners is listed among the top 10 health systems in the nation.
Full story; Business Courier; 6/22/10

Palmetto Health makes annual list of best places to work in information technology
IDG Computerworld has selected Palmetto Health as one of the top workplaces for information technology (IT) professionals. This honor is part of the IT publication's 17th annual Best Places to Work in IT survey.
Full story; Palmetto Health; 6/21/10

A health insurer pays more to save
"The essential business model of medical insurance will have to change," says Dr. Glenn Steele Jr., the chief executive of Geisinger Health System.
Full story; The New York Times; 6/21/10

Baptist Healthcare opens Walmart clinic
Baptist Healthcare System opened a second area Baptist Express Care clinic. The clinics are open seven days a week.
Full story; Business First of Louisville; 6/21/10

How Good Samaritan became Ohio's baby HQ
Good Samaritan had 6,875 live births in 2009, more than any other hospital in the state. It's the fourth year in a row the hospital has held the distinction.
Full story (subscription required); Business Courier of Cincinnati; 6/18/10

Carolinas HealthCare to open pediatric urgent-care facility
Carolinas HealthCare System will start operating its first pediatric urgent-care center next month. The goal is to reduce pressure on the emergency department at Levine Children's Hospital.
Full story; Charlotte Business Journal; 6/18/10

Banner to create new psychiatric center
Banner Psychiatric Center will include room for 23 patients and an observation area, and will be staffed around the clock with physicians, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, behavioral health technicians and counselors. It is expected to open in August.
Full story; The Arizona Republic; 6/17/10

COPD patients may be over treated with steroids according to Baystate study
Baystate Medical Center study finds some patients are potentially exposed to unnecessarily high doses of steroids, greater hospital costs, and longer lengths of stay.
Full story; WebMD; 6/16/10

Cleveland Clinic to open autism center in Connellsville, PA
The Cleveland Clinic will collaborate with nonprofit Highlands Hospital in Connellsville, Fayette County, PA, to provide services to children with autism.
Full story; Pittsburgh Business Times; 6/16/10

Bill Leonard to head CMC-University in Charlotte, NC
Bill Leonard has been named president of Carolinas Medical Center-University in Charlotte, NC, replacing Spencer Lilly, who recently became president of Carolinas Medical Center-Mercy.
Full story; The Charlotte Observer; 6/16/10

Charity care spending rises 12% at Carolinas HealthCare System
Despite the rising cost of charity care, the Charlotte-based healthcare system reported net revenue of $101.5 million for the first quarter of 2010. That compares to a loss of $62 million for the first quarter of 2009.
Full story; The Charlotte Observer; 6/16/10

Medical device makers: Stop griping and embrace healthcare reform
Lee Perlman, president of GNYHA Ventures, explains why medical devices companies need to stop complaining and embrace healthcare reform.
Full story; HealthLeaders Media; 6/16/10

In COPD, oral, intravenous steroids bring same outcomes
Baystate Medical Center and Premier healthcare alliance contribute to a study that could help patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
Full story; Modern Medicine; 6/16/10

Business group honors Texas Health as a best employer for healthy lifestyles
Texas Health received a silver award for its Total Health program. The purpose of the Total Health program is to provide awareness, education and intervention opportunities so members can make informed lifestyle decisions.
Full story; Texas Health Resources; 6/15/10

New children's hospital to open in Memphis
The new Le Bonheur Children's Medical Center in Memphis is set for a grand opening. The 255-bed, $340 million medical complex is geared to care for the more than 130,000 children.
Full story; AP via; 6/15/10

St. Joseph employees donate paid time off to worthy charities
St. Joseph Health System in Orange, CA, has created a new program that allows employees to donate the cash equivalent of their paid time off (PTO) to charity. The PTO Donation Program was launched in March at the behest of employees to help the people of earthquake-stricken Haiti. So far, it has raised about $25,000.
Full story; HealthLeaders Media; 6/14/10

West Penn Allegheny Health System to open surgery center
West Penn Allegheny Health System announces plans to open a 55,000-square-foot ambulatory surgery center.
Full story; Pittsburgh Business Times; 6/14/10

MinuteClinic teams with Catholic Healthcare West in Phoenix
Catholic Healthcare West and MinuteClinic are hoping to collectively increase the public's access to healthcare in the Phoenix metropolitan area.
Full story; Nursing Spectrum; 6/14/10

Palomar Pomerado Health receives award for quality
Palomar Pomerado Health and Palomar Medical Center are the recipients of the Premier Award for Quality by the Premier healthcare alliance.
Full story; Palomar Pomerado Health; 6/11/10

Medical arms race hits emergency rooms
Overlake Hospital Medical Center believes the multiple proposed free-standing emergency rooms are a troubling trend.
Full story; Puget Sound Business Journal; 6/11/10

Archbishop experiences Good Samaritan's tradition of care
It was the archbishop's first visit to Cincinnati's oldest and largest private teaching hospital. He met with TriHealth leaders and patients as well.
Full story; The Catholic Telegraph; 6/9/10

Henry Ford Hospital announces new president and CEO
John Popovich Jr., M.D., a nationally respected pulmonary disease and internal medicine specialist, as well as a national leader in healthcare policy, has been appointed president and chief executive officer of Henry Ford Hospital.
Full story; PR Newswire; 6/9/10

Beebe Medical Center recognized
Beebe Medical Center announced it has been recognized by the Premier healthcare alliance as a winner of the Premier Award for Quality.
Full story; WMDT 47; 6/9/10

Nemours ranks among top in nation
The Nemours children's health care system has been ranked among the best in the specialty rankings of U.S. News & World Report's 2010 edition of "America's Best Children's Hospitals."
Full story; Orlando Business Journal; 6/9/10

CMC-Lincoln sets hospital opening date
Carolinas Medical Center-Lincoln will open its new, 101-bed hospital on McAlister Road in Lincolnton on July 10. Patients at the current Gamble Drive facility will be transferred to the new hospital by ambulance that morning.
Full story; Charlotte Business Journal; 6/9/10

Forbes Hospital plans ER expansion
Forbes Regional Hospital in Monroeville will add nine treatment rooms in the emergency department as part of a $1 million upgrade, the West Penn Allegheny Health System announced.
Full story; Pittsburgh Business Times; 6/8/10

Baptist to restart new downtown tower
This month, Baptist Health will resume construction on an 11-story medical tower downtown, which was halted when the credit market dried up in 2008.
Full story; Jacksonville Business Journal; 6/8/10

Life saving infant surgery performed at Cardinal Glennon
It was a life saving surgery at Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center for a four day old baby born with a hole in her diaphragm. During pregnancy, Brooke Santangelo's intestines had grown through the hole and were putting pressure on her lungs.
Full story; Fox 2 - St. Louis; 6/7/10

CaroMont in deal with Columbia HeartSource
CaroMont Health has signed an agreement with Columbia HeartSource of New York to receive clinical guidance and access to research trials.
Full story; Charlotte Business Journal; 6/7/10

MD Anderson has breakthrough results with drug study for chronic leukemia
Researchers with The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer center have discovered that a second-line medication approved for a drug-resistant form of leukemia proved a faster initial therapy for the disease.
Full story; Houston Business Journal; 6/7/10

All Children's Telethon raises $3.3 million
The 2010 All Children's Hospital Telethon raised $3.34 million for the St. Petersburg hospital. The total includes proceeds from the televised event, a 20-hour broadcast from Saturday, June 5 to Sunday, June 6, as well as other special events over the weekend, a release said.
Full story; Tampa Bay Business Journal; 6/7/10

Adventist to open new oncology facility in Germantown
Shady Grove Adventist Hospital has announced plans to open a new radiation oncology facility in Germantown early next year.
Full story; Washington Business Journal; 6/7/10

Cleveland Clinic's new health center will feature 'patient navigators' to coordinate care
Cleveland Clinic's new center will feature "patient navigators" who help patients assess, engage, and coordinate their medical, social service and financial needs, and link them to the appropriate resources.
Full story; HealthLeaders Media; 6/7/10

Healthcare firm develops clinics on franchise model
The franchise model is not for everyone. Aurora Health Care has closed nine of its 19 QuickCare clinics since the start of last year.
Full story; Journal Sentinel; 6/5/10

Florida Hospital/Adventist Health System to lease Bert Fish MC
Florida Hospital and parent Adventist Health System have signed a letter of intent to lease and manage the 112-bed Bert Fish Medical Center in New Smyrna Beach on July 1, with an option to buy the facility in 2015.
Full story; HealthLeaders Media; 6/4/10

Northeast Health breaking ground on senior project
Northeast Health is adding skilled nursing care to its Beverwyck retirement community in Slingerlands. The Eddy, the senior care arm of Troy-based Northeast, will spend $6 million to build two, 10,000-square-foot houses on three acres on the Beverwyck campus.
Full story; The Business Review (Albany); 6/4/10

Northeast Florida hospitals brace for $20 million Medicaid cuts
Northeast Florida hospitals are bracing for a 7 percent Medicaid rate cut that will slash a combined $20 million from their fiscal 2010-2011 budgets. "We'll just have to learn to do more with less, and what that will mean in the long term is anyone's guess," said Mike Lukaszewsk, chief financial officer at Baptist Health. "We continue to identify operational efficiencies. Technology has helped in some areas, and to some extent we'll just have to absorb it with a lower margin."
Full story; Jacksonville Business Journal; 6/4/10

Southcoast Health System President John Day to retire in 2011
John B. Day announced Thursday his intention to retire in July 2011 as president and CEO of Southcoast Health System after more than 32 years, capping a career that improved access to advanced medical services by bringing a strong regional approach to healthcare.
Full story; Taunton Daily Gazette; 6/3/10

St. Jude named best children's cancer hospital in U.S.
St. Jude received the best overall score in quality of care. It is the first and only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center devoted solely to children and serves as an international resource to physicians and researchers.
Full story; Memphis Business Journal; 6/3/10

Best children's hospitals 2010-11: The Honor Roll
This year's rankings show the 30 top children's centers in 10 specialties: cancer, diabetes and endocrinology, gastroenterology (digestive disorders), heart and heart surgery, kidney, neonatology, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopedics, pulmonology (respiratory problems), and urology. In all, 62 different hospitals are ranked in at least one specialty.
Full story; U.S. News & World Report; 6/2/10

Texas Health wins plaudits for innovative electronic health record technology
Texas Health Resources has been recognized by CIO magazine as a 2010 CIO 100 recipient for its innovative initiative to develop and implement an electronic health record (EHR) across its 13-hospital system. The award program recognizes 100 organizations around the world and across all industry sectors that exemplify the highest level of operational and strategic excellence in information technology.
Full story; Texas Health Resources website; 6/2/10

Which hospitals do the best to prevent infection? Local report ranks hospitals
Its new study cites two hospitals in the St. Louis SSM Health Care network – DePaul Health Center in Bridgeton and St. Mary's Health Center in Richmond Heights – as ranking among the top five in providing all or nearly all of the recommended care for heart attacks, pneumonia and surgical infections.
Full story; St. Louis Beacon; 6/2/10

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Keystone Mercy renew deal
Under the agreement, Keystone Mercy members will be able to continue using providers at Children's Hospital through June 30, 2013.
Full story; Philadelphia Business Journal; 6/2/10

Baystate Health donates computers
Baystate Health helps school update technology for students.
Full story; CBS 3 Springfield; 6/1/10

St. Clare opens $2.4M SSM Neurosciences Institute
The SSM Neurosciences Institute at St. Clare Health Center brings neurosurgeons, neurologists and pain management specialists under one roof.
Full story; St. Louis Business Journal; 6/1/10

Doctors, pharmacists urge people to keep accurate lists of medications
Wellmont Health System and Mountain States Health Alliance recognize the importance of such a list and have worked together to develop a downloadable card on which patients can write their medicines.
Full story; Mountain States Health Alliance; 6/1/10

Baystate nearly doubles medication scanning rates
Baystate Medical Center improved its medication scanning rates. Their medication error rate also decreased. Learn how they made this happen.
Full story; HealthLeaders Media; 6/1/10

FIU, Memorial Healthcare sign affiliation agreement
Florida International University's Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine has signed an affiliation agreement with Memorial Healthcare System, allowing its medical students to receive clinical training from physicians in a variety of specialties.
Full story; South Florida Business Journal; 6/1/10

Cleveland Clinic's United Nations Global Compact report
Cleveland Clinic releases details about progress in an agreement with the United Nations Global Compact. The effort brings business together with UN agencies, civil society and governments to advance ten universal principles.
Full story; Cleveland Clinic; 6/1/10

May 2010

Banner Health's new cancer center hits 'topping out' milestone
Banner Health officials help celebrate as cancer center moves closer to completion.
Full story; The Arizona Republic; 5/28/10

Bert Fish board votes to join Florida Hospital
Bert Fish Medical Center board members voted unanimously to seal a union with Adventist Health System.
Full story; The Daytona Beach News Journal; 5/28/10

Vanderbilt Children's Hospital to build $30 million addition
Nashville-based Vanderbilt University plans to build a 30,000-square-foot addition to its Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital.
Full story; The Tennessean via HealthLeaders Media; 5/28/10

Cardiology group joins St. Elizabeth
Comprehensive Cardiology Consultants have joined St. Elizabeth Healthcare, becoming the only cardiologists directly employed by the Northern Kentucky hospital system.
Full story; Business Courier of Cincinnati; 5/27/10

Chinese delegation tours SSM St. Clare Health Center
SSM St. Clare Health Center hosted 14 Chinese delegation representatives in an effort to help their country learn more about healthcare facilities in the United States and key ways to enhance quality care.
Full story; The St. Louis American; 5/26/10

Mercy hospital project
Mercy is building a $200 million hospital. The new facility is expected to be complete in 2013. Mercy is owned by Catholic Healthcare Partners.
Full story; Business Courier of Cincinnati; 5/26/10

Nemours captures advertising awards
Jacksonville-based Nemours received awards for radio commercials, newspaper ads, collateral materials, annual reports and internal employee communications. Its marketing materials were selected from more than 4,000 entries.
Full story; Jacksonville Business Journal; 5/25/10

Carolinas HealthCare signs Humana deal
Carolinas HealthCare System has agreed to provide services to members of Humana's Medicare Advantage insurance plans.
Full story; Charlotte Business Journal via HealthLeaders Media; 5/26/10

Queen City Medical Group recognized for Medical Home performance
Queen City Medical Group, a TriHealth Physician Practice, has been recognized by the National Committee for Quality Assurance for achieving the highest status attainable for Physician Practice Connections Patient Centered Medical Home.
Full story;; 5/25/10

Double-lung transplant patient to perform opera at Cleveland Clinic summit
Patient who had a double-lung transplant says coming back to Cleveland Clinic to sing is really a dream come true.
Full story;; 5/25/10

Einstein hospital project waiting for FDA approval
The new central Montgomery County hospital is behind schedule, but Albert Einstein Healthcare Network still expects to have the medical center open in the spring or summer of 2012.
Full story; Philadelphia Business Journal; 5/21/10

CaroMont to implement new healthcare system
CaroMont will launch Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) in Gaston County and the surrounding region. The new system measures success by the overall health of the community.
Full story; Freedom - Gaston Gazette; 5/21/10

Greater Baltimore Medical Center names Chessare as CEO
Dr. John Chessare, formerly president of Norwood Hospital near Boston, will replace interim CEO Dr. John Saunders at Greater Baltimore Medical Center.
Full story; Baltimore Business Journal; 5/21/10

Doctors in Texas to aid Boston-area hospitals
Southcoast Health System has signed an affiliation agreement with doctors from MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston to help provide patient care, including advising the hospital on drug regimens, pain control, and chemotherapy safety.
Full story; Boston Globe via HealthLeaders Media; 5/21/10

Baystate Health nationally recognized for its commitment to patient care
BayState Health is recognized in Washington as part of the Premier healthcare alliance's Accountable Care Organization (ACO) national collaborative.
Full story;; 5/20/10

Hospital officials explain changes at Bellevue facility
West Penn Allegheny Health System officials met with residents to discuss the decision by the company to close Allegheny General Hospital Suburban Campus' emergency room and lease all of its 100 inpatient beds to LifeCare by August.
Full story; Pittsburgh Post Gazette; 5/20/10

SSM Health Care joins group that will focus on creating healthier communities
SSM Health Care is participating in the initiative because the future will be focused on keeping people healthy. SSM joined the Premier Accountable Care Organization Collaborative and has identified its St. Louis market as the pilot site.
Full story;; 5/20/10

North Shore-Long Island Jewish teams up with Lenox Hill
North-Shore Long Island Jewish Health System, the third-largest secular healthcare network in the country, announces its affiliation with Lenox Hill Hospital in New York.
Full story; HealthLeaders Media; 5/20/10

Time for the stars of technology management to shine
Lori Catron, Biomedical Engineering Manager at St. Joseph's Hospital & Medical Center, and Tessie Martinez, Manager of Purchasing at Children's Hospital are among those recognized for their expertise.
Full story; AAMI News; 5/20/10

Cutting edge medicine: New look inside the heart
Doctors at University Hospitals in Cleveland, Ohio, say new technology provides faster, clearer images of heart vessels.
Full story; ABC News; 5/20/10

Methodist at forefront of accountable care
Methodist Medical Center is positioning itself to meet the healthcare reform legislation by teaming up with Premier healthcare alliance to create the first accountable care organizations in the country.
Full story;; 5/19/10

Aspects of healthcare reform law discussed at Billings forum
Billings forum addresses alternatives to medical litigation.
Full story; Billings Gazette; 5/19/10

MSHA wins healthcare marketing report awards
The Mountain States Health Alliance Communications and Marketing Department received two Gold Awards, a Silver, a Bronze and four Merit awards from Healthcare Marketing Report, the nation's leading healthcare marketing publication.
Full story; Mountain States Health Alliance; 5/18/10

Hospitals criticized over offers to save money by sharing electronic patient data
Texas Health Resources and Children's Medical Center Dallas announced April 27 that patients seen at one hospital will have their records available electronically at the other if they need to be admitted.
Full story; The Dallas Morning News; 5/18/10

Florida Hospital wins Sterling Award
Florida Hospital wins the Governor Sterling Award. The award recognizes organizations and businesses in Florida that have successfully achieved performance excellence within their management and operations.
Full story; Orlando Business Journal; 5/18/10

Morton Plant North Bay names Hal Ziecheck COO
For the past 16 years, Ziecheck has been chief operating officer of Morton Plant Hospital in Clearwater. Ziecheck led Morton Plant's efforts to become nationally recognized for innovations in patient care.
Full story; Tampa Bay Business Journal; 5/17/10

Lab robots to save TriHealth millions
The automated chemistry lab system is now up and running at TriHealth's Good Samaritan and Bethesda North hospitals. It is expected to save up to $1 million a year.
Full story;; 5/17/10

Hospital talking affiliation, merger with Cleveland Clinic
Hamot Health Foundation is talking about merging or affiliating with either the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center or the Cleveland Clinic.
Full story; Erie Times via; 5/16/10

A health system thrives... in Detroit?
Henry Ford Health System is thriving amidst economic carnage. It's not easy. It's certainly not as easy as many competitors have made it by abandoning the city altogether.
Full story; HealthLeaders Media; 5/14/10

Inpatient care to end, ER to close at AGH Suburban in Bellevue
West Penn Allegheny Health Systems officials meet with residents to talk about ER closing.
Full story; Pittsburgh Post-Gazette; 5/14/10

Milwaukee health systems using iPads, tablets to boost efficiency
A nurse and director of clinical adoption and transformation at Milwaukee-based Aurora Health Care is among those using the new iPad for work.
Full story; The Business Journal of Milwaukee; 5/14/10

Liska joining Mercy Health Partners
Lee Ann Liska is joining Mercy Health Partners. Liska will begin as chief operating officer of the hospital system in late June.
Full story; Business Courier of Cincinnati; 5/13/10

Heartland Health cuts costs with Premier
Heartland worked with Premier to refine its processes, streamlining everything from its patient throughput to space tracking in the cath labs. Premier tools helped Heartland maximize contract utilization and track metrics like supply expenses per adjusted patient days. Benchmarking labor standards and reviewing spend processes led to savings of $1.5 million in the first year.
Full story (middle of page); Materials Management in Health Care; 5/13/10

Surgeons at TriHealth Hatton Institute research alternative to spinal lumbar fusion
Surgeons at Bethesda North and Good Samaritan hospitals are participating in a clinical study to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of a new minimally invasive procedure to treat low back pain caused by degenerative disc disease.
Full story; TriHealth via; 5/12/10

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia researcher wins Science Center grant
A doctor at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, received a grant to support his work developing a technology that is expected to significantly reduce the 100,000 surgeries performed each year in the United States to replace blocked stents.
Full story; Philadelphia Business Journal; 5/12/10

SSM, SLU team to expand clinical research
SSM Health Care and the Saint Louis University School of Medicine have teamed to make advanced clinical research available to a wider patient base.
Full story; St. Louis Business Journal; 5/12/10

Nemours names chief nursing executive
Barbara DeBenham Meeks has been tapped for the newly created leadership position of chief nursing executive of Nemours Children's Hospital.
Full story; Orlando Business Journal; 5/12/10

Kettering Health Network opens neuro center
Kettering's neuro center will treat chronic neurological and balance disorders with neurology and physical physicians, therapists and specialized equipment. The combination of services makes the center the first of its kind in southwest Ohio.
Full story; Dayton Business Journal; 5/11/10

TriHealth installs total chemistry laboratory robotic system
TriHealth, the community partnership of Bethesda North and Good Samaritan hospitals, has equipped both hospitals and its Bethesda Oak site with a state-of-the-art, fully automated in-house laboratory robotics system.
Full story; TriHealth via; 5/11/10

Arizona hospitals work to keep patients from being infected
Officials with Banner Health go public with how they worked to fight a recent outbreak of a superbug known as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, also known as MRSA.
Full story; The Arizona Republic; 5/11/10

Breast center at Bethesda North is first in the region to be accredited by NAPBC
"At Bethesda North Hospital, our top priorities are quality, safety and service. We are proud to be the first in the region to receive full accreditation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers," says Sher McClanahan, chief operating officer of Bethesda North Hospital, part of TriHealth.
Full story;; 5/10/10

Retiring Kettering Health Network CEO to stay in community
Frank Perez says advice from Virginia Kettering led him to embrace region. For the past 16 years, he has led Kettering Medical Center and served as head of the growing Kettering Health Network.
Full story; Dayton Daily News; 5/9/10

HealthWise: They got your back and trust
Nurse navigators at Alegent Health guide seriously ill patients through the complex and often bewildering healthcare system.
Full story; Omaha World-Herald; 5/8/10

Fairview's Amplatz Children's Hospital to offer high-tech amenities
A parade of 60 to 70 ambulances with a police escort will transfer patients across the river from the East Bank of the University of Minnesota to the new University of Minnesota Amplatz Children's Hospital next March. For the first time, all of the hospital's young patients will be under one roof.
Full story; Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal; 5/7/10

Meaningful use adds to CIO workload
Craig Richardville, CIO for the Carolinas HealthCare System, and William Spooner, CIO of Sharp HealthCare in San Diego discuss aspects surrounding EHR implementation and Premier's new meaningful use best-practices library.
Full story; Healthcare IT News; 5/6/10

Giles county hospital gets upgrade
Carilion Giles Community Hospital is an 86,388 square foot facility that includes 21 single rooms for patient care and four rooms for intensive care. The "critical access hospital" is designed as a rapid diagnostic center that allows for treatment of patients in a non-emergency setting.
Full story; Bluefield Daily Telegraph; 5/6/10

St. Joseph's Children's Hospital opens retail store
St. Joseph's Safety Store sells low-cost, injury prevention-products such as safety gates, bike helmets, child passenger safety seats, cabinet locks, fire extinguishers, smoke alarms and window blind cord wraps.
Full story; Tampa Bay Business Journal; 5/6/10

Election leads Union to shelve hospital sale
Carolinas HealthCare System remains eager to continue its long-term lease to operate CMC-Union.
Full story; The Charlotte Observer; 5/6/10

Kettering Health Network gets governor's award
Kettering Health Network was the only one of four applicants to receive the Governor's Award for Platinum Level performance, a state extension of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award.
Full story; Dayton Daily News; 5/5/10

E-pharmacy catches drug mistakes for rural hospitals in five states
Banner Health, the non-profit, Phoenix-based 22-hospital system that stretches across seven states, from Alaska to Nebraska, is finding solutions for eight of its small, rural facilities that don't have pharmacy staff to review prescriptions around-the-clock.
Full story; HealthLeaders Media; 5/5/10

Nurkin named Johnson City Medical Center CEO
Bradley K. (Brad) Nurkin has been named the CEO of Johnson City Medical Center. Nurkin is a seasoned healthcare professional with broad and successful experience in the leadership of large and small hospital organizations.
Full story; Mountain States Health Alliance website; 5/5/10

Beavercreek hospital to be named for Soin family
Kettering Health Network has named a hospital in honor of Indu and Raj Soin after the longtime philanthropists gave the largest single gift in KHN history.
Full story; Dayton Daily News; 5/4/10

M.D. Anderson strikes back with new logo
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center is doing with its own logo what it hopes all of its patients will do with cancer – striking it out.
Full story; Houston Business Journal; 5/4/10

Going mobile
GNYHA Ventures plans to loan about 150 iPads to hospital CEOs, chief financial officers, materials management executives and pharmacy managers in an effort to determine how mobile technology can be used to facilitate better healthcare operations and communications. "On the group purchasing piece, I'm absolutely looking at how to support our customers with information flow. It might be a purchasing manager on the floor talking to a doctor and he would be able to punch up the contract information he needs to make a purchasing decision," said Lee Perlman, president of GNYHA Ventures.
Full story; Modern Healthcare; 5/3/10

Mercy exec taps local successes in job at parent firm
Steven Mickus is assuming the role of Catholic Healthcare Partners chief operating officer, a job that opened when former Catholic Healthcare Partners top executive A. David Jimenez retired last month. As Catholic Healthcare's chief operating officer, Mr. Mickus is overseeing operations for Ohio's largest healthcare system.
Full story;; 5/2/10

April 2010

Carolinas HealthCare shuffles execs
Carolinas HealthCare System has made several changes among its administrative personnel, promoting Phyllis Wingate-Jones to division president of Carolinas Medical Center-NorthEast in Concord and also giving her responsibility for operations at Carolinas Medical Center-University.
Full story; Charlotte Business Journal; 4/30/10

Mercy Hospital expansion adds helipad
The completion of a $32 million emergency department at Mercy Hospital enables the use of a helipad at the South Buffalo hospital for the first time in more than a decade. Mercy is part of the Catholic Health System.
Full story; Business First of Buffalo; 4/30/10

With St. Jude, NIH in hand, Computable Genomix targeting drug makers
St. Jude will help Computable Genomix market GeneIndexer as a viable product, especially in the pharmaceutical market. GeneIndexer could benefit drug researchers in isolating which genes control the proteins that are the cause of different diseases.
Full story; Memphis Business Journal; 4/30/10

Deals signed ahead of Marin hospital turnover
The Marin Healthcare District, which will regain control of Marin General Hospital in less than nine weeks, has negotiated $60 million in loans from Union Bank and signed a host of other contracts to see it through the transition.
Full story; San Francisco Business Times; 4/30/10

Kettering Health Network awarded for quality
KHN received the Governor's Award or Platinum Level Award from Ohio Partnership for Excellence, a state entity of the Baldrige National Quality Program.
Full story; Dayton Business Journal; 4/30/10

Local hospitals seeing pink
BayCare Health System is coming off its strongest year yet. Other Florida hospitals are also doing well.
Full story; Tampa Bay Business Journal; 4/30/10

Ascension hospitals get $2.4M in stimulus
Three Ascension Health hospitals have been awarded $2.4 million in federal stimulus money to expand research programs that address disparities in cancer care, particularly for minority patients and those living in rural communities.
Full story; St. Louis Business Journal; 4/30/10

Catholic Healthcare West to provide medical directors for CVS clinics in Phoenix
The arrangement will allow Catholic Healthcare West to expand its development of electronic medical records in this kind of ambulatory setting for family illnesses, as well as integrate patients into a medical home.
Full story; HealthLeaders Media; 4/30/10

Cleveland Clinic's 8th annual minority men's health fair draws 1,500 participants
Dr. Charles Modlin, director of Minority Men's Health Center at the Cleveland Clinic, started the yearly event in 2003 and holds weekly health clinics at the Cleveland Clinic.
Full story;; 4/29/10

Could streamlining medical billing save $7 billion a year?
A team from Massachusetts General Hospital and its physicians organization examined the time and costs associated with the third-party billing system used in the U.S. and calculated that streamlining its typical administrative inefficiencies could save four hours per week for doctors, five hours for support staff and a total of $7 billion per year.
Full story; The Wall Street Journal; 4/29/10

When less is more
Five of Premier's largest Catholic health-system members across the country agreed to form the Catholic Contracting Group (CCG), a strategic alliance to aggregate and leverage purchasing volume.
Full story; The Journal of Healthcare Contracting; 4/29/10

The doctors at Mercy Medical Center will see you soon
Thousands of people came and stood in lines that snaked around the grounds of the new Mercy Medical Center waiting patiently to get a tour of the new facility.
Full story; Merced Sun-Star; 4/26/10

Moffitt Cancer Center gets $2.8 million grant for Project Quit
The study will involve about 2,000 cigarette smokers who want information on how to quit smoking. Smokers who sign up for the study will receive different booklets through the mail.
Full story; Tampa Bay Business Journal; 4/28/10

Tri-County Hospital headed to dry ground
Tri-County Memorial Hospital will be relocated and rebuilt following a settlement agreement with federal agencies. The hospital, part of the TLC Health Network, was evacuated last August following severe flooding.
Full story; Business First of Buffalo; 4/27/10

Cleveland Clinic promotes two executives
Spurred by federal health reform, the Cleveland Clinic has promoted two executives to roles that will focus on better integrating the health system's network of hospitals and promoting quality of care.
Full story; MedCity news; 4/27/10

Children's Medical Center Dallas, Texas Health Resources hospitals can now share records electronically
Young patients rushed to Children's Medical Center Dallas from any one of the 13 local hospitals owned by Texas Health Resources now will have their health records instantly uploaded with the click of a mouse.
Full story; Dallas Morning News via HealthLeaders Media; 4/28/10

Park Nicollet rolls out an online diagnosis service
Minnesota-based Park Nicollet Health Services will start diagnosing minor health problems such as bladder infections and allergies online using special technology.
Full story; Minneapolis Star Tribune via HealthLeaders Media; 4/28/10

Children's Medical Center Dallas plans pediatric outpatient facility
Children's Medical Center Dallas is expected to announce it will spend $21 million to build a 34,000-square-foot outpatient specialty center on 10 acres.
Full story; Dallas Morning News via HealthLeaders Media; 4/26/10

Nemours and Wolfson children's hospitals earn accreditation
The Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons has granted accreditation to the joint Pediatric Cancer Program of Nemours Children's Clinic and Wolfson Children's Hospital.
Full story; Jacksonville Business Journal; 4/26/10

Florida Hospital's 172-acre Health Village moving ahead
Florida Hospital's new health village will bring with it many new jobs and medical and residential space.
Full story; Orlando Business Journal; 4/23/10

Business group backs Adventist HealthCare hospital plan
Adventist HealthCare has received a vote of confidence from area business leaders. The business leaders have sent a letter to Maryland hospital regulators in support of Adventist HealthCare's hospital plan for Clarksburg.
Full story; Washington Business Journal; 4/22/10

A look at Vanderbilt Medical Center's expansion
Leaders of Vanderbilt Medical Center discuss how they have survived these tough economic times and positioned their team to be ready for uncompensated care.
Full story; Nashville Business Journal; 4/23/10

Healthcare providers experiment with lump-sum pricing
Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian in Newport Beach will begin charging lump-sum fees for hip and knee replacements.
Full story; Los Angeles Times; 4/24/10

Can't drive 55
Palmetto Health, Norton Healthcare, St. John's Health System and Blair Child's, senior vice president with Premier, comment on the new healthcare reform law. A slew of newly proposed quality measures have providers clamoring for clarification and wondering about the burdens that additional reporting requirements may place on their organizations.
Full story (subscription required); Modern Healthcare; 4/26/10

SSM Health Care gets $16.M in tax-exempt bonds
SSM Health Care will use the funds to assist with various hospital construction projects. The work that is underway has also brought the addition of many new jobs.
Full story; St. Louis Business Journal; 4/22/10

North Shore-LIJ, EPA Sign Pact on Green Initiatives
North Shore-LIJ Health System and the Environmental Protection Agency used Thursday's Earth Day celebrations to sign a five-year agreement on wide-ranging environmental stewardship programs.
Full story; HealthLeaders Media; 4/23/10

MSHA earns national green award for reprocessing
Mountain States Health Alliance is dedicated to becoming the green healthcare system of Tennessee and recently formalized those efforts into a program called Mountain States Earth Care. This program works to identify and implement sustainable efforts inside the healthcare system and then sharing those results throughout all its facilities in Tennessee and Virginia.
Full story; Mountain States Health Alliance; 4/23/10

Top 25 minority executives in healthcare 2010
Hospital CEOs from Catholic Healthcare West, Carondelet Health Network, New York City Health and Hospitals Corp. and Battle Creek Health System are named among the top minority executives by Modern Healthcare.
Full story; Modern Healthcare; 4/22/10

Norton joins national network of cancer centers
Norton Cancer Institute is one of 14 new sites chosen to join a national network of community-based cancer centers. The program's goals include reducing healthcare disparities for individuals with cancer.
Full story; Business First of Louisville; 4/21/10

Construction of new Smyth County Community Hospital to begin
Mountain States Health Alliance says with a total of 150,373 square feet, the new, four-story hospital will also feature 14 inpatient rehab beds, an 11-room emergency department, and three operating rooms.
Full story; Mountain States Health Alliance; 4/21/10

Cleveland Clinic Florida is expanding
In May, Cleveland Clinic plans to start construction on a 9,750-square-foot expansion of its offices in West Palm Beach's CityPlace Tower.
Full story; South Florida Business Journal; 4/21/10

Tufts Medical Center and a marketing lesson
Tufts Medical Center has always stayed true to its confusingly named children's hospital, Floating Hospital for Children. By partnering with two suburban hospitals and launching two coinciding ad campaigns, Tufts increased brand awareness and consumer preference.
Full story; HealthLeaders Media; 4/21/10

1-year-old SSM St. Clare plans $4.8M expansion
The new SSM St. Clare inpatient wing will be located in a space on the hospital's fifth floor that was built in the original construction so the hospital could expand quickly, if needed, and with minimal disruption to surrounding patients.
Full story; St. Louis Business Journal; 4/20/10

Baptist Health System's new West Kendall hospital will be complete in about a year
Baptist Health officials say new hospital may open in Spring of 2011. Area residents say it can't come soon enough.
Full story; Miami Herald; 4/20/10

Catholic Healthcare Partners pledges more minority spending
Michael Connelly, president and CEO of Cincinnati-based Catholic Healthcare Partners, says CHP has been doubling its minority spend every year and by 2012 will be at 10 percent.
Full story; Business Courier; 4/19/10

Cleveland Clinic launches mobile website for smartphones
The Clinic's new mobile site will allow users to search for doctors by name, location or department, obtain general information such as hours, parking options and directions.
Full story; Med City News; 4/20/10

Aurora eyes Richfield for next hospital
Aurora Health Care is considering a 50 acre site as a possible future location for another hospital.
Full story; The Business Journal of Milwaukee; 4/16/10

Vanderbilt's MyHealth system gives patients access to health records
Vanderbilt Medical Center's health portal began as an avenue for patients to send messages to doctors with whom they had appointments. It expanded later to include lab results, online bill payment, health tips and more.
Full story; HealthLeaders Media; 4/19/10

Baptist Healthcare opens on-site clinic for Appriss workers
The clinic is part of a broader initiative by Baptist Healthcare System that aims to tailor healthcare needs to employers and help control their healthcare costs.
Full story; Business First of Louisville; 4/16/10

Combination of UCH, Adventist could shake up the landscape
A proposed merger between University Community Health and Adventist Health System would change the road map for healthcare services in the Tampa Bay area. Adventist would become the number three player in the market.
Full story; Tampa Bay Business Journal; 4/16/10

Hard-fought new hospital could be coming to Irmo
Palmetto Health might soon win its long battle to build Parkridge Hospital in Irmo. Residents in Irmo recently received an update in the mail. The notice shows a shovel in a pile of dirt and this headline: "Are you wondering why we haven't broken ground for your hospital?"
Full story; Columbia Free Times; 4/14/10

Methodist announces affiliation with hospital in Botswana
Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare entered into an affiliation agreement with Bokamoso Private Hospital in Gaborone, Botswana and assisted in developing policies and procedures, clinical protocols and other requirements for optimum hospital operations. A 200-bed acute care hospital, Bokamoso Private Hospital was opened on January 11, 2010, by OR International LLC, a hospital development and management company.
Full story; Methodist Healthcare Web site; 4/13/10

New surgery center part of JCMCís update plan
A new, $65 million inpatient surgical center will be constructed at Johnson City Medical Center, creating a new venue for cutting-edge procedures. The new, 16-room surgical center will replace the current 15 rooms housed in the core of JCMC. Because of the difficulty of updating the existing rooms due to infrastructure and size restrictions, Mountain States Health Alliance officials decided to build the new center onto the southwest side of the hospital.
Full story; Mountain States Health Alliance Web site; 4/13/10

Hospital among tops in several categories
FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospitalís cardiac and orthopedic programs received high praise in recent statewide hospital rankings released by Business North Carolina magazine.
Full story; The Pilot; 4/14/10

Three benefits loom in hospital merger
When your local newspaper is one of a chain, or single-owner group of newspapers, it doesnít feel so much like a hometown newspaper anymore. Readers know some decisions will be made out of town. Does the same attitude apply to the changed status of a local hospital? Rainy Atkins, chief operating officer of Southwest Health System, believes the outcome will be positive if the system affiliates with PeaceHealth, based at Bellevue.
Full story; The Columbian; 4/14/10

Medical Center receives accreditation honors
The Medical Center at Bowling Green received a full cycle three accreditation for chest pain. This makes The Medical Center the 40th accredited chest pain center in the nation and the only hospital in south central Kentucky accredited with PCI.
Full story; WBKO; 4/13/10

Hospital lauds Hope for lifesaving actions
Deonte Hope almost didn't stop. The Riverside Shore Memorial Hospital emergency room technician had just finished his first shift back at work after having surgery a week earlier. He was tired and ready to go home to Bloxom. When he passed by a van that had stopped in the middle of Hospital Road and saw a woman screaming into a cell phone while two others along the roadside nearby were clearly distressed, the 20-year-old initially kept driving. But when he reevaluated the scene, he went back.
Full story; The Daily Times; 4/14/10

Methodist, University of Tennessee to develop Memphis sickle cell center
A coalition of city, community and healthcare leaders announced a $5 million effort to start a center for the treatment of adult sickle cell. The Comprehensive Sickle Cell Center of Memphis is a joint program between Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare and the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. More participants are planned, according to a news release.
Full story; Memphis Business Journal; 4/13/10

SSM St. Clare Health Center raises $2.6 million
SSM St. Clare Health Center said Tuesday it has raised $2.6 million, surpassing its three-year campaign goal of $2.5 million. The 154-bed Fenton hospital, which replaced SSM St. Joseph Hospital of Kirkwood, celebrated its one-year birthday March 30.
Full story; St. Louis Business Journal; 4/13/10

Large healthcare purchaser takes leap into ACOs
The California Public Employees' Retirement System agrees to work with Catholic Healthcare West and others to coordinate patient care. They have learned a lot in just 3 months.
Full story; HealthLeaders Media; 4/8/10

Levy tells hospitalists to focus on values, not health reform debate
Paul Levy, president and CEO of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, tells doctors to ignore healthcare reform debate and to focus on why they became doctors in the first place.
Full story; HealthLeaders Media; 4/12/10

Aurora funds new research chair at UWM
Aurora Health Care Foundation has partnered with the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee to establish a new research chair. In honor of G. Edwin Howe, Aurora's founder, the Foundation has funded the Howe Chair for Healthcare Transformation at UWM. The chair's intent is to develop expertise in the healthcare transformation field.
Full story; The Business Journal of Milwaukee; 4/12/10

TriHealth's new leadership team set to enact plan
TriHealth adds several team members at executive and director levels. The range of expertise positions TriHealth well to carry out its strategic plan, which involves expanding its range of services and its geography while sticking to the focus of quality care.
Full story; Business Courier of Cincinnati; 4/9/10

Getting in front of reform
Catholic Healthcare West is one of several healthcare organizations that helped shape the reform package that finally wriggled its way into law late last month.
Full story; San Francisco Business Times; 4/9/10

Coalition aims to slow rise in healthcare costs
Aurora Health Care, Cleveland Clinic and others are helping try to change the way doctors and hospitals are paid. They want the focus to be quality, not quantity.
Full story; Milwaukee Journal Sentinel; 4/10/10

New Aurora, Columbia St. Mary's hospitals on track
Officials with Aurora Health Care, which will open an 89-bed, $184 million hospital in late 2010, and Columbia St. Mary's, a 513-bed hospital in Milwaukee in October, say both projects are on schedule.
Full story; The Business Journal of Milwaukee; 4/9/10

Northern California already innovating healthcare
Adventist Health and Catholic Healthcare West are working on a couple of pilot projects to improve healthcare quality while cutting costs.
Full story; San Francisco Business Times; 4/9/10

Knapp, Valley Baptist hospitals to merge
The move should mean more efficient healthcare for consumers as the organizations combine resources.
Full story; The Monitor; 4/6/10

Access to affordable care vital
CEO of Catholic Healthcare West says new healthcare legislation addresses the real problems in our health care system: too many people without coverage and the high cost of care for all.
Full story; The Las Vegas Sun; 4/9/10

$25 million children's hospital upgrade planned
Officials with Memorial Health say the project includes a consolidation and upgrade of its children's hospital and outpatient center.
Full story;; 4/8/10

Cleveland Clinic picks new leader for $1.25 billion fundraising campaign
The Cleveland Clinic has wooed and won a heavy hitter in the world of major philanthropic campaigns from the University of Pennsylvania Medical School. Armando Chardiet will become the Clinic's Institutional Relations and Development chairman.
Full story; Med City News; 4/8/10

Carolinas HealthCare System expands hospital
Carolinas Medical Center-Pineville will add a 114-bed patient tower, a maternity-center expansion and the addition of a surgical unit.
Full story; Charlotte Business Journal; 4/7/10

St. Vincent's votes to close hospital in Manhattan
The exact timing for the closing of St. Vincent's Hospital Manhattan, which has about 400 inpatient beds, was not immediately clear, but the process of shutting down has already begun.
Full story; The New York Times via HealthLeaders Media; 4/7/10

Bluefield hospital board agrees to sell facility to Community Health Systems
Board Chairman R.E. Perkinson Jr. says the deal will enable the hospital to maintain healthcare in the area.
Full story; The Associated Press via WHNT News; 4/1/10

Children's hospital piloting new iPad app
The Walt Disney Pavilion at Florida Hospital for Children is piloting a new iPad application using interactive video to explain common medical procedures such as CT scans and MRIs to patients.
Full story; Orlando Business Journal; 4/6/10

Frank Gehry, Cleveland Clinic team up to create a new Las Vegas facility
Architect Frank Gehry stands in front of his most recent creation, the $100 million Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in Las Vegas. It is a research and treatment facility for such neurological disorders as Alzheimer's, Huntington's, Parkinson's and ALS.
Full story; The Washington Post; 4/6/10

Football stars again turn out for Golf Classic
Annual Golf Classic benefiting Niswonger Children's Hospital will again be a place where football stars come to play on June 28. The Mountain States Foundation organizes the event.
Full story; Mountain States Health Alliance; 4/6/10

Seattle OKs Children's Hospital expansion
The Seattle City Council has approved Seattle Children's Hospital's plan to expand in the upscale Laurelhurst neighborhood by adding 350 beds in four phases over the next 20 years.
Full story; Puget Sound Business Journal; 4/5/10

Morton Plant Hospital begins $25 million Axelrod Pavilion
The project broke ground March 30, and construction is expected to wrap up in May 2011. The Axelrod Pavilion will house an expanded Susan Cheek Needler Breast Center, which provides diagnostic breast imaging and intervention services.
Full story; Tampa Bay Business Journal; 4/5/10

Construction starts on Adventist's new headquarters
Construction will begin immediately on the first phase of the more than 20-acre site, with completion expected in about 18 months. Approximately 260 employees, many of whom currently work in two offices owned by Adventist in Winter Park, Florida, will move to the new facility when it is complete.
Full story; MSN; 4/5/10

Former Army chief joins trauma team at MSHA
Dr. Christoph Robert Kaufmann, MD, MPH, FACS, a native of Switzerland, has joined Mountain States Trauma Services as medical director of trauma and acute care surgery services.
Full story; Mountain States Health Alliance; 4/5/10

Carle Clinic Association purchase seeks to improve continuum of care
The Carle Foundation in Urbana, IL, has purchased the Carle Clinic Association and its assets, including Health Alliance Medical Plans, for $250 million.
Full story; HealthLeaders Media; 4/2/10

Florida Hospital expands neonatal unit
Florida Hospital for Children is adding 20 private neonatal intensive care unit rooms, bringing the total number of beds to 81.
Full story; Orlando Business Journal; 4/1/10

New CEO named for Mercy Health Partners NEPA
John Starcher, CEO of Catholic Healthcare Partners Eastern Division, has announced the promotion of Kevin Cook to president and CEO of Mercy Health Partners Northeastern Pennsylvania.
Full story; The Abington Journal; 4/1/10

Pediatric cardiology telemedicine offers needed care to infants
Southeastern Regional Medical Center's pediatric cardiology telemedicine program offers prompt care for babies in need.
Full story;; 4/1/10

March 2010

Adventist and Tampa group explore merger
By joining Winter Park-based Adventist Health System, Tampa Bay-based University Community Health would increase access to physicians and medical specialists.
Full story; Orlando Business Journal; 3/31/10

St. Luke's says no to nicotine users
St. Luke's Hospital & Health Network will begin screening job applicants for nicotine starting May 1, as part of its routine pre-employment drug screening. Those candidates who test positive will not be hired, but they can test again in six months to be reconsidered.
Full story;; 3/31/10

Baystate Health improves recruiting productivity with resume mirror software
By collecting job applicant data automatically from candidate resumes, recruiters now have centralized and complete resume and contact data to help identify and hire the best available healthcare workers for their facilities.
Full story; PR Web; 3/31/10

St. Joe's to shift pediatric cases to Phoenix Children's
It's not quite a merger, but more of a strategic alliance where St. Joseph's Hospital's parent, San Francisco-based Catholic Healthcare West, will have a minority interest in PCH.
Full story; Phoenix Business Journal; 3/31/10

Saint Louise hospital names interim CFO
Saint Louise Regional Hospital named Nicole Thompson interim chief financial officer.
Full story; Silicon Valley / San Jose Business Journal; 3/30/10

Mission driven, financially strong
Banner Health, Parkland Health and others share the lessons they have learned to help with cost cutting measures.
Full story; HealthLeaders Media; 3/31/10

SSM St. Mary's Health Center starts $7M overhaul
The outside facelift will complement recent interior renovations, including an expanded emergency room with a dedicated chest pain center.
Full story; St. Louis Business Journal; 3/29/10

Top 100 hospitals thrive even in economic downturn
Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospital national benchmark study identifies hospitals that are thriving when it comes to cost and quality care. Geisinger Medical Center and Gaston Memorial Hospital named among the winners.
Full story; Healthcare Finance News; 3/29/10

Westmoreland Hospital ER renovation begins
The expansion of Westmoreland Hospital's emergency department began on Monday. The project is expected to last 9 months and includes adding on an additional 3,400 square feet according to Excela Health.
Full story; Pittsburgh Business Times; 3/29/10

Hospital opens sleep medicine program
Milton Hospital, an affiliate of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, has entered a partnership with Sleep HealthCenters to develop a sleep medicine program. Officials say the moves comes in response to increased awareness about how sleep deficiencies impact health.
Full story; HealthLeaders Media; 3/29/10

Healthcare legislation scrutinized
Leader of Mercy Health Partners says payment reform is still needed and discusses the reasons why.
Full story;; 3/28/10

Olive Branch hospital verdict could arrive in coming weeks
A decision on Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare's request to build a hospital in the Memphis area known as Olive Branch may still be a couple of months away. Construction could begin in 2011.
Full story; The Commercial Appeal; 3/28/10

Mount Sinai climbs to profits
Mount Sinai's management and doctors engineered its financial turnaround by attracting more patients who underwent cardiac surgery and more patients from commercial insurance and Medicare, and boosting patient volume in its emergency rooms and outpatient centers.
Full story; South Florida Business Journal; 3/26/10

SW Washington Health System, suitor have shared vision
Southwest and PeaceHealth have much in common including shared values and a mission for delivering high-quality medical care.
Full story; The Columbian; 3/28/10

Holy Cross and Mercy Hospitals announce staff promotions
After leading Holy Cross Hospital in Fort Lauderdale and Mercy Hospital in Miami to the top five percent in the nation for clinical excellence, John C. Johnson has been named to a new regional position where he will assume responsibilities for more Catholic Health East hospitals that also will enable him to remain actively involved in the growth and development of both Holy Cross and Mercy.
Full story; PR Web; 3/24/10

Carolinas hospitals look for savings from healthcare reform
Hospital officials are still sorting out how the landmark legislation will affect their operations. Charlotte-based Carolinas HealthCare System ó which owns, operates or manages 32 hospitals ó says its costs for charity care, discounts for uninsured and bad debt costs totaled $177 million in 2008. (Totals for 2009 arenít yet available.) It provided free or discounted care to nearly 216,000 patients.
Full story; Charlotte Business Journal; 3/26/10

Stroke centers ahead for Medina, Lewiston
Two more area hospitals are expected to receive state approval as designated stroke centers in early April. The State Department of Health has recommended approvals for Medina Memorial Health Care Facility and Mount St. Mary Hospital and Health Center into the state stroke center program. The State Hospital Review & Planning Council are expected to accept the recommendations at its April 8 meeting. Currently, Niagara Falls Memorial Hospital is the only hospital in Niagara, Orleans or Genesee counties designated in the state program. Adding Medina and Mount St. Mary expands options for patients suffering from stroke symptoms.
Full story; Business First of Buffalo; 3/25/10

MSHA statement on healthcare reform vote
CEO of Mountain States Health Alliance says it is difficult to tell just how the healthcare legislation passed by the U.S. House of Representatives will eventually impact hospitals and patients on the local level.
Full story; Mountain States Health Alliance; 3/22/10

Cleveland Clinic earns honor as most ethical company
Cleveland's famous healthcare provider was one of only two non-profit health systems named this year. Premier is also on the list.
Full story; The Cleveland Leader; 3/24/10

Cost of healthcare reform concerns some health leaders
Baystate Health and other hospitals in Massachusetts respond to healthcare reform. The federal government plans to finance the reforms though taxes on high-cost health plans, a Medicare payroll tax on capital gains, dividends and interest income, fees on the healthcare industry, flexible spending accounts and $500 billion in savings from the expected growth of the Medicare systems over 10 years. That has some concerned.
Full story; The Republican; 3/23/10

St. Mary's Medical Center to start $22.75M cancer center project
St. Mary's, part of Catholic Healthcare West, says there are not enough radiation therapy services in San Francisco to meet the growing need for such services.
Full story; San Francisco Business Times; 3/23/10

Bon Secours Charity Health System appoints Philip Patterson as CEO
Patterson will lead the strategy, operations and performance of BSCHS, which includes accountability for three acute care hospitals.
Full story; PRNewswire; 3/22/10

East Morgan County Hospital wins six Banner awards
East Morgan County Hospital helps lead Banner Health with respect to superior outcomes, clinical quality indicators, patient satisfaction, productivity measures and engagement of staff.
Full story; The Fort Morgan Times; 3/22/10

Florida Hospital hires doctors for heart transplant program
Adventist Health Care System's Florida Hospital received state approval in August 2008 to launch a heart transplant program. Florida Hospital also received state backing to begin lung transplants.
Full story; Orlando Business Journal; 3/22/10

Summa Health System plans $65 million emergency services growth
The plan includes the development of free-standing 24/7 emergency departments including one on the Summa Health Center at Lake Medina campus that is currently under construction.
Full story; HealthLeaders Media; 3/22/10

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center chief urges more cost oversight
Hospital leader says Massachusetts regulators should more closely oversee hospital costs, including setting prices, and limiting new programs that make money for hospitals but drive up overall costs.
Full story; The Boston Globe via Health Leaders Media; 3/22/10

Columbia primary care practice receives highest designation
Palmetto Health Family Medicine Center is the first primary care practice in South Carolina to be recognized by the National Committee for Quality Assurance as a Level-III Patient-Centered Medical Home.
Full story; Columbia Regional Business Report; 3/16/10

Gaston hospital adds region's 4th full-fledged trauma center
Set for a summer opening, the trauma center will be the 13th in North Carolina and the fourth in the Charlotte region. It will offer a higher level of care within the emergency room department.
Full story; Charlotte Observer; 3/22/10

Mercy Health Partners readies for role as health giant
Mercy Health Partners is now taking a leading role in the greater Cincinnati hospital market. With the addition of Jewish Hospital, the group now has the highest market share.
Full story; Business Courier of Cincinnati; 3/19/10

New guidelines aim to prevent unnecessary death from thoracic aortic disease
"If thoracic aortic disease can be detected early and managed, it gives us the opportunity to select patients for surgical or endovascular repair when the patient is stable," says Loren Hiratzka, M.D., who chaired the guidelines writing committee and is the medical director of cardiac surgery for TriHealth.
Full story; American College of Cardiology; 3/16/10

Cleveland Clinic program linking chronic-disease patients directly to doctors shows success
The project found a significant change in the average number of days between doctor's office visits for diabetic and hypertensive patients, who were able to increase the number of days between appointments by 71 percent and 26 percent, respectively.
Full story; The Plain Dealer via; 3/16/10

Robotic surgery catches on
A doctor with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center says most patients prefer a robot when is comes to surgery. But what about the costs?
Full story; The Charlotte Observer; 3/15/10

Hospital partnership could speed up diagnosis of infectious diseases
Kettering Medical Center expects a partnership with an infectious disease diagnostic company to improve patient care and save the hospital money through more rapid diagnoses.
Full story; Dayton Daily News; 3/12/10

Making women's health work
With a competitor already distinguishing itself in the market based on birthing amenities, Carolinas Health System decided to brand its obstetrics services around quality instead of immediately rushing a new women's hospital.
Full story; HealthLeaders Media; 3/16/10

Detroit Medical Center announces healthcare partnerships
Detroit Medical Center's Children's Hospital of Michigan has established new agreements with Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital and Hurley Medical Center to expand pediatric surgical expertise at these two hospitals.
Full story; HealthLeaders Media; 3/15/10

Pulling back the curtain on the high costs
Northeast Health considers merging with other hospitals in order to trim healthcare costs.
Full story; The Business Review - Albany; 3/12/10

Breaking the bottleneck
Heartland Health tracks its progress for admission and transfers on a score card. The goal is to streamline each process.
Full story; HealthLeaders Media; 3/15/10

Researchers at Henry Ford offer new hope to vitiligo patients
In a unique study at Henry Ford Hospital, researchers have shown that skin transplant surgery is safe and effective for treating vitiligo.
Full story; Henry Ford Health System; 3/9/10

Group lauds four females who've reached the stars
Katherine Guthrie, regional director of cancer care services for Catholic Healthcare West in its Central Coast Service area, said she goes about her work to improve cancer care and the lives of cancer patients without the expectation of being recognized with an award.
Full story; Santa Maria Times; 3/11/10

Adventist Health partners with Blue Shield
Adventist Health, Blue Shield of California and The California Health Care Coalition have entered into a unique partnership bringing together a health system, a health plan, and large group purchasers to launch the Hospital Quality Improvement pilot.
Full story; Adventist Health; 3/10/10

Summa Health System plans $65 million emergency services network growth
"With the significant expansion of our tertiary hospital emergency department and Level 1 trauma center, supported by a community hospital and free-standing emergency departments, we're able to give our communities the best access to the emergency medical care they need," says Thomas Strauss, president and CEO, Summa Health System.
Full story;; 3/10/10

Hendrick Health Center honored with Gallup Great Workplace Award
"We are extremely pleased with the announcement of this prestigious award," said Tim Lancaster, president and CEO of Hendrick. "To be recognized four years in a row as one of the best places to work in the world is simply outstanding."
Full story; Hendrick Health System; 3/10/10

After surgery, shoulder movement may not be up to par
The director of the Herrick Davis Motion Analysis Lab at Henry Ford Hospital discusses a recent study that found shoulder motion may be not be what it used to be after surgery.
Full story; Los Angeles Times; 3/8/10

St. Jude's Research Hospital among most trusted non-profit
One of the most critical elements of a non-profit's brand name is trust. Therefore, it is no surprise that many of the most trusted non-profits also achieve the highest overall brand equity scores. Cleveland Clinic also is on the most trusted list.
Full story; Harris Interactive; 3/4/10

Carolinas HealthCare System nets $470M in 2009
The Charlotte-based healthcare system continued to grow despite a difficult economy. It added services, expanded its facilities and its physician network, and signed new management contracts in 2009.
Full story; Charlotte Business Journal; 3/9/10

St. Luke's Hospital workers among happiest
Employees at St. Luke's Hospital are among of the happiest healthcare workers in the nation, according to a recent survey. St. Luke's ranked third in overall job satisfaction.
Full story; St. Louis Business Journal; 3/9/10

Western Massachusetts hospitals offer Rx for job development
Baystate Health and others are training those who need jobs now for careers in healthcare.
Full story; The Republican Editorials via; 3/9/10

MSHA increases focus on being green
Mountain States Earth Care is a new program focused on identifying and growing "green" efforts inside the healthcare system. From the construction of the new hospitals to recycling on patient floors, Mountain States Earth Care will serve as an umbrella program guiding all of the organization's environmentally friendly initiatives.
Full story; Mountain States Health Alliance; 3/8/10

St. Elizabeth sells TransCare
The deal is expected to result in expanded emergency medical services in northern Kentucky. The goal is to keep TransCare's strong team intact.
Full story; Business Courier of Cincinnati; 3/8/10

Baystate Medical Center retains magnet designation
Baystate Medical Center has once again been designated a Magnet hospital for excellence in nursing services. The recognition means the hospital has been Magnet-certified since 2005.
Full story; Gannett Healthcare Group via Nurse Week; 3/8/10

Doctors give back, learn at clinic
TriHealth facility teaches new physicians essential skills while also helping people in the community. The teaching clinic handled 27,149 visits last year.
Full story;; 3/5/10

U of L Hospital wins stroke care award
The University of Louisville Hospital has been recognized for its commitment and success in treating stroke patients according to nationally accepted care standards and recommendations.
Full story; Business First of Louisville; 3/5/10

Alexian Brothers and Bon Secours win best place to work award
The health systems will receive the 2010 Gallup Great Workplace Award at a gala during the Gallup Summit 2010. The award is based on the most rigorous workplace research ever conducted.
Full story; Gallup via; 3/8/10

Geisinger executive discusses Global Location Number Sunrise
Deborah Templeton, vice president of supply-chain services for Geisinger Health System, says there's still time to prepare hospitals for Global Location Number Sunrise. The healthcare industry is reaching the first milestone in this effort that will inaugurate consistent, global standards to reduce costs, improve operations and better serve patients.
Full story (subscription required); Modern Healthcare; 3/8/10

State approves $200 million makeover for Bon Secours DePaul hospital
The hospital will have an intensive care unit, obstetrical unit, full service emergency department and an advanced imaging center. The 300,000 square foot, $200 million facility should be completed in late 2014.
Full story;; 3/5/10

Hospitals reverse policy on children visitors
Visitors age 18 and under were banned from Gaston Memorial Hospital, Cleveland Regional Medical Center, Kings Mountain Hospital and Carolinas Medical Center-Lincoln in fall 2009. The restrictions were put in place because of the rapidly spreading swine flu. Now those policies have been lifted.
Full story; The Star; 3/3/10

Kelley School of Business to honor Methodist CEO
Michael Bryant, president and chief executive officer of Methodist Health in Peoria, Illinois, will be among those honored for professional achievement.
Full story; Indiana University via Newswise; 3/4/10

Major expansion of Sequoia Hospital set to begin
Catholic Healthcare West hired an Arizona-based construction group to start construction in April on a 148,000-square-foot pavilion that will be attached to the existing hospital.
Full story;; 3/4/10

One year celebration held at Niswonger Children's Hospital
Dennis Vonderfecht, president and CEO of Mountain States Health Alliance, the parent company of Niswonger Children's Hospital, says the hospital is making an important difference to the children and parents of the region.
Full story; Mountain States Health Alliance; 3/2/10

Emory, Children's Healthcare to build $90M pediatric center
Emory University and Children's Healthcare of Atlanta will build a $90 million research center that could elevate metro Atlanta to the top tier of pediatric research.
Full story; The Atlanta Journal-Constitution; 3/2/10

TriHealth named best for women execs
The National Association for Female Executives includes TriHealth hospital system among others as being the best for executive women.
Full story; bizjournals via MSN; 3/2/10

Inside Baystate's cardiovascular rehab & wellness program
Baystate rehab center offers patients the exercise equipment and guidance they need, but with trained medical professionals always on hand if something goes wrong.
Full story; Business West online; 3/1/10

Cleveland Clinic and Microsoft partner up for promising pilot program
The use of at-home medical devices to connect doctors and patients via the Internet can help patients and their physicians work more efficiently together to manage chronic conditions, according to research at Cleveland Clinic.
Full story; PRNewswire; 3/1/10

At Bon Secours female executives excel
The Richmond arm of Bon Secours Virginia Health System and the Virginia Commonwealth University Health System have been named to a list of top 10 nonprofit companies for female executives.
Full story; Richmond Times; 3/2/10

West Penn reports $2.7M revenue gain
Improving investment returns helped West Penn Allegheny Health System turn profits for the three and six month periods ending December 31 compared to a year ago.
Full story; Pittsburgh Business Times; 3/1/10

Toshiba Classic golf tournament benefits Hoag Memorial
The seven-day PGA Tour event generates millions of dollars for the local economy and raises about $1 million each year for Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian.
Full story; Daily Pilot; 3/1/10

Mercy completes buy of Jewish Hospital
After months of negotiating and navigating through controversy, Mercy Health Partners has completed its $180 million acquisition of Jewish Hospital in Kenwood.
Full story; Business Courier of Cincinnati; 3/1/10

February 2010

Researchers at Henry Ford Hospital study vitamin B3 treatment for stroke patients
Henry Ford Hospital researchers investigate the effects of an extended-release form of niacin on stroke patients. Henry Ford is the only site nationally conducting such a study.
Full story; Henry Ford Health System; 2/24/10

Drastic surgery opens door to a normal life
A young boy recently underwent a procedure at the Cleveland Clinic known as a hemispherectomy. By removing the abnormal portions of his brain that had been constantly misfiring, doctors were trying to provide the infant with a permanent reprieve from frequent seizures that medications couldn't stop.
Full story;; 2/28/10

Mountain States Health Alliance PR executive joins Tennessee healthcare marketing group
Ed Herbert has been named president of the Tennessee Society for Healthcare Marketing and Public Relations for 2010. Herbert, who is the vice president of Communications and Marketing for Mountain States Health Alliance, was elected to the volunteer position recently at the organization's annual conference.
Full story; Mountain States Health Alliance; 2/25/10

Hospitals seek drug cost savings through 340B participation
Detroit Medical Center and others save money in the federal 340B drug-pricing program.
Full story; American Society of Health System Pharmacists; 2/25/10

New program strives to match people with new physicians
The idea for a doctor-patient match event using the speed-dating format came from Mandy Forbus, a marketing specialist with Texas Health Resources.
Full story; ABC News; 2/24/10

MSHA receives excellence award for second time
Mountain States Health Alliance was formally recognized as the recipient of a 2009 excellence award.
Full story; Mountain States Health Alliance; 2/25/10

Morton Plant North Bay Hospital doubles size
The expansion is part of a $49 million project that doubled the size of the campus and increased the number of patient beds by 25 percent to 154.
Full story; Tampa Bay Business Journal; 2/25/10

CHW increases budget to $1 billion for electronic health records
Catholic Healthcare West, says it's increasing funding for electronic health records by $419 million to just over $1 billion system wide.
Full story; San Francisco Business Times; 2/24/10

CMC to offer treatment for deadly twin syndrome
Special procedure treats a rare abnormality called twin-twin transfusion syndrome.
Full story; The Charlotte Observer; 2/23/10

Innovation is key to healthcare shift
CEO of Cleveland Clinic says changes are needed in order to move from chronic disease to chronic health.
Full story; UVa Today; 2/22/10

Levine Children's Hospital gets $5.7M for cancer research
Eight philanthropic organizations and families in the Charlotte region have committed $5.7 million to create the Carolinas Kids Cancer Research Coalition.
Full story; Charlotte Business Journal; 2/23/10

Carolinas HealthCare System launches stroke network
Network offers hospitals access to stroke-treatment experts to determine the best treatment plans and, if necessary, coordinates rapid transfer of patients to the network's two stroke centers.
Full story; Charlotte Business Journal; 2/22/10

Baptist Health to open new clinics
Three new outpatient centers will open in Coral Gables and South Miami this year.
Full story; South Florida Business Journal; 2/22/10

Five hospital leaders reveal their secrets to better patient experience
Leaders from Henry Ford Health System and Montefiore Medical Center discuss uncompensated care and the patient experience.
Full story; HealthLeaders Media; 2/22/10

Breakthrough navigator program keeps patients out of hospital
A program at Good Samaritan Hospital is helping patients who are critically ill stay out of the hospital.
Full story; WKRC-TV; 2/3/10

Methodist Charlton Medical Center physician installed as president of Dallas County Medical Society
Dr. Stephen Ozanne, the 127th president of the Dallas County Medical Society, is an orthopedic surgeon on the medical staff of Methodist Health System.
Full story; Methodist Health System; 2/18/10

TriHealth offers college courses to employees
Professors teach classes one night a week at TriHealth's offices in Avondale, part of one bachelor's degree program and one leading to a master's degree.
Full story;; 2/18/10

Cleveland Clinic chief on the business of health
The CEO of Cleveland Clinic says the secret is that regardless of what happens with healthcare reform legislation, healthcare costs are going to continue to increase.
Full story; Fortune Magazine via CNN Money; 2/18/10

SSM Health Care hospital wins design award
St. Clare Health Center has a "patient-centric" design meant to improve satisfaction and efficiency.
Full story; St. Louis Post-Dispatch; 2/18/10

Sharp Hospitals designated as Blue Distinction Centers for spine surgery
All of Sharp Healthcare's four acute-care hospitals have been selected by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of California as Blue Distinction Centers, a designation awarded to medical facilities nationwide that have demonstrated expertise in delivering quality health care in a variety of areas.
Full story; Sharp HealthCare; 2/18/10

Dog is an important part of the Alexian team
Meet Classon, a mixed breed Cocker spaniel and Welsh corgi, working at the Alexian Brothers Health System headquarters, home to more than 450 corporate employees from both Alexian Brothers Medical Center and St. Alexius Medical Center.
Full story; Daily Herald; 2/17/10

Lowe's will bring its workers to Cleveland Clinic for heart surgery
With medical costs climbing and healthcare reform stalled, Lowe's Inc. decided to shop nationally for the best deal in heart surgery for its employees, and it landed at the Cleveland Clinic.
Full story;; 2/17/10

Bon Secours hospitals named Blue Distinction Centers for orthopedic care
Bon Secours Orthopedic Institute announces that orthopedic programs at Bon Secours DePaul Medical Center, Bon Secours Maryview Medical Center and Mary Immaculate Hospital have been designated Blue Distinction Centers for spine surgery and joint replacement by Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Virginia.
Full story; Bon Secours; 2/16/10

A healthy economy depends on a healthy work force
The CEO of CaroMont Health and Gaston Memorial Hospital says to remain competitive in the global markets, we must have a healthier work force.
Full story; Gaston Gazette; 2/16/10

Methodist Charlton Medical Center earns quality respiratory care recognition
Methodist Charlton Medical Center recently earned Quality Respiratory Care Recognition under a national program aimed at helping patients and families make informed decisions about the quality of the respiratory care services available in hospitals.
Full story; Methodist Health System; 2/16/10

Patients are finding facility fees for visits to doctors
Last year, the Cleveland Clinic started billing facility fees averaging $55 for patients at outpatient facilities within a 35-mile radius of the main campus.
Full story;; 2/14/10

Baystate working to address costs
Baystate Health has implemented cost containment strategies and enhanced efficiencies while continuing to increase quality and patient outcomes.
Full story; The Republican; 2/14/10

Chandler Medical Center expansion to add 200 jobs
The Catholic Healthcare West project will bring new jobs and enlarge cardiac catheterization labs.
Full story; The Arizona Republic; 2/11/10

Cleveland Clinic's study could crack autism puzzle
A Cleveland Clinic researcher released a study that may provide some answers in the autism puzzle and information about a potential cause.
Full story; NBC via WSFA News; 2/10/10

Cleveland Clinic receives $5.4 million to continue multiple sclerosis study
The grant from the National Institutes of Health will support research that began in 1999 and will extend it another five years.
Full story; Crain's Cleveland Business; 2/10/10

New facility planned for Howard Memorial Hospital
The Frank R. Howard Foundation and Adventist Health announce they have signed a letter of intent for a new community hospital to be built in Willits, California.
Full story; Adventist Health; 2/11/10

Hospitals, legislators working on plan to fill reimbursement gap
The CEO of Mountain States Health Alliance says state funds are needed to draw down the federal matching funds that help support the TennCare program for hospitals. If these funds are not available, hospitals, communities, and TennCare enrollees will suffer.
Full story; Mountain States Health Alliance; 2/11/10

Longo named Corporate Compliance Officer for Adventist Health
Kevin Longo was promoted to assistant vice president and Corporate Compliance Officer for Adventist> Full story; Adventist Health; 2/10/10

There are big bucks in better patient flow
In the case of Missouri-based Heartland Health, improving the surgery department patient flow garnered them over $300,000 in savings in the first year.
Full story; HealthLeaders Media; 2/8/10

Carolinas HealthCare System volunteers to join navy rescue mission in Haiti
Through an agreement with the Department of the Navy, CHS is organizing volunteer groups who will spend two weeks at a time providing care to victims of the January earthquake.
Full story; PRNewswire; 2/8/10

Gaston Memorial receives state award
Gaston Memorial Hospital will receive a state award this week for its roll in raising awareness about Inclusive Health, North Carolina's high-risk insurance pool that provides health insurance for people with pre-existing conditions who have few or no coverage options.
Full story; The Charlotte Observer; 2/8/10

Pediatric hospitals find profits, growth
Carolinas Healthcare System is considering expanding Levine's Children's Hospital.
Full story; Fierce Healthcare; 2/8/10

Adventist Health builds replacement hospital
Adventist Health has committed $58 million to build a new Howard Memorial Hospital, allowing plans to proceed after six years of fundraising.
Full story;; 2/5/10

Baptist hospital forms neurology group
Baptist Health said it has merged existing neurology practices and hired new staff to form Baptist Neurology Group.
Full story; Jacksonville Business Journal; 2/5/10

Sharp Healthcare CIO discusses IT issues
William Spooner, senior VP and CIO of Sharp Healthcare will receive the 2009 John E. Gall CIO of the year award at the annual HIMSS conference in Atlanta on March 2. In a recent interview he discusses healthcare IT.
Full story; Healthcare IT News; 2/4/10

Sharp HealthCare rated top healthcare network in California
For the 12th year in a row, Sharp HealthCare has been named among the top 100 integrated healthcare networks in the nation in an annual survey. It is ranked 6th in the nation.
Full story; PRNewswire via Healthcare Industry Today; 2/3/10

CaroMont Health names new vice president of public policy and partnerships
Rowena mms has been appointed as the Vice President of Public Policy and Partnerships at CaroMont Health. The new leadership role is part of a re-alignment of the organization's management structure.
Full story; CaroMont Health; 2/4/10

Mountain States donation to bolster nursing program
Mountain States Health Alliance's $450,000 donation to the Virginia Appalachia ricollege Nursing Program allows them to grow their our own talent while investing in the educational institutions in their region.
Full story; Mountain States Health Alliance; 2/3/10

Locals tell of devastation, hope in Haiti
Alamance Regional Medical Center and others offer help to Haiti.
Full story;; 2/4/10

Akron General puts ER wait times on billboards, Internet
Akron General Health System recently began advertising up-to-the-minute wait times for its emergency rooms on billboards throughout town.
Full story;; 2/4/10

Collaborative focuses on fighting youth obesity epidemic
Officials with Mountain States Health Alliance and East Tennessee State University have created a new initiative to help fight the obesity epidemic facing the Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia region.
Full story; Mountain States Health Alliance; 2/4/10

Nonprofits serving children and homeless receive grants
A focus on children and the homeless led to Mercy Medical Center awarding $77,956 in grants to local non-profits. Mercy, with parent company Catholic Healthcare West, awards grants to community organizations each year.
Full story; Merced Sun-Star; 2/3/10

Victims from Haiti arrive in Atlanta
Children's Healthcare of Atlanta helps victims from Haiti.
Full story; The New York Times; 2/3/10

Cutting-edge robotic exoskeleton allows wheelchair-bound to stand and walk
The exoskeleton is being tested at MossRehab, a rehabilitation and research center in Philadelphia that is part of the Albert Einstein Healthcare Network.
Full story; ABC News; 2/4/10

SPX raises $275K for St. Jude Hospital
SPX Corp. has raised $275,000 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital at an auction in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Full story; Charlotte Business Journal; 2/2/10

Family tradition lives on through Haitian hospital
The son of the former head of surgery at SSM St. Mary’s Health Center is helping patients in Haiti.
Full story; St. Louis Business Journal; 2/2/10

Hospitals rank among nation's best for patient outcomes
Summa Health System is rated in the top 5 percent of hospitals nationwide in a study released last week by HealthGrades.
Full story;; 2/1/10

Process-of-care measures help hospital stand out nationally
Western Baptist Hospital is top scorer in seven pneumonia process-of-care core measures.
Full story; Fierce Healthcare; 2/1/10

Children's Hospital reports revenue surge
Children’s Hospital in Boston saw its operating income jump 38 percent in fiscal 2009 on a surge in patient-related revenue.
Full story; Boston Business Journal; 2/1/10