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2011 archive

December 2011

Cancer care without borders: Levine Cancer Institute
Levine Cancer Institute, formed by the Carolinas HealthCare System, includes more than 30 hospitals and 600 care locations.
Full story; MDNEWS.com; 12/30/11

Mission Health gets "telemedicine" grant for rural healthcare access, education
Mission Health has been selected to receive a Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grant.
Full story; mountainx.com; 12/29/11

The Cleveland Clinic mentions risk factors for the holiday blues
Connecting the holidays with family problems or painful memories can lead to the holiday blues.
Full story; Bella Magazine; 12/28/11

Alexian Brothers Health System set to become part of Ascension Health
"We are excited about bringing Alexian Brothers' tradition of quality care and expertise in areas like senior services into Ascension Health," says Anthony Tersigni, President and CEO of Ascension Health.
Full story; Insurance News Net; 12/28/11

TriHealth appoints executive directors of heart and cancer institutes
TriHealth announced it has named two new Institute directors. Lisa Dye RN, MSN, will serve as the Executive Director for the TriHealth Heart Institute and Mark Witte will be Executive Director for the TriHealth Cancer Institute.
Full story; TriHealth; 12/28/11

Aurora St. Luke's South Shore classified as Level IV trauma facility
Aurora St. Luke's South Shore has been classified by the State of Wisconsin Department of Health Services as a Level IV Trauma Care Facility.
Full story; Aurora Health Care; 12/28/11

Cleveland Clinic doctor explains why to discuss your medications with your doctor
Experts explain that the improper long-term use of a medication can potentially cause damage to the kidneys or liver, the organs that break down the drugs in our system.
Full story; cleveland.com; 12/28/11

Catholic Healthcare West hospitals go digital
Catholic Healthcare West, which owns Arroyo Grande Community Hospital, French Hospital Medical Center and Marian Medical Center of Santa Maria, began its transition to digital record keeping in December 2010 and more work is underway.
Full story; San Luis Obispo Tribune; 12/28/11

Hospitals rate drug abuse potential in patients
"People are dying all over the place from this type of stuff, and they're dying from medicines that doctors are unknowingly dispensing. That's the real cost we're trying to curb here," said Dr. Jim Huizenga, an emergency physician with Kettering Health Network. "I think we're making an impact."
Full story; Dayton Daily News; 12/27/11

PRMC named top performer
Peninsula Regional Medical Center, a 363-bed facility in Salisbury, has been named a Top Performing Hospital in Premier's QUEST collaborative for the second year in a row.
Full story; Delmarva Now; 12/26/11

Last Michigan hospitals standing solo flirt with mergers
Vanguard, which bought several Chicago-area hospitals in the last two years, likes the Midwest. In October, two Vanguard executives spent two days visiting the 290-bed Crittenton Hospital Medical Center in Rochester, but they were told "thank you, but no thank you," said Michelle Hornberger, chief strategy officer. "We have no interest at this time to merge or be acquired," she said.
Full story; Detroit Free Press; 12/25/11

Top maternity hospitals stop early elective deliveries
A doctor with Bay State Medical Center discusses early c-sections.
Full story; Kaiser Health News; 12/23/11

Cleveland Clinic researcher discovers genetic cause of thyroid cancer
Cleveland Clinic researchers have discovered three genes that increase the risk of thyroid cancer, which is has the largest incidence increase in cancers among both men and women.
Full story; Cleveland Clinic news release; 12/23/11

Students raise funds for TriHealth's Good Samaritan Hospital's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
Students recently made a donation to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at TriHealth's Good Samaritan Hospital. As part of their senior project, the girls raised $1,800 for the NICU.
Full story; TriHealth; 12/22/11

SSM hospitals recognized for quality care
Seven SSM Health Care hospitals have been recognized as top performing hospitals in the Premier healthcare alliance QUEST: High-Performing Hospitals initiative.
Full story; SSM Health Care; 12/22/11

Nicely named VP/CEO for MSHA's Washington County hospitals
David Nicely has been named vice president / CEO for the Washington County hospitals of Mountain States Health Alliance.
Full story; MSHA; 12/21/11

Mike Duggan setting up college scholarships for DMC families
Beginning next fall, Detroit Medical Center President and CEO Mike Duggan plans to use his $770,000 in currently valued stock from Vanguard Health Systems Inc. to help finance college educations for the children of Detroit Medical Center employees.
Full story; The Detroit News; 12/21/11

The 50 best Cleveland Clinic doctors. Ever.
From day one in 1921, Cleveland Clinic has always been about the doctors.
Full story; MedCity Hospitals; 12/21/11

PRMC named a national top performer in the QUEST collaborative for lives saved and cost efficiency
For the second year in a row, PRMC has been named a Top Performing Hospital in Premier's QUEST collaborative.
Full story; Peninsula Regional Medical Center; 12/20/11

Sharp HealthCare to participate as Medicare Pioneer Accountable Care Organization
Sharp HealthCare announced it has been selected to participate in the Pioneer Accountable Care Organization Model, a new initiative sponsored by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Innovation Center.
Full story; PR Newswire; 12/20/11

Presbyterian Healthcare tapped for program to improve Medicare
Presbyterian Healthcare Services has been selected to participate in a federal program to bring coordinated, higher-quality care to Medicare patients.
Full story; New Mexico Business Weekly; 12/20/11

CHOP begins big dig
The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia is preparing part of the old Civic Center site for an outpatient-care center that will sit on top of a five-story underground parking garage. The pediatric medical center's expansion plans for ambulatory care, however, extend far beyond the city.
Full story; Philadelphia Business Journal; 12/19/11

Full accreditation earned by Texas Health Resources research program
Texas Health Resources has received full accreditation from the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs. The accreditation applies to Texas Health's human subject protection program, which includes the system's Institutional Review Board.
Full story; Texas Health Resources; 12/19/11

S.C. hospitals to get money to help prevent readmissions
The South Carolina Hospital Association and Premier will work to cut readmissions and hospital-acquired conditions.
Full story; Greenville Online (Subscription required); 12/18/11

Joel Lincoln to head Seagate and RRHA / JVC contracting division
The Rochester Regional Healthcare Association announces the promotion of Joel Lincoln to Senior Vice President of Contracting and head of contracting divisions for Seagate Alliance and RRHA Joint Ventures Corporation.
Full story; Sea Gate Alliance; 12/18/11

U.S. gives CHW $5.9M to reduce hospital injuries, illness
Catholic Healthcare West, parent company to local Mercy hospitals, has been awarded $5.9 million in federal funding to reduce patient injuries and complications from conditions they get in the hospital.
Full story; Sacramento Business Journal; 12/18/11

IBM's Watson computer to help doctors at Cedars
The artificial intelligence computer will guide doctors at the Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute on diagnosis and treatment.
Full story; The Los Angeles Times; 12/17/11

Healthcare Association of Hawaii to lead federal effort to improve quality of healthcare in Hawaii
The Healthcare Association of Hawaii is playing a leadership role in transforming healthcare delivery in Hawaii by partnering with Premier on a large-scale federal quality initiative.
Full story; Hawaii Reporter; 12/17/11

Jakobsen named VP/COO of Adventist Health Physician Services
Dag Jakobsen has been named vice president and COO of Physician Services for Adventist Health, according to Jeff Conklin, president and CEO of Adventist Health Physician Services.
Full story; Adventist Health; 12/16/11

Carolinas HealthCare System and MinuteClinic enter into clinical collaboration
MinuteClinic, the retail healthcare division of CVS Caremark Corporation, and Carolinas HealthCare System have entered into a clinical collaboration that includes 16 MinuteClinic locations in the greater Charlotte area.
Full story; MarketWatch; 12/16/11

Colorectal Cancer on the rise among younger adults
Researcher at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston explains that the median age for young-onset colorectal cancer is 44 years according to one recent study.
Full story; MedPage Today; 12/15/11

Alamance Regional Medical Center to join Cone Health
Alamance Regional Medical Center will become a part of Greensboro-based Cone Health in the spring, the two organizations announced Thursday.
Full story; The Business Journal; 12/15/11

LIJ Medical Center opens $300M, inpatient tower
The North Shore-LIJ Health System recently celebrated the completion of the largest expansion project in the health system's history, a 10 story glass tower featuring 162 single-bed rooms with hotel-like accommodations.
Full story; PR Newswire; 12/15/11

CHOP expands Specialty Care Center partnership at Abington
Abington expands its partnership with Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.
Full story; Philadelphia Business Journal; 12/15/11

Cooper Hospital announces new weight-loss surgery program
Cooper University Hospital has established a new weight-loss program for patients that uses state-of-the-art, minimally invasive surgical techniques to achieve optimal results.
Full story; Philadelphia Business Journal; 12/14/11

Central DuPage, Delnor name combined health system
Cadence Health System is the new name for the combined hospital network created in March by the merger of Central DuPage Health and Delnor Health System.
Full story; Crain's Chicago Business; 12/14/11

Doubling down on the patient experience
Mount Sinai Hospital in Chicago, Aurora Health Care, PeaceHealth and others discuss patient experience action plans. Learn how improvements are being made.
Full story; Hospitals & Health Networks; 12/14/11

Kaiser Permanente and Banner offer care in northern Colorado
Kaiser Permanente and Banner Health both share a commitment to high quality care, service and affordability, and a new agreement will offer northern Colorado residents a new option for top quality care and health plan coverage close to home.
Full story; PR Newswire; 12/13/11

Baystate discusses 6 ways to reduce physician turnover
Baystate Health in western Massachusetts tackled physician turnover and reduced it by a third in one year.
Full story; HealthLeaders Media; 12/13/11

Delicate balance: Moving to Stage 2
Pamela McNutt, senior vice president and CIO of the Dallas-based Methodist Health System and Premier healthcare alliance comment on moving to Stage 2 of meaningful use.
Full story; Healthcare IT News; 12/13/11

Catholic Health Partners hiring for 50 positions in Blue Ash
Catholic Health Partners, the largest health system in Ohio and parent of Mercy Health in Cincinnati, announces that it is hiring for upwards of 50 positions.
Full story; Fox 19; 12/12/11

Greenville hospitals act to cut readmissions
Using data from Premier from between August 2010 and September 2011, St. Francis' readmission rate for heart attacks was 11.75 percent compared with a national rate of 18 percent.
Full story; Greenville Online (Subscription may be required); 12/12/11

Nemours expands childhood obesity prevention initiative
Nemours Children's Hospital receives a grant for their child care obesity prevention initiative.
Full story; Orlando Business Journal; 12/12/11

MidMichigan Medical Center Midland completes major expansion
The project, slated to be the first major expansion of the facility, has led to creation of a new patient tower. The tower spans 280,000 square feet.
Full story; WIDN; 12/11/11

Healthcare projects booming in Janesville area
SSM Health Care of Wisconsin and Dean Health System will open a $145 million hospital and clinic on Janesville's southeast side.
Full story; Gazette Extra; 12/11/11

The payment reform puzzle
Fairview Health Services in Minnesota is taking its time to figure out how to move officially into the ACO age.
Full story; Trustee; 12/11/11

Anne Arundel named Top Hospital by Leapfrog Group
Anne Arundel Medical Center named among top hospitals in the country for safety and quality.
Full story; Anne Arundel Medical Center; 12/8/11

Chandler Regional Medical Center opens ostomy clinic
Chandler Regional Medical Center has opened the Ostomy Clinic to provide care, education and support for those living with an ostomy. An ostomy is an opening in the body surgically created to discharge waste.
Full story; Phoenix Business Journal; 12/7/11

Sharp HealthCare recognized as having best hospital IT department
Sharp HealthCare has been named a winner in the large hospital category of the HealthCare IT News first-ever ranking of Where to Work: Best Hospital IT Departments.
Full story; Sharp HealthCare; 12/7/11

IHI National Forum: Truly partnering with patients
North Shore-LIJ Health System is noted at forum as a standout for requiring incoming medical students to spend their first months in school becoming certified emergency medical technicians in their Long Island community.
Full story; Hospitals & Health Networks; 12/7/11

The Leapfrog group's top performing hospitals of 2011
Bon Secours St. Francis, Vanderbilt University Hospital, Kaiser Permanente, Anne Arundel Medical Center and others named among this year's winners.
Full story; Health Career Web; 12/7/11

CHOP researchers find gene-ADHD link
Researchers at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia say they have found a link between alterations in certain genes and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in 10 percent of ADHD patients.
Full story; Philadelphia Business Journal; 12/6/11

UA Cancer Center, St. Joe's detail Phoenix plans
After more than a year of dialogue, the University of Arizona Cancer Center and St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center have solidified plans for cancer treatment and research in Phoenix.
Full story; Phoenix Business Journal; 12/5/11

Cincinnati Jewish Hospital in line for $100M expansion
Jewish Hospital, owners of Mercy Health, has not expanded in more than a decade, but the new wing could be combined with another $20 million building.
Full story; Columbus Morning Call; 12/5/11

Adventist Health/Home Care Services announces new appointments
Adventist Health is expanding the scope and footprint of our home care services in order to operate more successfully under healthcare reform.
Full story; Adventist Health; 12/5/11

DMC, Michigan Association of Health Plans sign deal with AMA's health information network
The Detroit Medical Center physician-hospital organization and the Lansing-based Michigan Association of Health Plans have signed separate contracts with Chicago-based Amagine to become part of a health information network for physicians in Michigan.
Full story; Crains Detroit Business; 12/5/11

Cincinnati Jewish Hospital in line for $100 million expansion
Jewish Hospital owners Mercy Health have been purchasing property to add to its 10 acres in Kenwood, the newspaper reports. The new wing would give the hospital more space to perform brain surgeries and treat cancer.
Full story; The Cincinnati Inquirer; 12/5/11

Florida Hospital Medical Group to acquire Winter Park Urology
Florida Hospital Medical Group, an affiliate of Florida Hospital, signed a letter of intent Dec. 1 to acquire Winter Park Urology Associated P.A.
Full story; Orlando Business Journal; 12/5/11

Cleveland Clinic opens full-service healthcare facility in Avon
Special video report offers an inside look at the new Richard E. Jacobs Health Center in Avon, Ohio.
Full story; Fox 8 News; 12/4/11

St. Joseph's, Arizona Cancer Center to join forces
Arizona Cancer Center and St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center officials announce an agreement to join forces on cancer research and patient care.
Full story; azcentral.com; 12/4/11

Scuba diving for persons with disabilities
Detroit Medical Center Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan, partnered with The Cody Unser First Step Foundation and the National MS Society, Michigan Chapter to host a one-day introduction to Adaptive Scuba Clinic for persons with disabilities.
Full story; DMC YouTube; 12/1/11

Methodist Healthcare acquires Peabody Family Care
Peabody Family Care has been acquired by Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare.
Full story; Memphis Business Journal; 12/1/11

First Hawaiian Bank donates $250K to Kapiolani Health
First Hawaiian Bank has given $250,000 to Kapiolani Health Foundation toward its $30 million campaign for the redevelopment of the Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children.
Full story; Pacific Business News; 12/1/11

Winter Haven Hospital in Florida Seeks Partner
Winter Haven Hospital in Florida has sent requests for proposals of affiliation to five non-profit health systems including Adventist and BayCare.
Full story; Becker's Hospital Review; 12/1/11

November 2011

Palliative care takes off in New York
The Greater New York Hospital Association, which recently launched the Palliative Care Leadership Network to help its members discuss and share ideas around hospital-based palliative care.
Full story; Hospitals & Health Networks; 11/30/11

Sebelius uses Cleveland Clinic as electronic medical records platform
Federal officials point to Cleveland Clinic's success in implementing electronic health records as a platform to argue that America's hospitals and doctors need to act faster to adopt the technology.
Full story; cleveland.com; 11/30/11

Banner Health leads the way at improving care for patients
Banner Health Network, a newly formed physician network, will seek to lower costs and provide better quality care by promoting wellness and identifying health risks.
Full story; Action for Better Healthcare; 11/30/11

Norton wins 2011 Nursing Image Award
Norton Healthcare staff member is winner of the 2011 HCPro Nursing Image Awards: Image of Nursing in Leadership.
Full story; HealthLeaders Media; 11/30/11

Panel seeks hospital reforms
Kenneth Raske, president of the Greater New York Hospital Association, explains that hospitals "will work to ensure that any new legislation does not give the Department of Health excessive powers that could ultimately undermine a hospital's ability to deliver care to its community."
Full story (subscription required); The Wall Street Journal; 11/29/11

Drug shortages force hospitals to carefully manage supplies
Experts at Cleveland Clinic discuss making medication for patients. The shortage is impacting hospitals across the nation.
Full story; Cleveland.com; 11/29/11

Adventist, GW docs both hope to win a lot by giving a little
Adventist works to expand its small employed physicians group.
Full story; Washington Business Journal; 11/28/11

Gaston Memorial takes most awards for high-quality care
Gaston Memorial Hospital has been named a top performer in a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Premier healthcare alliance project that rewards hospitals for delivering high quality care.
Full story; Gaston Gazette; 11/26/11

Memphis area's big three hospital systems extend reach
Over the year, Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare, Baptist Memorial Health Care and the Saint Francis hospitals have bought or merged with many physician offices, especially cardiology and oncology groups.
Full story; The Commercial Appeal; 11/25/11

Banner Health and Aetna keeping patients healthy
Aetna will roll out a new health-insurance plan with Banner Health that will pay the health provider based on measures of quality, efficiency and patient satisfaction.
Full story; AZ Central; 11/25/11

Henry Ford Health wins national award
Henry Ford has been named a recipient of the 2011 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, along with two other healthcare organizations and a nonprofit group.
Full story; The Detroit News; 11/23/11

Alamance Regional opens cancer clinic in Yanceyville
Alamance Regional is partnering with Caswell Family Medical Center on a cancer clinic to serve Caswell County.
Full story; The Business Journal; 11/23/11

Carolinas HealthCare opens Waxhaw ER
Carolinas HealthCare explains it will open Union County's first free-standing emergency department in early December.
Full story; Charlotte Business Journal; 11/23/11

TriHealth buys Butler county hospital
TriHealth, operator of Bethesda North and Good Samaritan hospitals, will accelerate its expansion into the region's fastest-growing suburbs with its purchase of the Butler County Medical Center.
Full story; Cincinnati.com; 11/22/11

Henry Ford Health System receives Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award
Henry Ford Health System has been named a 2011 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award recipient, one of the most prestigious national awards for performance excellence.
Full story; PR Newswire; 11/22/11

Aetna, Banner Health collaborate in accountable care
Banner Health will help launch an accountable care health plan.
Full story; Fierce Health Payer; 11/22/11

St. Elizabeth Healthcare to go tobacco-free
St. Elizabeth's staff explains that as a healthcare organization, they are committed to the health and safety of employees and patients. Administrators feel a responsibility to take a leadership role on this major health issue.
Full story; Business Courier; 11/20/11

Inside Cleveland Clinic heart center
Journalists share stories from a special series capturing stories from inside the Cleveland Clinic heart center. One patient shares his thoughts as he prepares for a new heart.
Full story; The Plain Dealer; 11/19/11

Legoland picks Winter Haven as official hospital
Winter Haven Hospital will get signage in Legoland's baby care facility, main first-aid clinic, and first-aid stations.
Full story; Orlando Business Journal; 11/18/11

Adventist Health to use grant for new electronic medical record system
Adventist Health / Central Valley Network is in the process of developing a new electronic medical record system to help streamline the process of transferring records. The process was initiated recently when the network was awarded a $1 million grant by Blue Shield of California.
Full story; Hanford Sentinel; 11/18/11

Bethesda North named Top 50 Cardiovascular Hospital
TriHealth's Bethesda North Hospital has been named one of the top 50 hospitals by Thomson Reuters in its annual study identifying the top U.S. hospitals for inpatient cardiovascular services.
Full story; TriHealth; 11/17/11

CaroMont Health names Randall Kelley as its new CEO
CaroMont Health has chosen Virginia hospital official Randall Kelley as its new chief executive.
Full story; Charlotte Business Journal; 11/17/11

Cincinnati hospitals have reduced bloodstream infections in ICUs
Bethesda North Hospital and Good Samaritan Hospital are among a group of 53 institutions statewide that have drastically reduced bloodstream infections in intensive care units.
Full story; Business Courier; 11/17/11

Catholic Health Partners rich history depicted in interactive timeline, video, book
A 43-page book called "Catholic Health Partners, Centuries of Service" helps honor 25 year anniversary.
Full story; Catholic Health Partners; 11/16/11

Whether a hospital or doll house, Sr. Mary Jean Ryan built quality to last
Sister Mary Jean Ryan took a meandering path that eventually led to becoming the leader of SSM Health Care for 25 years. Many attribute the healthcare system's quality to her leadership.
Full story; St. Louis Beacon; 11/16/11

Adventist to use new clinical outcomes database
Adventist Health System will use QualityAdvisor to increase its effectiveness and compile clinical data from the Premier healthcare alliance.
Full story; Orlando Business Journal; 11/16/11

MD Anderson to break ground on new research building
MD Anderson Cancer Center will break ground on the new building for personalized cancer care this month.
Full story; Houston Business Journal; 11/16/11

Patients win in Cleveland Clinic study of cholesterol drugs
In a Cleveland Clinic-led study pitting Lipitor against Crestor, the world's two top statin therapies for fighting plaque build-up on coronary artery walls, both drugs proved equally effective.
Full story; The Plain Dealer; 11/16/11

Florida Hospital exploring new heart valve procedure
Florida Hospital is looking into adding a new procedure that replaces a patient's heart valve through a catheter in the leg.
Full story; Orlando Business Journal; 11/15/11

Cleveland Clinic expands west, acquires North Coast Cancer Care
North Coast Cancer Care is now part of the Cleveland Clinic's Taussic Cancer Institute.
Full story; The Plain Dealer; 11/15/11

Aria Health becomes one of the first "meaningful use" certified health systems in Philadelphia and Bucks County
Aria Health, the largest healthcare provider in Northeast Philadelphia has been recognized by the federal government and Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for adoption of certified electronic health records systems to meet specific goals for quality and efficient patient care.
Full story; PR News; 11/15/11

Center for Endometriosis at SSM St. Mary's
SSM St. Mary's Health Center in Richmond Heights offers new treatment options, including minimally invasive laser surgery, to women who suffer from a common condition that can cause pain and infertility.
Full story; St. Louis Business Journal; 11/14/11

Yost named to Modern Healthcare Top 25 Clinical Informaticists
David Yost, director of performance analytics at Catholic Health Partners, has been named to Modern Healthcare's second-annual listing of the Top 25 Clinical Informaticists in Healthcare.
Full story; Catholic Health Partners; 11/14/11

Peninsula Regional Medical Center gathers accolades
Peninsula Regional Medical Center is a big winner in a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services / Premier healthcare alliance project called Hospital Quality Incentive Demonstration.
Full story; delmarvanow.com; 11/14/11

Island hospital recognized for quality patient care
Staten Island University Hospital has been recognized as a top-performing hospital for the sixth year in a row in the Hospital Quality Incentive Demonstration Project.
Full story; silive.com; 11/14/11

Sister Mary Jean Ryan says Holy Spirit guided her as nurse, nun and groundbreaking CEO
Sister Mary Jean was leader of SSM for 25 years. She stepped down as CEO of one of the largest Catholic healthcare systems in the nation at the end of July and assumed the role of board chair.
Full story; St. Louis Beacon; 11/13/11

Tales from the heart: Inside Cleveland Clinic heart center
A behind the scenes look inside the Cleveland Clinic. Reporters show you what happens every day inside the heart center.
Full story; cleveland.com; 11/13/11

Edney named a 2012 Gallagher Scholar
Mark Edney, MD, urologist and Medical Director of the Peninsula Institute of Laparoscopic and Robotic Surgery at Peninsula Regional Medical Center, was recently named the American Urological Association's Gallagher Health Policy Scholar for 2012.
Full story; Peninsula Regional Medical Center; 11/13/11

Anne Arundel Medical Center Awarded LEED gold Green Building Certification
Anne Arundel achieved LEED certification for energy use, lighting, water and material use as well as incorporating a variety of other sustainable strategies.
Full story; Anne Arundel Medical Center; 11/11/11

Stories from Cleveland Clinic heart center
Tales from the Heart: Inside the Cleveland Clinic's heart center begins Sunday, November 13th. The series of stories will provide a closer look at patient care.
Full story; cleveland.com; 11/10/11

Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center keeps growing
Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center is a few steps closer to transforming itself into a center for community health.
Full story; Buffalo Business First; 11/10/11

Shawnee Mission Medical Center chief executive will retire
Samuel Turner, who has been with the 504-bed hospital since 2000, announces he will retire, effective December 2nd.
Full story; Kansas City Business Journal; 11/8/11

Weirton Medical Center earns national quality awards
Weirton Medical Center has received four awards in a national study that rewards hospitals for delivering high quality care in key clinical areas. The study is conducted by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and Premier.
Full story; WTRF; 11/8/11

SSM Health Care earns 2011 Missouri Quality Award
SSM Health Care has earned a 2011 Missouri Quality Award, which is given by the Excellence in Missouri Foundation and honors excellence in such areas as organizational performance, leadership, and customer service.
Full story; SSM Health Care; 11/7/11

Cancer care added at new West Penn Allegheny center
West Penn Allegheny Health System has begun offering radiation oncology care at its outpatient care center in Peters Township.
Full story; Pittsburgh Business Times; 11/7/11

PRMC earns honors for quality care
Peninsula Regional Medical Center has been named a top performer in a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Premier healthcare alliance value-based purchasing project that rewards hospitals for delivering high quality care in six clinical areas.
Full story; Delmarvanow.com; 11/7/11

UT Southwestern lands $10.5 million in cancer grants
UT Southwestern Medical Center has received $10.5 million in funding from the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas for 10 cancer research and prevention projects.
Full story; Dallas Business Journal; 11/4/11

Banner chosen for federal health savings program
Banner Health may become one of the first in the nation to participate in the Accountable Care Organization Pioneer Program.
Full story; Phoenix Business Journal; 11/4/11

Catholic Health Partners named Best Place to Work
Catholic Health Partners has been named the Best Place to Work in the large companies category by the Cincinnati Business Courier in its ninth-annual Greater Cincinnati Best Places to Work.
Full story; Catholic Health Partners; 11/4/11

Buffalo General to show off new ER
Buffalo General's expanded emergency department marks the first step in a consolidation with Millard Fillmore Gates Circle Hospital.
Full story; Buffalo Business First; 11/4/11

National project recognizes quality of North Shore - LIJ hospitals
Nine hospitals of the North Shore - LIJ Health System were recognized with 68 overall awards for their performance in delivering high-quality care in six clinical areas in a voluntary, national pay-for-performance project.
Full story; PR News Wire; 11/4/11

PRMC earns top performance status in value based purchasing project
Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury, Maryland has been named a top performer in a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Premier healthcare alliance value-based purchasing project that rewards hospitals for delivering high quality care in six clinical areas.
Full story; Peninsula Regional Medical Center; 11/3/11

Aurora Health Care named in national quality initiative
Aurora won 253 awards over six years, the most of any participating system in the Hospital Quality Incentive Demonstration project sponsored by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and Premier.
Full story; Aurora Health Care; 11/2/11

Bon Secours Health System takes top awards in HQID project
Bon Secours Health System received 70 awards in the sixth year of the Hospital Quality Incentive Demonstration project, the most of any health system in the project. The HQID project, implemented by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and Premier, rewards hospitals for delivering high quality care in six clinical areas.
Full story; Baltimore City Biz List; 11/2/11

Hackensack earns top performance and attainment awards status in Medicare, Premier healthcare alliance value-based purchasing project
Based on year six results from the Hospital Quality Incentive Demonstration project, Hackensack UMC received three awards for top performance.
Full story; The Paramus Post; 11/2/11

Charlton Memorial gets $2 million from namesake family
Earle P. "Chuck" Charlton II announced this week that his family's Charlton Charitable Trusts is donating $2 million to Charlton Memorial Hospital and Southcoast Hospitals Group.
Full story; Boston Business Journal; 11/2/11

DeGraff seeks state OK for chest pain center
Kaleida Health's DeGraff Memorial Hospital has filed plans with the state Department of Health to build a permanent home for its Chest Pain Center.
Full story; Buffalo Business First; 11/2/11

Florida Hospital Celebration Health opens new patient tower
Florida Hospital Celebration Health has implemented the GetWellNetwork solution as a focal point in the facility's newly opened patient care tower.
Full story; Market Watch; 11/1/11

Raethel appointed president and CEO of Castle Medical Center
Kathryn Raethel has been appointed president and CEO of Castle Medical Center.
Full story; Adventist Health; 11/1/11

Banner, Health Net form new HMO
Health Net of Arizona Inc. and Banner Health Network have teamed up to offer a new health maintenance organization in Maricopa County.
Full story; Phoenix Business Journal; 11/1/11

October 2011

Methodist acquires Eastmoreland Internal Medicine practice
Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare has acquired another internal medicine practice.
Full story; Memphis Business Journal; 10/31/11

CHS gets state OK for Huntersville facility
Carolinas HealthCare System has gained state approval to build a $33 million, 66 inpatient bed psychiatric-care facility in Huntersville.
Full story; Charlotte Business Journal; 10/31/11

Developing stem cells to repair joint cartilage
UConn Health Center researchers are developing stem cell therapies to repair joint cartilage. Associate professor Caroline Dealy discusses the process for developing these stem cell therapies, and the future commercialization of the research.
Full story; UConn Health Center; 10/28/11

Methodist, West Clinic partnership will generate $35M for University of Tennessee Health Science Center
Methodist is assuming responsibility for the clinical care of patients at The West Clinic.
Full story; Memphis Business Journal; 10/28/11

Shawnee Mission Medical Center chief executive will retire
Samuel Turner Sr., the CEO of Shawnee Mission Medical Center, is stepping down in December.
Full story; Kansas City Business Journal; 10/28/11

Nippert receives Lifetime Achievement in Nursing Leadership Award
Kathye Nippert, vice president of workforce management at Catholic Health Partners, received the Lifetime Achievement in Nursing Leadership Award during the Leadership in Nursing Awards presented by the College of Mount St. Joseph.
Full story; Catholic Health Partners; 10/28/11

Elite 18 spice up supply chain spectacle
Several Premier members explain that for many of their executives, supply chain is a leading priority.
Full story; Healthcare Purchasing News; 10/28/11

Moffitt, US Oncology Network join forces
Moffitt and The US Oncology Network will collaborate to develop and operate community-based cancer centers throughout Florida.
Full story; Tampa Bay Business Journal; 10/28/11

Florida Hospital surgeon sets record in robotic surgery
Florida Hospital's Dr. Vipul Patel performs his 5,000th robotic prostate removal surgery.
Full story; Orlando Business Journal; 10/28/11

Baptist launches flat-fee heart screenings
Baptist's HeartWise for Women is aimed at preventing cardiovascular disease. It is a screening offered for a flat-fee.
Full story; Jacksonville Business Journal; 10/26/11

Kaleida asks state to shift services
Kaleida Health has filed plans with the state for renovations and changes at two of its hospital programs.
Full story; Buffalo Business First; 10/26/11

Hartford Hospital gets a mention in Apple iPhone ad
"What's the fastest way to Hartford Hospital?" is the question directed to Siri, the Apple iPhone 4S voice-command feature, on an ad that's airing on national TV.
Full story; HealthLeaders Media; 10/26/11

Hospital, manufacturer join forces on ACO
Steve Riney from Methodist Medical Center of Illinois discusses the relationship Methodist has with Caterpillar.
Full story; Hospitals & Health Networks; 10/25/11

In need of nurses, Bon Secours to hold job fair
Bon Secours Baltimore holds job fair to help find new nurses. And Jackie Evans, the hospital's nurse recruiter, says Bon Secours likely will have another as the hospital continues to grow.
Full story; Baltimore Business Journal; 10/25/11

Rocker Bret Michaels donates music room to Barrow Neurological Institute
Michaels is bringing the Bret Michael's Hospitality and Music Room to St. Joseph's Barrow Neurological Institute.
Full story; Phoenix Business Journal; 10/25/11

Nippert receives Nursing Leadership Award
Kathye Habig Nippert, vice president of workforce management at Catholic Health Partners, received the Lifetime Achievement in Nursing Leadership Award.
Full story; Catholic Health Partners; 10/25/11

Skeptics begin to warm to ACO program
Methodist Health System says one concern is that patients could opt-out of having their data shared, which would made patient management much more difficult when it comes to ACOs.
Full story; Healthcare Informatics; 10/25/11

Dr. Charles Huddleston moves to Cardinal Glennon
Top cardiothoracic surgeon Dr. Charles Huddleston has been hired by SSM Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center.
Full story; St. Louis Business Journal; 10/24/11

Presbyterian Rust Medical Center open for care
Presbyterian Rust Medical Center in Rio Rancho hosted a grand opening celebration Saturday that drew more than a thousand people and included a myriad of family activities and even a surprise flash mob. It is Rio Rancho's first full-service hospital and New Mexico's first 21st century hospital.
Full story (subscription may be required); Albuquerque Journal; 10/24/11

Henry Ford Hospital's pioneering vitiligo treatment draws worldwide interest
Henry Ford is the only hospital in the U.S. that offers a special transplant surgery known as melanocyte-keratinocyte transplantation or MKTP.
Full story; Detroit Free Press; 10/22/11

Jobe appointed corporate general counsel for Adventist Health
Meredith Jobe has been named General Counsel for Adventist Health.
Full story; Adventist Health; 10/21/11

Telemedicine becoming a key tool for Charlotte healthcare providers
Telemedicine is providing an avenue for Carolinas HealthCare System to connect patients with medical specialists from afar.
Full story; Charlotte Business Journal; 10/21/11

Heart-to-heart lessons
A 56-year-old Okolona woman was diagnosed with congestive heart failure and ended up at North Mississippi Medical Center (NMMC) when she became severely short of breath during outpatient diagnostic tests. A program at NMMC aided in the patient's success.
Full story; NEMS Daily Journal; 10/21/11

Adventist taking over Reedley hospital
Following an expression of overwhelming community support, Sierra Kings District Hospital officially tied the knot with Adventist Health this month.
Full story; Hanford Sentinel; 10/20/11

How one man reshaped region's healthcare
Harry Nurkin's ability to build one of the largest and most respected public hospital systems in the U.S. from one struggling Charlotte outfit helped to transform the Charlotte region. Nurkin, who died last week of pancreatic cancer at age 67, was just 37 years old when he took over Charlotte Memorial Hospital in 1981.
Full story; The Charlotte Observer; 10/20/11

MD Anderson campaign takes in $1.2 billion
Proving even a recession is no match for its fund-raising abilities, the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center announced Thursday that its just-completed philanthropic campaign took in $1.2 billion.
Full story; Houston Chronicle; 10/20/11

Carolinas HealthCare wants to add beds
Carolinas HealthCare System is asking state regulators to add 57 beds and relocate 69 others at three hospitals.
Full story; Charlotte Observer; 10/19/11

AtlantiCare announces launch of accountable care organization
AtlantiCare will operate its accountable care network through AtlantiCare Health Solutions, Inc. AtlantiCare's range of health and wellness services, its distinctive chronic care management capabilities and both independent and employed physicians as well as payer partners will participate in the ACO.
Full story; PR Newswire; 10/18/11

SSM St. Clare Health Center names president
Robert Hoefer has been named president of SSM St. Clare Health Center.
Full story; St. Louis Business Journal; 10/18/11

Adventist names new ER medical director
Dr. Michael Boulton, who is board-certified in emergency medicine, has been named the Emergency Services medical director at Adventist Medical Center-Hanford.
Full story; Hanford Sentinel; 10/18/11

Peninsula Regional ranks among best in new HealthGrades survey
Peninsula Regional Medical Center is named among the Best 100 Hospitals in the nation for cardiac care, stoke care, pulmonary care, gastrointestinal care, critical care, and general surgery.
Full story; Peninsula Regional Medical Center; 10/17/11

Carolina HealthCare CEO Michael Tarwater to chair Charlotte Chamber in 2014
Michael Tarwater has been named second vice-chair of the Charlotte Chamber putting him in position to chair the organization in 2014.
Full story; Charlotte Business Journal; 10/17/11

Leggett plans to fast-track Adventist project
Adventist's proposal to replace its current Takoma Park hospital is expected to bring new jobs.
Full story; Washington Business Journal; 10/15/11

El Camino Hospital, Satellite Healthcare team on dialysis services
El Camino announces partnership for dialysis services.
Full story; San Jose Business Journal; 10/15/11

Randolph Hospital president to retire
Robert Morrison, president of Randolph Hospital announces he will retire after leading the Asheboro healthcare facility for close to 19 years.
Full story; The Business Journal; 10/14/11

Sick-child day care centers let parents go to work
Memorial Pembroke, part of the tax-assisted South Broward Hospital District, has run its Sick Child Daycare for 15 years. Most parents who use it are hospital employees, but it's open to the public, and traffic has been climbing in the past few years.
Full story; Sun Sentinel; 10/13/11

PeaceHealth educates public about mental health
Staff at Sacred Heart Medical Center want to help the public learn more about the care of people dealing with a mental crisis. They want to remove the stigma associated with mental health issues and how they're treated.
Full story; KEZI; 10/12/11

UT Southwestern, U of Cape Town affiliate on TB
UT Southwestern Medical Center and the faculty of health sciences of the University of Cape Town in South Africa signed a five-year affiliation agreement to collaborate on joint research on tuberculosis.
Full story; Dallas Business Journal; 10/12/11

Eisenhower Medical Center gets teaching approval
Eisenhower Medical Center has received its accreditation to become a full-fledged teaching hospital and expects to begin training doctors in 2013 to help fill the Coachella Valley's longstanding primary care shortages.
Full story; mydesert.com; 10/12/11

Einstein at Elkins Park tapping telemedicine for intensive care
Einstein at Elkins Park installs advanced critical-care telemedicine program at the Montgomery County medical center.
Full story; Philadelphia Business Journal; 10/12/11

Sibley Memorial Hospital CEO to retire
Sibley Memorial Hospital CEO Robert Sloan will retire in July 2012, ending 27 years at the helm of the Northwest D.C. institution.
Full story; WBJ Morning Call; 10/11/11

Henry Ford Health opens innovation institute
The $12 million institute will coordinate several dozen projects aimed at identifying best practices among various hospital specialties and developing new technologies to improve medical care.
Full story; Becker's Hospital Review; 10/10/11

Arizona's Banner Health plans to bid on Colorado's Memorial Health
Banner Health System is the latest suitor of Memorial Health System in Colorado, joining University of Colorado Hospital as a potential partner for the health system.
Full story; Becker's Hospital Review; 10/10/11

Le Bonheur achieves Level 1 Trauma Center designation by ACS
The American College of Surgeons designates Le Bonheur a national Level 1 trauma center.
Full story; Memphis Business Journal; 10/10/11

Parkland, UT Southwestern get $6.3M cancer grant
A five-year, $6.3 million NCI grant establishes the Parkland-UT Southwestern PROSPR Center as part of a three-site network for colorectal cancer screening.
Full story; Dallas Business Journal; 10/10/11

Medical school partners with an Ascension Health hospital
Quinnipiac University School of Medicine partners with St. Vincent's Medical Center.
Full story; Modern Physician; 10/10/11

Crittenton's strategy: Leave some jobs unfilled
Crittenton Hospital Medical Center in Rochester Hills has been cutting patient care costs since 2006 by using a labor productivity analysis system. Using a specialized program devised by Premier called LaborConnect, Crittenton has saved more than $4 million.
Full story; Crain's Detroit Business (Subscription required); 10/10/11

Anesthesiology group joins Banner Health in Loveland
Banner Health has added a local anesthesiologist group to its holdings.
Full story; reporterherald.com; 10/7/11

The top 10 med-tech innovations of 2012
The top ten med-tech innovations of 2012, selected by Cleveland Clinic, range from detection to treatment to data management.
Full story; Mass Device; 10/7/11

New think tank in Detroit to develop medical marvels
More than a dozen medical inventions are in development at the new Henry Ford Health System Innovation Institute, a think tank for creating medical products opening on Henry Ford's Detroit campus.
Full story; The Detroit Free Press; 10/7/11

IHA's Health Care Leadership Profiles highlights Sinai Health System
Sinai Health System in Chicago is recognized for becoming the national model for the delivery of urban healthcare.
Full story; Illinois Hospital Association; 10/7/11

Banner Health to host annual family safety fair
The annual Banner Health Family Safety Fair will be held in November. Nurses and physicians will explain how to keep families safe and healthy.
Full story; Glendale Star; 10/5/11

Inova Health System to build medical center in Ashburn
Inova Health System intends to build a $31 million ambulatory care center.
Full story; Washington Business Journal; 10/5/11

St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center creates Valley Fever Center
The University of Arizona, which has been on the cutting edge of Valley fever research for decades, is establishing the Valley Fever Center on the campus of St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix.
Full story; Phoenix Business Journal; 10/5/11

Northwest Hospital promotes Brian White to president
Brian White is new president and chief operating officer at Northwest Hospital.
Full story; Baltimore Business Journal; 10/5/11

Watson computer downs Cleveland Clinic cardiologists in 'Jeopardy' demonstration
Watson easily dispatched two teams of Cleveland Clinic cardiologists during a demonstration modeled on the game of "Jeopardy" as part of the Clinic's 2011 Medical Innovation Summit.
Full story; cleveland.com; 10/4/11

Adventist Health raises awareness about breast cancer
In honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Adventist Health helps host "Paint Downtown Pink." Community members are invited to learn about the health benefits of physical activity.
Full story; Hanford Sentinel; 10/4/11

Banner hoping to crack Alzheimer's, together as a family
Banner's researchers and a Colombian neurologist are studying the extended family, planning a clinical trial to determine whether Alzheimer's can be prevented by giving drug treatment years before dementia begins.
Full story; The New York Times; 10/4/11

Cleveland Clinic's new health center in East Cleveland opens
The new three-floor, 50,000-square-foot facility on East Cleveland opened Monday, replacing Huron Hospital, which closed for good Friday.
Full story; cleveland.com; 10/3/11

Methodist Health Services Corporation completes new affiliation with Iowa Health System
Methodist Health Services Corporation in Peoria, IL, has successfully joined Iowa Health System as its eighth senior affiliate.
Full story; Methodist Health; 10/3/11

TriHealth buys cardiology practice
TriHealth is hiring physicians from Cardiology Associates of Cincinnati.
Full story; Business Courier; 10/3/11

Cleveland Clinic's Medical Innovation Summit opens Monday
At Cleveland Clinic's medical summit there will be a discussion about how the diagnosis and treatment of patients may potentially improve with the use of technology such as Watson.
Full story; Cleveland.com; 10/2/11

September 2011

Texas' Methodist Health acquires community hospital
Methodist Health System has purchased the hospital facilities currently owned by Richardson Hospital Authority. Effective Oct. 1, Methodist Richardson Medical Center will officially be part of Methodist Health System.
Full story; Becker's Hospital Review; 9/30/11

Nonprofit CHW posts $917M in profits on $10.6 billion in 2011 revenue
Catholic Healthcare West posts significant profit despite economic slump.
Full story; San Francisco Business Times; 9/30/11

Roberts appointed president and CEO of Glendale Adventist Medical Center
Kevin Roberts has been appointed president and CEO of Glendale Adventist Medical Center.
Full story; Adventist Health; 9/29/11

Banner Health challenges women to find their best health in the bag
Banner Health hosts event to educate women on several women's health issues including spine health, skin health and heart health.
Full story; santanvalley.com; 9/29/11

South Broward public hospitals prosper as Miami-Dade's struggle
The four public hospitals in the Memorial Healthcare System can reduce their tax rate because they have brought in $232 million the past two fiscal years.
Full story; Miami Herald; 9/29/11

Banner Sun Health Research Institute in Sun City and Mayo Clinic Arizona get $8M
Banner Sun Health Research Institute in Sun City and Mayo Clinic Arizona received an $8 million, five-year grant by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.
Full story; azcentral.com; 9/28/11

Adventist Health System plans $500M investment in Tampa Bay
Adventist Health System will invest about $500 million in its Florida Hospital Tampa Bay division over the next five years.
Full story; Tampa Bay Business Journal; 9/27/11

St. Jude buys land for potential expansion
Officials with St. Jude say the organization is always looking to acquire property close to its campus for potential future expansion.
Full story; Memphis Business Journal; 9/27/11

Morton Plant North Bay opens cardiovascular center
Officials with Morton Plant say the 9,750-square-foot cardiovascular center is aligned with the emergency department to provide enhanced access and better flow for patients and physicians.
Full story; Tampa Bay Business Journal; 9/26/11

Vanderbilt strikes partnerships with three suburban hospitals
Vanderbilt begins affiliation agreements with Maury Regional Medical Center and others. Officials say this could lead to a joint approach in areas such as cancer treatment, cardiovascular services, high-risk pregnancies, diagnostic imaging and perhaps medical office development.
Full story; The Tennessean; 9/26/11

Niagara Falls hospital, Buffalo Heart Group join forces
Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center is expanding its heart center through a new partnership with a Buffalo cardiology group.
Full story; Buffalo Business First; 9/22/11

Banner Health recognized for leadership
Banner Health receives leadership award by HealthLeaders. The award program is designed to celebrate the outstanding teamwork that occurs in healthcare organizations.
Full story; newsminer.com; 9/22/11

Methodist Le Bonheur partnership saves $4 million
A program at Methodist Le Bonheur Hospital includes a partnership with churches and other faith groups as a way to save funds and improve care.
Full story; Fierce Healthcare; 9/22/11

Bon Secours discusses women's health services and potential in ACOs
Mary Anne Graf, vice president of Women's and Children's Services at Bon Secours Richmond Health System explains the need for electronic medical records in obstetrics programs.
Full story; HealthLeaders Media; 9/22/11

Work begins on Ellis' urgent care facility in Clifton Park
Ellis Medicine broke ground on its enhanced urgent care facility in Clifton Park.
Full story; The Business Review; 9/21/11

Private insurance, better prostate surgery outcome?
Researchers at Henry Ford Hospital look at the impact of private insurance and prostate outcomes.
Full story; Reuters; 9/21/11

Adventist Health board of directors appointments
Adventist Health announces the appointments of Larry Innocent and Helmuth Jones, M.D., to the board of directors.
Full story; Adventist Health; 9/21/11

Fairview begins to change the way care providers are compensated
Fairview Health Services has moved the emphasis from patient volume to quality outcomes and satisfaction when it comes to compensation. Learn more in this interview.
Full story; MPR News; 9/21/11

Donors, vendors, peers support Marshfield Clinic's mission
Marshfield Clinic explains that to maintain quality research and programs, the clinic often leans on its benefactors.
Full story; Wausau Daily Herald; 9/21/11

Cooper University Hospital's goal: Prevent lacrosse injuries
Cooper University Hospital will educate student-athletes and coaches on how to prevent commonly sustained lacrosse-related injuries.
Full story; Philadelphia Business Journal; 9/20/11

Hospitals take cues from Disney
Henry Ford Health System and others are taking patient satisfaction to new levels. It is all about customer service.
Full story; Detroit Free Press; 9/20/11

Alegent Health hospitals named metro's only top quality performers
Alegent Health Bergan Mercy Medical Center in Omaha, Alegent Health Mercy Hospital in Council Bluffs, Iowa, and Alegent Health Midlands Hospital in Papillion are listed among the nation's 405 top performing hospitals on key quality measures by The Joint Commission.
Full story; Alegent Health; 9/20/11

TriHealth and options for end of life care for patients
TriHealth and Hospice of Cincinnati discuss some of the options available for end of life care.
Full story; Cincinnati.com; 9/18/11

Carolinas HealthCare proposes two more free-standing emergency facilities
Carolinas HealthCare is looking into building emergency facilities in the SouthPark and south Charlotte areas.
Full story; Charlotte Business Journal; 9/17/11

Zelda Stein Weiss Cancer Center dedicated
Mon General dedicates its Zelda Stein Weiss Cancer Center. The center is an extension of Zelda Stein Weiss Cancer Awareness and Early Detection Project, which has offered low-cost cancer screenings to area residents since 1990.
Full story; Charleston Daily Mail; 9/16/11

St. Mary's Hospital uses spa amenities as competitive advantage
St. Mary's Hospital offers amenities and facilities that mirror spa and hotel environments. Patients hate to leave.
Full story; ABC News; 9/16/11

Geisinger officials sign deal to merge with Bloomsburg
Citing his health system's long history of working with Bloomsburg, Geisinger President and CEO Dr. Glenn Steele says the medical center's focus would be to further develop community-based programs and enhance care and service.
Full story; Daily Item; 9/16/11

Baystate Health considers deal with Cooley Dickinson Hospital
It's expected that Cooley Dickinson's board will review a proposal for a merger or sale in late November or early December. A year from now, after regulatory reviews, the hospital could ultimately be governed from Springfield, Boston or Nashville. Baystate Health is one potential option.
Full story; gazettenet.com; 9/16/11

Park Nicollet expands eating disorders services
Park Nicollet explains that it is expanding its Melrose Institute for eating disorders to its clinic in Burnsville.
Full story; Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal; 9/16/11

Illinois' Alexian Brothers signs definitive agreement with Ascension Health
Alexian Brothers Health System and Ascension Health have signed a definitive agreement for ABHS to join the Ascension system.
Full story; Becker's Hospital Review; 9/15/11

Cleveland Clinic gets federal grant for concussion diagnosis blood test
Cleveland Clinic researchers have received a $250,000 federal grant to continue studying a blood test that's aimed at identifying concussions in football players.
Full story; MedCity News; 9/15/11

Buffalo General plans for Gates closing
Buffalo General Hospital is due for a $2.7 million renovation to accommodate more departmental shifts from a local hospital.
Full story; Buffalo Business First; 9/15/11

Assembly members tour AtlantiCare Regional's Mainland Campus
State leaders tell AtlantiCare they are delighted to have a facility of quality in their district.
Full story; Shore News Today; 9/14/11

Methodist Charlton named one of nation's top performers
Methodist Charlton is one of only 405 U.S. hospitals, 34 Texas hospitals, and 2 Dallas hospitals earning the distinction of top performer on key quality measures for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance.
Full story; Digital Journal; 9/14/11

Patient focus groups help improve service
Leaders of Henry Ford Hospital and others meet and talk with patients to make sure care is on track.
Full story; The Detroit News; 9/14/11

Ascension, Alexian Brothers ink deal for hospitals, senior care facilities
The deal will add Alexian Brothers' Illionis hospitals and a network of other facilities and services to Ascension's portfolio, including its senior care facilities in St. Louis. Alexian Brothers Landsdowne Village and Alexian Brothers Sherbrooke will become Ascension's first St. Louis-area facilities.
Full story; St. Louis Business Journal; 9/14/11

Texas Health, UT Southwestern collaborate on care
Texas Health to collaborate on projects that benefit patients by delivering more efficient, integrated and affordable care.
Full story; Dallas Business Journal; 9/14/11

Catholic Health Partners earns spot on Top Technology Innovators Across America list
Catholic Health Partners made this year's InformationWeek 500, an annual listing of the nation's most innovative users of business technology.
Full story; Catholic Health Partners; 9/14/11

Le Bonheur docs separate conjoined twins
A set of conjoined twins born in Memphis has been successfully separated by Le Bonheur Children's Hospital doctors.
Full story; Memphis Business Journal; 9/14/11

Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center: A behind the scenes tour
The new cancer center will bring 300 new jobs to the area. The center opens at the end of September.
Full story; Phoenix Business Journal; 9/13/11

Memorial Healthcare System shows better profits
Memorial Healthcare showed strong profits in the first quarter of its fiscal year.
Full story; South Florida Business Journal; 9/12/11

Harper, Alexian Brothers speak same language
Thanks to a donation from Alexian Brothers Health System, Harper College expects to meet one of the region's biggest healthcare needs by producing more bilingual nurses.
Full story; nurse.com; 9/12/11

Banner cancer center expects influx
The early interest in the center has Banner Health CEO Peter Fine and his staff talking about plans to expand the facility, which is 133,000 square feet. But Fine acknowledges that metro Phoenix patients will be the ultimate judge of how quickly the center grows.
Full story; The Arizona Republic; 9/12/11

Three Detroit health systems apply for program to manage Medicare costs
The Detroit Medical Center, Henry Ford Health System and the University of Michigan Health System apply to be among the first networks of hospitals and doctors nationwide to work to improve quality and lower costs for seniors receiving Medicare.
Full story; The Detroit News; 9/10/11

Carolinas HealthCare gets OK for Fort Mill hospital
The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control chose the Charlotte-based system to build a $77.5 million facility just north of the Catawba River.
Full story; Charlotte Business Journal; 9/9/11

Sun Health, Banner Health partnership fits local healthcare needs
Sun Health and Banner Health formed a partnership, designed to enhance healthcare. In just a short time, the two have discovered how well their nonprofit missions complement one another.
Full story; Your West Valley; 9/8/11

The cost of savings
Several leaders from Premier member hospitals share their thoughts on the complicated nature of healthcare reform and what the government should do next.
Full story; The Hill; 9/8/11

IHI's Safety Across the System drives quick change at CHP hospitals
With input from coaches from the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, staff members are working through checklists of best practices, ranging from the proper places for patient intercom devices to procedures for therapists and nurses during patient handoffs.
Full story; www.chausa.org; 9/8/11

Mark Slyter named CEO of Baptist Health Systems
Mark Slyter has been named CEO of Baptist Health Systems, replacing Kurt Metzner, who retired August 31.
Full story; Baptist Health Systems; 9/8/11

Children's Hospital president: We must rein in costs
The president of Children's Hospital Boston explains that a failure to rein in healthcare costs could jeopardize the system of excellent care in Massachusetts.
Full story; Boston Business Journal; 9/7/11

TriHealth and Cincinnati fire department form partnership to provide better care
The Cincinnati Fire Department and TriHealth have started a partnership. The announcement, made at Good Samaritan Hospital, detailed the health organization's donation of equipment to speed up the process of transmitting patient information to doctors.
Full story; WCPO; 9/6/11

Catholic Healthcare West and others join experiment in improving patient healthcare
Catholic Healthcare West joins effort to improve patient care. The goal is to reduce costs and improve quality.
Full story; San Francisco Chronicle; 9/5/11

Deep brain stimulation holds promise for people with Parkinson's, depression and more
A doctor with Henry Ford Health System discusses the next frontier of deep brain stimulation.
Full story; Detroit Free Press; 9/3/11

CHP to share valuable info on new advocacy and government relations blog
Catholic Health Partners, the largest health system in Ohio, has started a new blog to help keep you up-to-date about legislative and regulatory matters affecting healthcare.
Full story; Catholic Health Partners; 9/3/11

Bamberg and Barnwell County Hospitals working on a sale
Bamberg and Barnwell County Hospitals will submit to a court approved reorganization of debts and sell their existing hospital operations to an affiliate.
Full story; The Times and Democrat; 9/2/11

5 ways a patient portal can help an orthopedic practice
At the Cleveland Clinic, which has had a patient portal for two years, 25 percent of the patients are now using the system. The clinic reports that the most active user segment is women between 40-60 years old.
Full story; Becker's Orthopedic and Spine; 9/2/11

Adventist discusses new CEO appointments
Adventist Health announces CEO appointments for Frank R. Howard Memorial Hospital and Ukiah Valley Medical Center.
Full story; Adventist Health; 9/2/11

Vanguard partners with Valley Baptist
Vanguard Health Systems has finalized terms of its joint venture with Valley Baptist Health System at a price tag of $210 million.
Full story; The Brownsville Herald; 9/1/11

Lawrence & Memorial, Westerly hospitals exploring merger
Lawrence & Memorial Hospital executives are in talks with counterparts at The Westerly Hospital about a possible strategic alliance that could lead to a merger.
Full story; Norwich Bulletin; 9/1/11

FirstHealth names David Kilarski as new CEO
The Board of Directors of FirstHealth of the Carolinas has selected David Kilarski as the new Chief Executive Officer of FirstHealth of the Carolinas.
Full story; FirstHealth of the Carolinas; 9/1/11

SSM names Becker president of St. Mary's
SSM St. Mary's Health Center named Kathleen Becker as its new president.
Full story; St. Louis Business Journal; 9/1/11

August 2011

Carolinas Medical Center taps Philly doctor Charles Bridges for surgery post
Carolinas Medical Center has named Dr. Charles Bridges to lead its department of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery.
Full story; Charlotte Business Journal; 8/31/11

Texas Children's heart transplant teenager heads home
The first teenager to receive an artificial heart transplant has been cleared to go home by Texas Children's Hospital.
Full story; Houston Business Journal; 8/31/11

Carolinas HealthCare System develops mobile app to improve access to care
The application allows patients to find a CMC location and directions, retrieve contact information and check on wait times. Patients can also search for a physician.
Full story; Becker's Hospital Review; 8/31/11

At Marshfield Clinic, EHRs and quality reporting result in shared savings
Marshfield Clinic in Wisconsin was one of two large physician groups of 10 participants in a federal quality improvement demonstration project that received shared savings during each of the five performance years.
Full story; HealthLeaders Media; 8/30/11

Mayo, Cleveland Clinics look to network with physician practices
Prominent healthcare systems have announced plans to affiliate with outside physician practices.
Full story; Healthcare Finance News; 8/30/11

Methodist Health's $135M expansion to create 250 jobs
System improvements will include Methodist Dallas, the system's largest hospital, receiving $108 million to expand its emergency, critical care and surgery departments. The system will add a six-story trauma, critical and surgical care tower.
Full story; Dallas Business Journal; 8/30/11

Avera fights pharmacist shortages with an e-solution
Deanna Larson, Vice President of Avera Health, talks about Avera's e-pharmacy system, which earned it a 2011 Most Wired Innovator Award.
Full story; Hospitals & Health Networks; 8/29/11

Catholic Healthcare West, forging the way
Blue Shield of California is midway through the second year of its accountable care pilot with Catholic Healthcare West.
Full story (subscription may be required); Modern Healthcare; 8/29/11

El Camino names Tomi Ryba hospital CEO
Tomi Ryba will start at El Camino in October. She is currently president of United Hospital in St. Paul, Minn.
Full story; San Jose Business Journal; 8/26/11

MSHA submits pioneer ACO application
Mountain States Health Alliance, a 13-hospital system based in Johnson City, Tenn., has submitted an application to the CMS to participate in the Pioneer accountable care organization program.
Full story; HealthLeaders Media; 8/26/11

Hospital sees drop in readmissions after new initiative
An initiative at Charleston Area Medical Center to reduce readmission rates is showing early success.
Full story; Charleston Daily Mail; 8/25/11

Telehealth awards to help California organizations reach remote, at-risk populations
Fifteen community organizations across California are receiving more than $5 million in funding to improve telehealth access to some of the state's most underserved populations, with a goal of improving access to healthcare and reducing costs.
Full story; Healthcare Finance News; 8/24/11

Grandview Medical Center eyes $40 million upgrade
Grandview Medical Center has launched a $40 million investment campaign that will improve its services and revitalize the downtown Dayton facility.
Full story; Dayton Business Journal; 8/24/11

Carolinas HealthCare launches newscast
Carolinas HealthCare System has created a newscast about the company's physicians, employees and patients. The weekly program, CHS Network News, is being posted Mondays on the system's website and YouTube channel, as well as its Facebook and Twitter pages.
Full story; Charlotte Business Journal; 8/24/11

New Facebook pages give insights into advocacy, diversity, CHP Foundation
Extremely busy, but want to know more about laws and regulations affecting Catholic Health Partners and healthcare in general? About diversity efforts at CHP? Or about a foundation that helps CHP carry out its ministry?
Full story; CHP website; 8/24/11

Cleveland Clinic names new head of ACMC Healthcare System affiliate
Cleveland Clinic officials have named Michael Habowski as head of ACMC Healthcare System, the Clinic's affiliate in Ashtabula County.
Full story; Crain's Cleveland Business; 8/23/11

GBMC signs four doctors to new care network
Four doctors have become the charter members of a health care network that Greater Baltimore Medical Center is building to promote better and more affordable care.
Full story; Baltimore Business Journal; 8/23/11

St. Joseph's women's hospital in Tampa opens $75 million expansion
St. Joseph's Women's Hospital has opened its $75 million 64-suite neonatal intensive care unit, which houses 15 Level II and 49 Level III beds, the Tampa, Fla. hospital announced.
Full story; HealthLeaders Media; 8/23/11

Medicare spending slows as hospitals improve care
Medicare spending growth has been slowing noticeably. Some evidence suggests it may be a shift toward value in the healthcare sector as hospitals are trying to become more efficient. That's the discussion taking place in the strategic planning process at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York.
Full story; Bloomberg; 8/23/11

Cleveland Clinic studying iPad app to screen for concussions
Cleveland Clinic biomedical engineer Jay Alberts is piloting a study to measure the effects of athlete head injuries using an unorthodox screening tool: the iPad 2.
Full story; Cleveland.com; 8/23/11

Methodist Health to spend $135 million to expand two Dallas hospitals
Two southern Dallas County hospitals in the Methodist Health System will receive a total of $135 million in expansion and renovations.
Full story; Dallas Business Journal; 8/23/11

Hospital-related infections drop under California initiative
Scores of California hospitals, under pressure to reduce infections that kill an estimated 12,000 patients every year, say they have managed to cut costs and save lives through an initiative that has nurses and doctors redoubling efforts to prevent deadly germs from taking root. "We're definitely making progress," said Dr. Philip Robinson, who oversees infection prevention at Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian in Newport Beach.
Full story; Los Angeles Times; 8/23/11

Orlando hospitals get funding for 42 new residents
Florida Hospital got funding for 37 new medical residents, the second most in the state, with 75 percent being in primary care. The hospital currently has 141 residency slots and hopes to grow to about 200 in the next five years, said Lee Johnson, Florida Hospital's vice president for graduate medical education.
Full story; Orlando Business Journal; 8/22/11

Wii new hospital rehab tool
Mercy Hospital has added Wii games to the rehab regime for its joint-replacement patients.
Full story; Alegent Health News; 8/22/11

2011 Top Leadership Team Awards recognize big moves, Banner named
Banner Health named as having a leadership team that made significant changes to their organization.
Full story; HealthLeaders Media; 8/22/11

Nuns, a 'dying breed,' fade from leadership roles at catholic hospitals
SSM, which is now led by William Thompson, a Catholic layman and longtime company executive, had been the largest Catholic health system still managed by a nun.
Full story; The New York Times; 8/20/11

St. Elizabeth Healthcare unveils new app for iPhone, iPad
The application helps users find emergency rooms, after-hours clinics and St. Elizabeth locations as well as doctors who are affiliated with the company.
Full story; The Business Courier; 8/20/11

Banner Health hospitals offering Parkinson's brain scan
Banner Health is offering a new brain scan for Parkinson's disease, allowing patients to begin treatment earlier.
Full story; Phoenix Business Journal; 8/18/11

Terry Burns hired as president of Greene Memorial Hospital
Terry Burns will take the reins as president of Greene Memorial Hospital. Burns is the former vice president of finance and operations at Kettering Medical Center Kettering Medical Center.
Full story; Dayton Business Journal; 8/17/11

TriHealth saves $4.1M through supply chain effort  
TriHealth Inc. saved $4.1 million as part of a national supply chain initiative. In all, hospitals participating in the Premier's ASCEND program saved more than $56 million in two years.
Full story; The Business Journal; 8/17/11

Norton to create women's, children's hospital
Officials announce a $120 million project that will include the creation of a new women's and children's hospital to be developed at Norton Suburban Hospital in St. Matthews.
Full story; Business First; 8/17/11

Geisinger researchers create new PTSD tool
Geisinger Health System researchers have developed a new post-traumatic stress disorder prediction tool they say is simple to administer and appears to outperform other screening methods.
Full story; Healthcare IT News; 8/17/11

When a doctor isn't enough
At Presbyterian Healthcare Services in Albuquerque, a team of nurse navigators help steer cancer patients through the medical-system maze.
Full story; The Wall Street Journal; 8/17/11

Florida Hospital gets magnet nursing status
Florida Hospital is now one of only 7 percent of hospitals nationwide to get magnet status from the American Nurses Credentialing Center.
Full story; Orlando Business Journal; 8/16/11

Consumer Reports names Alegent Health as three star for heart surgery
Alegent Health's Heart & Vascular Institute at Bergan Mercy Medical Center receives a three star rating.
Full story; Omaha.com; 8/16/11

What's next at Florida Hospital Celebration
Florida Hospital officials explain that on all floors of their new patient tower there's a virtual concierge, a Star Trek-looking kiosk where you can talk real-time to the hospital's concierge.
Full story; Orlando Business Journal; 8/15/11

Carolinas Kids Cancer Research Coalition
Carolinas HealthCare System's Pediatric Hematology and Oncology Center at Levine Children's Hospital discusses some of their clinical trials for children diagnosed with cancer.
Full story; WSOC; 8/15/11

UnionVillage Campus will replace St. Rose Dominican Hospital
The old Rose de Lima campus presently located in Henderson a suburb in southeast Las Vegas and owned by St. Rose Dominican Hospital will soon get replaced by a novel healthcare campus.
Full story; azobuild.com; 8/15/11

Memorial Healthcare System finishes healthy fiscal year
Memorial Healthcare System has a solid fiscal year.
Full story; South Florida Business Journal; 8/15/11

Medicaid cuts may limit care for new 2014 enrollees
Dr. Gary Kalkut, chief medical officer at Montefiore Medical Center, explains that with more and more Medicaid cuts, at some point, cuts will impair the delivery of services.
Full story; Reuters; 8/11/11

St. Joe's surgeon helps save 34-year-old mandrill at Phoenix Zoo
It took a team of specialists at the Phoenix Zoo to remove a kidney from a mandrill, including the help of Dr. Brian deGuzman, associate chief of cardiovascular surgery at St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center.
Full story; Phoenix Business Journal; 8/11/11

Audrey Moran to become Baptist Health executive
Former Jacksonville mayoral candidate Audrey Moran has accepted a newly created senior executive position at Baptist Health.
Full story; Jacksonville Business Journal; 8/11/11

Geisinger on "bending the cost curve"
Supply chain innovations bring Geisinger Health System $20 million in savings and counting.
Full story; Hospitals & Health Networks; 8/11/11

Cut costs by reducing redundant or inefficient activity
How Avera McKennan and others were able to avoid any new layoffs.
Full story; Hospitals & Health Networks; 8/11/11

Henry Ford Hospital's brain tumor center, new imaging tool helps improve patient care
Officials with Hermelin Brain Tumor Center at Henry Ford Hospital describe a new machine that gives doctors a real-time image of the brain. Learn how it is helping patients.
Full story; Action for Better Healthcare; 8/11/11

Hospitals are designed more like hotels to improve patient care
The new St. Mary's Janesville Hospital, Edgerton Hospital and Health Services and the remodeled Mercy Hospital and Trauma Center are following an industry buzz phrase: evidence-based design.
Full story; Gazettextra.com; 8/10/11

Peninsula Regional participates in national conference to prevent harm and readmissions
Peninsula Regional Medical Center joins other healthcare leaders and shares proven strategies and best practices to prevent harm, and reduce readmissions and costs while providing the best patient experience.
Full story; Peninsula.org; 8/10/11

Florida Hospital DeLand gets CT scan accreditation
Florida Hospital DeLand has received a three-year accreditation for its cat scan program by the American College of Radiology.
Full story; Orlando Business Journal; 8/10/11

Norton, Humana Commercial ACO notches cost savings
Norton, with five hospitals and more than 2,000 physicians, and health plan Humana, headquartered in Louisville but with 10 million members nationwide, began discussions of forming an ACO in 2009.
Full story; HealthLeaders Media; 8/8/11

Hospitals purchasing cutting-edge, hybrid operating rooms
Henry Ford Hospital and Detroit Medical Center explore hybrid operating rooms.
Full story; Detroit Free Press; 8/7/11

SSM Health Care and other hospitals thriving in rough economy
Executives at SSM Health Care chalk up their positive results largely to the development of outpatient centers and improved hospital efficiencies.
Full story; stltoday.com; 8/7/11

St. Joseph's Women's Hospital unveils $75M expansion
Patients are expected to move into a $75 million, 125,000-square-foot expansion at St. Joseph's Women's Hospital this month.
Full story; Tampa Bay Business Journal; 8/5/11

Tetz Named Interim CEO of Glendale Adventist Medical Center
Warren Tetz, has been named interim president and CEO of Glendale Adventist Medical Center.
Full story; Adventist Health; 8/5/11

Growing research validates healing power of faith
Henry Ford Medical Center doctor is known as one of the best when it comes to healing.
Full story; Detroit Free Press; 8/4/11

Banner completes state electronic medical records system
Banner uses computerized alerts that will bring to the attention of a nurse or physician subtle changes occurring in a patient's condition as well as information on evidence-based treatments that a clinician can consider to deal with these changes.
Full story; The Fort Morgan Times; 8/4/11

Small hospitals can't afford to skimp on tech
Elizabethtown Community Hospital finds opportunities for tech improvements, according to their CEO.
Full story; HealthLeaders Media; 8/3/11

Peninsula Regional recognized as a most connected hospital by U.S. News
Peninsula Regional Medical Center was recently named one of America's Most Connected Hospitals by U.S. News & World Report in their annual 2011-2012 Best Hospitals Report.
Full story; Peninsula Regional Medical Center; 8/3/11

Donation to go toward scholarship fund for bilingual nurses
A new scholarship program for bilingual students who enroll in a nursing program is coming to Harper College, thanks to a $100,000 donation by Alexian Brothers Health Systems.
Full story; Chicago Tribune; 8/2/11

ERs move to speed care; Not everyone needs a bed
Door to Doc, which includes a model hospitals can use to match staffing levels to peak-demand periods, was developed by Banner Health.
Full story; The Wall Street Journal; 8/2/11

Fairview adding primary-care clinic in south metro
Fairview explains the clinic will include an Institute for Athletic Medicine facility where patients can get rehabilitation services following illness, injury or surgery.
Full story; Minneapolis Business Journal; 8/2/11

Healthcare partnership pays big dividends
The collaboration among Blue Shield of California, Catholic Healthcare West and Hill Physicians Medical Group shaved more than $20 million in costs last year and prevented an insurance rate hike.
Full story; The Los Angeles Times; 8/1/11

Kona Community, Hilo Medical get Level III trauma status
Kona Community Hospital and Hilo Medical have been recognized as Level III trauma centers by the Hawaii Department of Health.
Full story; Pacific Business News; 8/1/11

Catholic Health Partners CEO panelist in webcast about hospital leadership
Michael Connelly, president and CEO of Catholic Health Partners, will join two other panelists in a Modern Healthcare webcast about healthcare leadership on Wednesday, August 17.
Full story; Catholic Health Partners; 8/1/11

Excela Health prepares for growth
Citing anticipated growth in cardiology and bariatric services, Greensburg-based Excela Health announced on Monday that it would add 16 doctors in 2012 plus create 24 immediate openings for full-time nurses.
Full story; Pittsburgh Business Times; 8/1/11

Children's opens new pediatric intensive care unit
Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota said Friday it will open its new Children's Hospital Association Pediatric Intensive Care Unit in St. Paul to patients in early August.
Full story; Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal; 8/1/11

Shamokin Hospital, Geisinger merger receives state approval
The merger and integration of Shamokin Area Community Hospital into Geisinger Medical Center has received final approval from the Pennsylvania Attorney General and the Pennsylvania Department of Health.
Full story; The Daily Item; 8/1/11

Blue Shield of California, St. Joseph Health to launch ACO
Blue Shield of California and St. Joseph Health System announced an accountable care initiative, set to launch January 1, 2012.
Full story; Healthcare Finance News; 8/1/11

July 2011

Anne Arundel joins challenge to serve up more local foods
Anne Arundel Medical Center talks with local farmers and representatives from the state Department of Agriculture about the benefits of buying food locally.
Full story; hometownannapolis.com; 7/29/11

Cleveland teaching hospitals brace for hit from proposed federal budget cuts
A doctor with Cleveland Clinic explains a minority of hospitals nationwide, 6 percent, train 100 percent of all doctors in the United States. Yet, these teaching hospitals are taking the hit.
Full story; cleveland.com; 7/29/11

Hartford Hospital VP Jeffrey Flaks Named CEO
Hartford Hospital names Jeffrey Flaks president and chief executive officer, starting August 1.
Full story; courant.com; 7/29/11

Catholic Health Partners names chief medical information officer
Stephen Beck, M.D., has been named chief medical information officer at Catholic Health Partners after having served in that role on an interim basis since the end of June.
Full story; CHP website; 7/28/11

SSM Health Care St. Louis names Howard next president, CEO
SSM Health Care St. Louis announces Chris Howard its president and CEO designate, effective September 4.
Full story; St. Louis Business Journal; 7/28/11

Olean cardiac program awaits approval
Emergency cardiac services will be offered soon through a joint project by Buffalo General Hospital and Olean General Hospital.
Full story; Buffalo Business First; 7/28/11

Thomas Jefferson University president Barchi leaving
Dr. Robert Barchi explains he is stepping down as president of Thomas Jefferson University at the end of his current term in June 2012.
Full story; Philadelphia Business Journal; 7/28/11

Allegheny General Hospital achieves heart transplant success
Allegheny General Hospital's heart transplant program has the highest one-year survival rate of any transplantation program in Pennsylvania and a success rate that exceeds the national average.
Full story; Pittsburgh Business Times; 7/27/11

Banner hospitals earn "Best Hospitals" ranking
Four East Valley Banner Health hospitals were identified in U.S. News & World Report's Phoenix-metropolitan area Best Hospitals rankings.
Full story; Gold Canyon Today; 7/26/11

Keeping patients from returning to hospital
Thomas Jefferson University Hospital works to keep patients from returning to the hospital.
Full story; philly.com; 7/26/11

Memorial Regional honored for commitment to quality
The 2011 American Hospital Association-McKesson Quest for Quality Prize was awarded to Memorial Regional Hospital.
Full story; American Hospital Association; 7/25/11

Health system explores affiliation with new partner
Northern Michigan Regional Health System and McLaren Health Care, which is based in Flint, have signed a letter of intent to explore a potential partnership.
Full story; Petoskey News; 7/25/11

Cleveland Clinic leads in EHR area
By 2010, Cleveland Clinic found a way to send home care data into its Epic enterprise EHR so that physicians caring for patients could view it. Only a few others in the country have made similar strides.
Full story; Fierce Health IT; 7/25/11

U.S. News ranks 5 Michigan hospitals "Most Connected" - all 5 are DMC
Five DMC hospitals are named as the only hospitals in Michigan that are among the nation's most connected. The listing affirms DMC as a leader statewide and nationally in its use of electronic medical records.
Full story; CBS Detroit; 7/25/11

New Baptist Wolfson patient tower nearly complete
The 340,000-square-foot patient tower will be finished in December 2012. The facility will provide a mix of adult and pediatric services.
Full story; Jacksonville Business Journal; 7/23/11

Carolinas HealthCare adds to plan for Huntersville facility
Carolinas HealthCare plans for additional inpatient psychiatric-care beds in Huntersville.
Full story; Charlotte Business Journal; 7/22/11

Tufts Medical Center taps new CEO
Tufts Medical Center has tapped Eric J. Beyer, an insider who built up its doctors group over the past five years, to be chief executive of the 415-bed Boston hospital.
Full story; The Boston Globe; 7/22/11

Corcoran hospital weighs private takeover
Corcoran District Hospital is considering a partnership with Adventist Health.
Full story; Hanford Sentinel; 7/21/11

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center retains top ranking in US News & World Report annual survey
For the fifth straight year, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center is the leading hospital in the nation for cancer care, according to the "Best Hospitals" survey published annually by U.S. News & World Report magazine.
Full story; MD Anderson Cancer Center website; 7/21/11

Detroit Medical Center hospitals named expert in 20 specialties
Five DMC hospitals have been recognized by U.S. News & World Report as leaders in 20 specialties and sub-specialties.
Full story; Detroit Medical Center; 7/21/11

Sharp HealthCare message, reality-TV style
Each year since 2001, Sharp HealthCare has produced a 30-minute program that tells five stories, in the style of a medical reality show that aims to portray the five-hospital system as a place that cares for its patients both medically and personally.
Full story; Sign On San Diego; 7/20/11

Geisinger, CMC make plans to merge
Community Medical Center and Geisinger Health Systems are planning a merger that sources say could lead to $158 million in capital improvements to the Scranton hospital.
Full story; The Times Tribune; 7/19/11

Texas Children's Hospital uses laser surgery for epilepsy
Houston pediatric doctors have begun treating difficult epilepsy cases with laser surgery, a safer, less invasive alternative to opening the skull and cutting out brain lesions that cause the disease.
Full story; HealthLeaders Media; 7/19/11

New Cleveland Clinic hospital opens
The Cleveland Clinic is celebrating the opening of its new Family Health and Surgery Center.
Full story; WTAM; 7/19/11

TriHealth forms venture with Vantage Oncology
The venture will manage the radiation oncology services of the TriHealth Cancer Institute and Vantage Oncology's Cincinnati outpatient radiation oncology centers.
Full story; Business Courier; 7/19/11

Adventist Health restructures northern California region
As a result of growth and pending business opportunities, Adventist Health has created the Northern California Network.
Full story; Adventist Health; 7/18/11

Memorial in Hollywood named top hospital for improving quality
Memorial Regional in Hollywood has been named the top hospital in the nation for its efforts to improve its medical care, in the 10th annual Quest for Quality award from the American Hospital Association.
Full story; Sun Sentinel; 7/18/11

Sharp HealthCare to build new healthcare facility with Citi Financing
Citi Community Capital, Lowe Economic Development Company and The East Los Angeles Community Union will provide $39.7 million to assist Sharp HealthCare to build a new 68,350-square feet healthcare facility in downtown San Diego.
Full story; MarketWatch; 7/18/11

Hospital quality requires leader partnership, patient engagement
Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood, Fla., the winner of the 2011 American Hospital Association-McKesson Quest for Quality Prize, engages staff including medical professionals and front-line employees, in initiatives such as post-discharge phone calls to patients.
Full story; FierceHealthcare; 7/18/11

Hospital system, citing costs, hones in on employees' health
Three years or so ago, Baptist Health South Florida, which is self-insured, launched Wellness Advantage, a program that seeks to better the health of its own 14,700 workforce. After year one, the program actually increased costs by 4 percent, because more of their employees saw doctors and took more prescription medications. The second year health costs stayed level. But in the third year, the last one measured, they saw a 30 percent reduction in overall spending.
Full story; HealthLeaders Media; 7/18/11

NCH Healthcare System wins "Telly" Award for TV, video and film production in overall campaign category
NCH Healthcare System of Naples, Fla. was competing against every non-profit hospital in the nation, regardless of size, as well as major national organizations, foundations and corporations.
Full story; Straight Talk; 7/17/11

With Warren Hospital on life support, St. Luke's hopes to give shot at recovery
Warren Hospital's application to become a member of St. Luke's Health Network represents the end of its financial rope, faced with an overwhelming debt of more than $67 million.
Full story; LeighValley; 7/17/11

Kirby named CEO at Hendersonville Hospital
An administrator who had been with Self Regional Healthcare the past nine years has been named the new President and CEO of Pardee Hospital in Hendersonville, N.C.
Full story; GwdToday; 7/16/11

South Florida hospitals' profits up 48 percent
Overall, net operating revenue increased to $11.3 billion in 2010 from $10.8 billion in 2009. A good portion of that came from Baptist Health South Florida, which overtook HCA as the largest revenue-generating hospital chain in South Florida. Mount Sinai Medical Center also double their profitability.
Full story; South Florida Business Journal; 7/15/11

WellStar hospital to create 300 new jobs in Georgia
WellStar Health System - one of metro Atlanta's largest medical providers - plans to replace its aging Paulding County hospital with a new 112-bed, $125 million facility to help meet the need of a rapidly growing population.
Full story; HealthLeaders Media; 7/14/11

East and West Jefferson General end pre-term elective births
East and West Jefferson General Hospitals have agreed to end elective births for any woman whose child is short of 39 weeks gestation, about a week shy of full term.
Full story; Nola.com; 7/14/11

PRMC named one of America's Most Wired hospitals
Peninsula Regional Medical Center is named among most wired in country.
Full story; Peninsula Regional; 7/14/11

Evergreen Hospital selected for medical home pilot
Evergreen Hospital announced its selection to participate in the Multi-Payer Medical Home Reimbursement Pilot, a nationwide, model program launched May 1 that seeks to fundamentally improve the quality of primary patient care.
Full story; Healthcare Finance News; 7/14/11

Premier members discuss "Most Wired 2011" award
Peninsula Regional Medical Center, Detroit Medical Center and others have been on a seemingly never-ending information technology journey. The mission: to use high-tech systems to improve the quality and safety of patient care.
Full story; Hospitals & Health Networks; 7/14/11

Adventist employee loses 50 pounds, wins free health insurance for a year
After losing more than 50 pounds in just 15 weeks, a computing specialist recently won a year of free health insurance valued at more than $1,200 from his employer.
Full story; Chicago Tribune; 7/14/11

From output to outcomes: making the difficult transition
Executive vice president and chief medical officer for Bon Secours Health System Inc., Marlon Priest, MD, credits the system's participation in the CMS/Premier Hospital Quality Incentive Demonstration project for sparking the transition toward quality and value.
Full story; HealthLeaders Media; 7/13/11

Lessons from Ascension Health's community collaboratives
Learn more about seven communities where Ascension Health collaborated with other safety-net providers and organizations to achieve better healthcare results for patients.
Full story; Health Affairs; 7/13/11

Cleveland Clinic's new emergency facility opens
Cleveland Clinic is preparing department personnel for a typical busy day in the new emergency room.
Full story; Aurora Advocate; 7/12/11

Adventist to be part of health info exchange program
Adventist and others will participate in a statewide health information exchange program.
Full story; Orlando Business Journal; 7/12/11

Cleveland Clinic hotel on main campus undergoes wellness renovation
Banking on a continuation of the medical tourism trend, a hotel on Cleveland Clinic's main campus is undergoing a multimillion-dollar renovation that'll transform it into a "wellness hotel."
Full story; MedCity News; 7/12/11

How to redesign the EMR user experience
Seattle Children's Hospital enlists product design firm to engineer prototype patient information viewer for better communication.
Full story; Information Week; 7/11/11

Bon Secours named among America's 20 most beautiful hospitals
Bon Secours St. Francis Medical Center has been named America's Most Beautiful Hospital by a poll of Soliant.com visitors.
Full story; Healthcare Finance News; 7/11/11

Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital to open freestanding hospital
Since its inception, Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital has experienced tremendous growth and has evolved into a specialized care facility for children.
Full story; Fierce Healthcare; 7/11/11

Henry Ford Hospital doctor discusses the myth of the allergy-free dog
Dr. Cole, an epidemiologist at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, says you can't be assured that some breed is going to produce less allergen than another.
Full story; The New York Times; 7/11/11

Groups fight to build Fort Mill's first hospital
Tenet Healthcare, Novant Health and Carolinas HealthCare System plan to file the last required paperwork in their bids to be the main healthcare provider in northern York County, S.C.
Full story; Charlotte Observer; 7/10/11

Alexian appoints CEO of mental health hospital
Alexian Brothers Health System has promoted Clayton Ciha to president and CEO of its psychiatric hospital.
Full story; Chicago Business; 7/8/11

Revolutionizing rounds: An Aria Health ROI case study
On Tuesday, July 19th, Aria Health will offer a free webinar to demonstrate how they are revolutionizing rounds and tracers by implementing iRound, a mobile data collection and management solution. Learn how iPhones and iPads are changing the way care is delivered to patients. Click below to register for this educational webinar.
Full story; Aria Health; 7/8/11

New Cleveland Clinic, Dr. Oz website tackles the science of beauty
Those running this new site say their job is to gather the best science and make it accessible and actionable for the average consumer.
Full story; MedCity News; 7/8/11

Two Baptist Express Care locations to open
Two new Baptist Express Care locations will open this month in Wal-mart stores.
Full story; Business First; 7/7/11

Mon Health System appoints new COO
Linda Ollis has taken over as Monongalia General Hospital's chief operating officer.
Full story; AP; 7/7/11

Banner Health decides to discontinue elective c-sections
Based on the latest research, Banner Health decides to end elective c-sections. Experts say it will improve health outcomes for newborns.
Full story; Action for Better Healthcare; 7/7/11

SSM hospital uses new method to diagnose lung cancer in its earliest stages
SSM St. Joseph is now utilizing CT scans to help diagnose lung cancer.
Full story; stlmag.com; 7/6/11

Victoria W. Bayless assumes role of chief executive officer of Anne Arundel Health System
On July 1, 2011, Victoria W. Bayless became chief executive officer of Anne Arundel Health System and brings to her role a new vision for the health system. Bayless has been president of AAHS since 2009 and its chief operating officer since 2006.
Full story; AAHS website; 7/6/11

Medicine shortage hits home
For the past 18 to 20 months, Joseph Morrissey, director of pharmacy services at Frederick Memorial Hospital, has dealt with critical medications being in short supply. By the end of this year, Coleen Cherici of Premier said, U.S. drug shortages could be nearly double that of last year.
Full story; The Frederick News-Post; 7/5/11

Disney gives hospitals advice on consumer service
The happiest place on earth is dispensing consumer service advice to hospitals, arguably the ones in need of it most. Florida Hospital for Children, an organization whose patient/family satisfaction scores jumped from the bottom 10 percent in the nation to the top 10 percent, used the Disney best practices.
Full story; FierceHealthcare; 7/5/11

Resurrection, Provena sign deal to merge
The deal between Chicago-based Resurrection Health Care, which operates six hospitals in Chicago and the adjacent suburbs, and Mokena-based Provena Health, which owns six hospitals in the Chicago suburbs and downstate, comes after several months of "exploratory talks" and a "formal due diligence."
Full story; The Chicago Tribune; 7/5/11

Ohio hospitals launch non-profit collaborative
EMH Healthcare, Parma Community General Hospital, and Southwest General Health System have announced jointly that they will share equal ownership of the newly created Community Health Collaborative, which they said is expected to improve the hospitals' buying power, and other efficiencies, and create a "base camp" for collaborative ventures among the three systems.
Full story; HealthLeaders Media; 7/5/11

Banner Health provides ICU care remotely
Healthcare companies such as Banner have turned increasingly to remote doctors to monitor their patients because of a shortage of critical-care specialists.
Full story; The Arizona Republic; 7/4/11

Hospitals making their mark
"Everybody in healthcare has been trying to play it as an individual sport," Michael Connelly chief executive officer of Catholic Health Partners, the biggest healthcare system in Ohio, says. "But it just got transformed into a team sport."
Full story; Cincinnati.com; 7/3/11

Aurora Memorial Medical Center earns honor
Premier granted honorable mentions to 10 Aurora Health Care facilities, including Aurora Sheboygan Memorial Medical Center, in the QUEST Award for High Value Healthcare.
Full story; Sheboyganpress.com; 7/3/11

Sharp study shows heart pumps work for older heart failure patients
Patients 70 years of age or older can have good functional recovery, survival and quality of life for at least two years after undergoing left ventricular assist device therapy for heart failure, according to the results of a clinical study at Sharp Memorial Hospital.
Full story; Sharp Memorial Hospital; 7/1/11

June 2011

A Cleveland Clinic lesson: Credit refund automation cuts costs and errors
Automating the credit refund process increases efficiency, reduces errors and improves patient satisfaction, according to Suzanne Tschetter, director of patient financial services for the Cleveland Clinic Health System.
Full story; Healthcare Finance News; 6/28/11

Dean resigns to accept role at Centura Health
Morre Dean has announced his resignation as president and chief executive officer (CEO) of Glendale Adventist Medical Center.
Full story; Adventist Health; 6/30/11

PRMC receives physician CME accreditation with commendation
PRMC was grated Accreditation with Commendation, and is the first MedChi Accredited Provider System CME program in the state of Maryland to receive the honor.
Full story; Peninsula Regional Medical Center; 6/30/11

Billings Clinic called pioneer for approach at reducing MRSA rates
Billings Clinic has reduced by 60 percent its overall rate of potentially deadly MRSA infections, one of the most common, costly and difficult-to-beat hospital-acquired infections.
Full story; Billings Gazette; 6/29/11

Avoid overreaction in crisis says SSM Health Care
SSM Health Care executive explains investment strategy following upheaval in market.
Full story; Modern Healthcare; 6/29/11

Six Carolinas HealthCare System hospitals recognized for providing an outstanding inpatient experience
Carolinas Medical Center has demonstrated impressive inpatient performance across multiple hospitals.
Full story; MMD Newswire; 6/29/11

CHP discusses physician pay
Roger Logan of Catholic Health Partners discusses ways to tie physician pay to quality, clinical and outcomes measures.
Full story; Catholic Health Partners; 6/29/11

West Penn Hospital would have closed without Highmark deal
Highmark announces today it is acquiring West Penn Allegheny.
Full story; Pittsburgh Tribune Review; 6/28/11

John C. Lincoln to stage breast wellness event
John C. Lincoln Breast Health and Research Center is teaming with The Wellness Community Arizona to offer a free Breast Health and Wellness Expo on June 30.
Full story; Phoenix Business Journal; 6/28/11

First paired donation kidney transplants in Tennessee at Methodist University Hospital in Memphis
The Methodist University Hospital Transplant Institute is the only center in the Mid-South that is partnering with other key players to offer paired donations.
Full story; Methodist Healthcare; 6/28/11

Bon Secours aims to reduce cost per case by 10 percent
A major component of the Bon Secours initiative, named Clinical Transformation, is on reducing cost per case by targeting waste, preventing errors, and reducing unnecessary utilization.
Full story; HFMA Conference; 6/28/11

Methodist CEO to resign; Debbie Simon named interim CEO
Michael Bryant's 12 years as Methodist CEO have been a period of tremendous growth. Bryant has led Methodist to a position of excellence.
Full story; Methodist; 6/28/11

Expansion at Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center
A new radiology suite and surgical department expansion are among the highlights of $6.7 million in projects planned for Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center.
Full story; Buffalo Business First; 6/28/11

Mercy Hospital honored by state group
Mercy Hospital receives 2011 Pinnacle Award for Quality and Patient Safety.
Full story; Buffalo Business First; 6/27/11

St. Anthony Hospital building 2 new campuses in Oklahoma City
St. Anthony is expanding its reach with two new campuses and freestanding emergency rooms.
Full story; NewsOk; 6/26/11

Barrow Neurological Institute, Phoenix Children's combine staffs
The two pediatric neurosciences programs are combining under the newly created Barrow Neurological Institute at Phoenix Children's Hospital.
Full story; Phoenix Business Journal; 6/24/11

Virginia, Tennessee hospitals save $1.2M via infection reductions
A hand washing "action plan" helps several hospitals cut infection rates.
Full story; Healthcare Finance News; 6/24/11

Banner Health stem-cell trial seeks to improve patients' poor leg circulation
Officials with Banner Health say the trial is for people who have used all of their medical options and the next stage would be amputation.
Full story; azcentral.com; 6/25/11

Geisinger Health and quality, not quantity
Geisinger Health Systems was founded in 1915 but is as adaptable and creative as a start-up. It has invented new ways to offer services to patients.
Full story; The Economist; 6/20/11

Elon honors Alamance Regional chief
John Currin Jr., CEO of Alamance Regional Medical Center, receives award for leadership.
Full story; The Business Journal; 6/23/11

Deal inked with St. Mary's
St. Mary's Hospital in Passaic has reached an agreement with a Brooklyn-based realty company to sell its Pennington Avenue complex.
Full story; northjersey.com; 6/24/11

Henry Ford Health System announces $250M goal
Henry Ford Health System announces the public phase of its Envision Campaign after its more quiet fundraising drive already has amassed more than $176 million.
Full story; The Detroit News; 6/23/11

Phoenix Children's Hospital, St. Joseph's merge pediatric programs
St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center and Phoenix Children's Hospital are combining their pediatric neuroscience programs under the newly formed Barrow Neurological Institute at Phoenix Children's Hospital.
Full story; Phoenix Business Journal; 6/22/11

Philadelphia's Albert Einstein Healthcare Network renames three hospitals
Philadelphia-based Albert Einstein Healthcare Network has renamed three hospitals as part of a system-wide rebranding initiative.
Full story; Becker's Hospital Review; 6/22/11

Geisinger and Bloomsburg Health System explore potential merger
Geisinger Health System and Bloomsburg Health System announce the signing of a non-binding letter of intent to explore the potential merger of Bloomsburg Health System into Geisinger Health System.
Full story; The Daily Item; 6/22/11

Phoenix Children's Hospital, St. Joseph's merge pediatric programs
St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center and Phoenix Children's Hospital are combining their pediatric neuroscience programs under the newly formed Barrow Neurological Institute at Phoenix Children's Hospital.
Full story; Phoenix Business Journal; 6/22/11

Philadelphia's Albert Einstein Healthcare Network renames three hospitals
Philadelphia-based Albert Einstein Healthcare Network has renamed three hospitals as part of a system-wide rebranding initiative.
Full story; Becker's Hospital Review; 6/22/11

Geisinger and Bloomsburg Health System explore potential merger
Geisinger Health System and Bloomsburg Health System announce the signing of a non-binding letter of intent to explore the potential merger of Bloomsburg Health System into Geisinger Health System.
Full story; The Daily Item; 6/22/11

Bethesda North Hospital recognized for excelling in high-value care delivery
Bethesda North Hospital, a TriHealth hospital, has been recognized by a national healthcare alliance for reducing harm, mortality and cost of care, while increasing patient satisfaction and adherence to clinical evidence.
Full story; TriHealth News; 6/21/11

St. Francis eastside receives QUEST Award for High Value Healthcare
St. Francis is one of six hospitals nationwide to receive the Premier inaugural QUEST Award for High Value Healthcare, reaching top performance thresholds over the past year.
Full story; Bon Secours St. Francis Health System; 6/21/11

Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Southwest recognized for patient safety in national performance project
This award highlights Texas Health Southwest's industry leading efforts to continuously improve patient safety and enhance care delivery.
Full story; Texas Health Resources; 6/19/11

Health career camp for students offered by Catholic Healthcare West
A weeklong summer health career camp for high school students is offered by one of Catholic Healthcare West's hospitals.
Full story; Recordnet.com; 6/19/11

Anne Arundel Health System's CEO announces retirement
Martin Doordan will retire as chief executive officer of Anne Arundel Health System at the end of the month.
Full story; Great Annapolis Patch; 6/19/11

Burns resigns from UVMC
Terry Burns announced his resignation as president and chief executive officer of Ukiah Valley Medical Center. Burns will leave UVMC and Adventist Health in mid-July to join Ohio-based Kettering Health Network, his former employer, as president of Greene Memorial Hospital.
Full story; The Ukiah Daily Journal; 6/18/11

Becker's Hospital Review names Methodist as a Great Community Hospital
Becker's Hospital Review has named Methodist Medical Center as one of its 65 Great Community Hospitals. Methodist is being recognized as one of the high-performing leaders in patient care, clinical quality and community outreach.
Full story; Methodist website; 6/16/11

Procedure offers relief for back pain in some
Spinal stenosis, or a narrowing of the spinal canal, is a common cause of pain that can make walking difficult. A new procedure gives some patients with back pain another option to avoid major surgery. "This is a very common cause of pain and disability in mainly elderly patients, but we can see it in younger patients," said Dr. Paul Kuzma, a neck and back pain specialist at First Health Moore Regional.
Full story; WRAL.com; 6/16/11

MUMC recognized nationally for supply expense performance
Memorial University Medical Center (MUMC) in Savannah, Georgia, is a winner of the Premier Healthcare Alliance's Fifth Annual Supply Chain Excellence Award. Of Premier's 2,500 members, only 26 received the award for superior supply expense performance.
Full story; The Creative Coast; 6/15/11

Leon Levine Foundation, Carolinas HealthCare support Samaritan House
Donations from The Leon Levine Foundation and the Carolinas HealthCare Foundation will support the purchase of a new facility for Charlotte's Samaritan House, a recuperative-care site for homeless individuals who have been released after a hospital stay or emergency-room visit.
Full story; Charlotte Business Journal; 6/15/11

PRMC recognized for excelling in high-value care delivery in nationwide collaborative
Peninsula Regional Medical Center (PRMC) in Salisbury, Maryland has been recognized by a national healthcare alliance for reducing mortality and cost of care while increasing adherence to clinical evidence.
Full story; PRMC website; 6/15/11

Burns resigns to accept role at Midwest Health Care System
Terry Burns announced his resignation as president and chief executive officer of Ukiah Valley Medical Center. Burns will join Ohio-based Kettering Health Network as president of Greene Memorial Hospital in Xenia and Soin Medical Center in Fairborn. Soin Medical Center is a new hospital scheduled for an early 2012 opening.
Full story; Adventist Health; 6/15/11

Catholic Health Partners to change operating structure to maximize opportunities
Catholic Health Partners today announced several changes designed to streamline its operating structure, maximize opportunities to grow and carry out its mission, and deploy leaders in several new areas of focus.
Full story; Catholic Health Partners website; 6/15/11

Martin L. Doordan retires from Anne Arundel Health System
Anne Arundel Health System's (AAHS) Board of Trustees announced this week that Martin L. "Chip" Doordan will retire from his position as CEO at the end of the month, closing the book on a career that spans nearly four decades with the organization.
Full story; AAHS website; 6/15/11

Dr. Thomas Tulikisak named President of Cleveland Clinic's Medina Hospital
Tags: Medina Hospital | Thomas Tulisiak Thomas Tulisiak, MD, has been appointed president of Medina (Ohio) Hospital, effective Sept. 1.
Full story; Becker's Hospital Review; 6/14/11

Mays Landing Man to celebrate Father's Day less than half the man he used to be
Adam Slack, of Mays Landing, New Jersey, will literally celebrate Father's Day less than half the man he used to be. Slack, who turned 37 June 13, a husband, father of four, and security officer at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, has lost 369 pounds.
Full story; AtlantiCare website; 6/14/11

Partners reach agreement, commit to bold statewide mission
Officials of University of Louisville Hospital/James Graham Brown Cancer Center; Jewish Hospital & St. Mary's HealthCare based in Louisville; and Saint Joseph Health System based in Lexington announced that their boards have formally approved plans to form a healthcare delivery system to meet the needs of all of the people of Kentucky and beyond.
Full story; U of L Health Care website; 6/14/11

Carolinas HealthCare first quarter earnings up
Carolinas HealthCare System netted $157.3 million in the first quarter, driven by continued growth within the healthcare system and increased patient volumes.
Full story; Charlotte Business Journal; 6/14/11

Revolutionay endoscopic spine surgery performed at PRMC
Dr. McGovern performs new endoscopic spine surgery on patient at Peninsula Regional Medical Center.
Full story; PRMC website; 6/14/11

Summa Health and others discuss accounting for independent physicians
More than 700 of Summa's physician staff are independents, and their participation is essential to its ACO project.
Full story; HealthLeaders Media; 6/13/11

Methodist and Iowa Health System Form Strategic Affiliation
Methodist Health Services Corporation and Iowa Health System have signed an agreement establishing a strategic affiliation between the two nationally recognized health systems.
Full story; Methodist; 6/13/11

Doctors given exclusive deals at Kettering Medical Center
Kettering Medical Center has contracted exclusively with a group of surgeons to perform valve and other specialized heart surgeries at the hospital, a move that limits patient choice but hospital officials say ensures good patient care.
Full story; Dayton Daily News; 6/12/11

DePinho named president of UT MD Anderson Cancer Center
The University of Texas System Board of Regents named Ronald DePinho, M.D., president of the UT MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.
Full story; UT MD Anderson; 6/9/11

Alegent Health listed as one of the best health systems in the nation
For the second consecutive year, Alegent Health was the only healthcare system in Nebraska to be named one of the top health systems in the United States by Thomson Reuters.
Full story; Alegent Health; 6/9/11

Carolinas HealthCare System expands robotic surgery
Several Carolinas HealthCare System hospitals have installed the latest in robotic technology, allowing for reduced time in surgery.
Full story; Charlotte Business Journal; 6/9/11

MinuteClinic forms clinical collaboration with Cleveland Clinic Florida
Under the agreement, Cleveland Clinic Florida family physicians will serve as medical directors for 12 MinuteClinic walk-in medical clinics inside select CVS/pharmacy stores from Palm Beach to Broward counties.
Full story; PR Newswire; 6/9/11

Rating agencies give Catholic Health Partners affirmative bond reports
Catholic Health Partners announces that Moody's Investment Service has affirmed the system's A1 rating and improved CHP's outlook to positive.
Full story; Catholic Health Partners; 6/9/11

Henry Ford Health to launch Innovation Institute
Henry Ford Health System plans to turn an 87-year-old education building into a world-class medical innovation center. Students and professors from Wayne State University will be involved with the project.
Full story; CBS Detroit; 6/9/11

Practice makes perfect and helps avoid unnecessary exams
A doctor with the University of Connecticut Health Center is the creator of a device that simulates a beating heart for use in training technologists in cardiac imaging.
Full story; University of Connecticut Health Center; 6/8/11

Cleveland Clinic's shared medical appointments improve care
Shared medical appointments at The Cleveland Clinic help improve care and improve access for patients. Staff members explain that patients benefit from this group setting. Watch this video report to see how healthcare is changing.
Full story; Action for Better Healthcare; 6/8/11

Program aims to fight childhood obesity
Mountain States Health Alliance collaborates to help fight obesity in children.
Full story; swva today; 6/7/11

Roxboro hospital to join Duke-Tennessee venture
Person Memorial Hospital announces plans to be acquired by a joint venture run by the Duke University Health System and LifePoint Hospitals of Tennessee.
Full story; newsobserver.com; 6/7/11

Excela, Mon Valley hospitals honored
Excela Westmoreland and Monongahela Valley hospitals were recognized for success in reducing unnecessary hospital readmissions.
Full story; Pittsburgh Business Times; 6/7/11

U.S. health secretary lauds Henry Ford Health System
The Henry Ford Health System has been doing important work and recently it received praise from Washington for its efforts.
Full story; Detroit Free Press; 6/6/11

For med students, summer break means time for research
Students in the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine are busy with the research component of their education.
Full story; The Roanoke Times; 6/6/11

Jefferson Regional Medical Center to receive payments for CMS electronic health record program
Jefferson Regional Medical Center is one of the first hospitals in the nation to be notified it will receive government incentive funding for successfully demonstrating meaningful use of its electronic health record.
Full story; Jefferson Regional Medical Center; 6/6/11

Henry Ford Health System and 2 new drug treatments for liver disease
A doctor with Henry Ford Health System discusses two new drugs that may help liver disease.
Full story; Detroit Free Press; 6/6/11

Private hospital rooms are cost-effective and may improve care
SSM St. Clare Health Center is offering patients private rooms and a greater experience. Experts say privacy matters.
Full story; St. Louis Beacon; 6/4/11

New treatment offered at PRMC for peripheral artery disease
Three physicians of Peninsula Regional Medical Center's Guerrieri Heart & Vascular Institute are exploring medical advances for the treatment of peripheral artery disease.
Full story; Peninsula Regional Medical Center; 6/3/11

Highmark preparing to buy West Penn Allegheny Health
Health insurance giant Highmark plans to acquire the West Penn Allegheny Health System, then partner with another health system to run what is the region's second biggest hospital network, according to a state official.
Full story; Pittsburgh Business Times; 6/2/11

Catholic Health System treats the tiniest addicts
At Catholic Health System in Buffalo, which operates the state's largest methadone clinic outside of New York City, physicians used to see one to three babies a month with symptoms of withdrawal from narcotic pain pills. Now, the number approaches 10 a month.
Full story; buffalonews.com; 6/1/11

Carolinas HealthCare System to manage Murphy Hospital
Carolinas HealthCare will manage day-to-day operations and provide planning, operational and financial oversight for Murphy Hospital.
Full story; Charlotte Business Journal; 6/1/11

PRMC joins Hopkins Clinical Research Network
Peninsula Regional Medical Center joins the Johns Hopkins Clinical Research Network. Developed by the Johns Hopkins Institute for Clinical and Translational Research, it is designed to establish a network of academic and community-based clinical researchers.
Full story; Peninsula Regional Medical Center; 6/1/11

Adventist is going the extra mile to ensure a safe delivery
A pioneering blood therapy helps a mom deliver a healthy baby. Hear how Adventist HealthCare is improving care.
Full story; Adventist HealthCare; 6/1/11

Hospitals featured on best companies for hourly workers
Working Mother magazine has recognized three health facilities including Bon Secours Richmond Health System and University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics in its 2011 Best Companies for Hourly Workers.
Full story; nursezone.com; 6/1/11

Methodist Health and Texas Health Resources on an ACO alternative
Methodist Health System and Texas Health Resources announced recently an agreement to study the possible creation of a multi-provider accountable care organization. For now they plan to skip the formation of an accountable care organization as presented in the Affordable Care Act. Instead the two will explore other models of collaboration.
Full story; HealthLeaders Media; 6/1/11

Phoenix Children's Hospital tower will open today
After nearly five years of planning and construction, the new Phoenix Children's Hospital tower will begin filling its beds with patients today.
Full story; The Arizona Republic; 6/1/11

May 2011

Children's Hospital teams with Google to track outbreaks
Researchers from Children's Hospital Boston and Google explain they have developed a new online tool for early detection of dengue outbreaks.
Full story; Boston Business Journal; 5/31/11

Tuning in to patients' cries for help
Presbyterian Healthcare Services and other hospitals focus on improving the efficiency of their call light systems after hearing complaints from focus groups of nurses and patients.
Full story; The New York Times; 5/30/11

Judy Raghavan knows cancer doctor's intellectual, soft side
Doctor's wife explains that with the help of a $20 million grant from the Leon Levine Foundation, the Carolinas Healthcare System is building the new facility at the main Carolinas Medical Center campus to treat rare and complex cancers and provide research.
Full story; The Charlotte Observer; 5/30/11

PRMC joins Johns Hopkins Clinical Research Network
Peninsula Regional Medical Center has joined the Johns Hopkins Clinical Research Network, a collaborative of academic researchers and community-based medical centers which expands patient access to clinical trials.
Full story; HealthLeaders Media; 5/27/11

Kaleida Health given approval to shift ambulatory unit
Women & Children's Hospital received approval this week from the state Health Department to move ambulatory surgery services to 1001 Main Street on the Buffalo General Hospital campus. The hospital, part of Kaleida Health, first announced last fall it would shift ambulatory surgery services.
Full story; Buffalo Business First; 5/27/11

Park Nicollet takes fight against diabetes to China
Park Nicollet Health Services is launching a five-year project to help Chinese doctors and public health officials try to slow the country's growing diabetes epidemic.
Full story; Star Tribune; 5/26/11

Angel Hospital on the road to a merger with Mission
Angel Medical Center in Franklin, one of the last, small independent hospitals in the state, is now part of Mission Health System in Asheville.
Full story; Smokey Mountain News; 5/25/11

Shawnee Mission Medical Center starts construction of $42 million birth center
Shawnee Mission Medical Center has begun construction of a $42 million birth center designed to increase the hospital's lead among area maternity programs.
Full story; Kansas City Business Journal; 5/24/11

Norton Healthcare wins state's top quality award
Norton Healthcare Inc. has won the Kentucky Hospital Association 2011 Quality Award.
Full story; Business First; 5/24/11

Moffitt opens clinic in Puerto Rico
Moffitt Cancer Center will open a blood and marrow transplant evaluation and follow-up clinic in Puerto Rico, starting June 24.
Full story; Tampa Bay Business Journal; 5/24/11

Banner Health buys Chandler center
Banner Health has purchased the Chandler Technology Center for almost $12.2 million.
Full story; Phoenix Business Journal; 5/24/11

ACO or not, Fairview builds shared savings into all payer contracts
Leaders at Fairview Health Services in Minneapolis knew, based on quality metrics, that it provided the highest quality care in the region, says Dave Moen, MD, the president of Fairview Physician Associates, the health system's physician alignment division.
Full story; HealthLeaders Media; 5/23/11

Johns Hopkins research fellowship at All Children's honors Dick Vitale
A new fellowship in pediatric cancer research at All Children's Hospital will be named in honor of sportscaster Dick Vitale.
Full story; Tampa Bay Business Journal; 5/23/11

Baptist Ponte Vedra clinic named Center of Diabetes Excellence
The Baptist Primary Care office at Ponte Vedra is one of eight clinics in the state of Florida to be named a Center of Diabetes Excellence by the Florida Academy of Family Physicians Foundation.
Full story; Jacksonville Business Journal; 5/20/11

Southwest Washington Medical Center and PeaceHealth complete merger
The medical center will now be the PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center. As part of the merger, Southwest will follow Catholic-based PeaceHealth's mission.
Full story; Becker's Hospital Review; 5/20/11

North Shore-LIJ implements new program to ensure safe radiation therapy
North Shore-LIJ has adjusted their program for complex technical challenges in the hardware and software that delivers radiation by ensuring that nothing is rushed. The goal is to ensure patient safety.
Full story; News-Medical.net; 5/20/11

Texas Health Resources and Methodist Health experiment with ACO
An unlikely partnership between competitors Texas Health Resources and Methodist Health System will be a significant step toward coordinating patient care.
Full story; Dallas Business Journal; 5/20/11

Inova Health System to partner with MinuteClinic
In a move meant to expand access to healthcare throughout Northern Virginia, Inova Health System has forged a partnership with MinuteClinic.
Full story; The Washington Business Journal; 5/19/11

Cubs fan saved by TriHealth team after collapsing at Great American Ballpark
The TriHealth Event Medicine Team jumped into action to save a man's life. After watching the Cubs beat the Reds, the man had collapsed face-down in a ballpark elevator while heading back to his hotel.
Full story; TriHealth; 5/18/11

AtlantiCare on becoming accountable to patients
AtlantiCare is participating in a national, multi-health system collaborative to develop and implement an ACO structure, which will be created as a legal entity later this year. The health system expects the ACO to contract with the federal government through the Medicare Shared Savings Program, and intends to contract with private insurers as well.
Full story; HFMA; 5/18/11

Catholic Health Partners discusses their year-long partnership with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement
Officials with Catholic Health Partners describe how the Safety Across the System partnership improves care for patients.
Full story; Catholic Health Partners; 5/18/11

Health reform initiatives paying off in Hawaii
Hawaii hospitals, HMSA and Premier healthcare alliance begin new initiative to improve quality and reduce healthcare costs for Hawaiian residents.
Full story; Star Advertiser; 5/18/11

U.S. News Best Children's Hospitals
Several Premier members, including Children's Hospital of Michigan, are named among the best children's hospitals in the country.
Full story; US News & World Report; 5/17/11

Wing named senior vice president of Adventist Health
Bill Wing has been named senior vice president for system performance and strategy of Adventist Health.
Full story; Adventist Health; 5/17/11

Levine Children's Hospital honored
Levine Children's Hospital has been named one of the 50 Best Children's Hospitals by U.S. News & World Report for its pediatric nephrology program.
Full story; Charlotte Business Journal; 5/17/11

All Children's Hospital, Moffitt Cancer Center improve 1Q financials
All Children's Hospital and Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute report financial gains.
Full story; Tampa Bay Business Journal; 5/17/11

Florida Hospital's OR opportunities
New neurological OR suites will house an operating room called the InnovatOR. Companies will contract with Florida Hospital to use the operating room to try out new equipment.
Full story; Orlando Business Journal; 5/16/11

Hansen named interim President and CEO of Howard Memorial Hospital
Terrence A. Hansen has been appointed interim president and CEO of Frank R. Howard Memorial Hospital, according to officials with Adventist Health.
Full story; Adventist Health; 5/16/11

TriHealth forms 'institutes' in cardiology, cancer care
As they prepare for national healthcare reform, TriHealth officials are creating a series of "institutes" to house the system's services in cardiology, oncology and eventually, other specialty areas.
Full story; Business Courier; 5/13/11

Dana-Farber executives head to Texas, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
The director of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute's Belfer Institute for Applied Cancer Science, Dr. Ronald DePinho, is about to be named the new president of the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas, the largest cancer center in the country.
Full story; Boston Business Journal; 5/13/11

Anne Arundel Medical Center Foundation Awards $50,000 in Scholarships
The Anne Arundel Medical Center Foundation awarded an unprecedented 14 scholarships totaling $50,000 to deserving AAMC nurses to further their education and careers.
Full story; Anne Arundel Medical Center; 5/13/11

Aurora Health Care discusses who's responsible for quality
Patrick Falvey, Aurora Health Care's chief integration officer, has been working in quality for many of his 20 years in the organization. Aurora bolstered its quality improvement under the CMS/Premier Hospital Quality Incentive Demonstration initiative.
Full story; HealthLeaders Media; 5/13/11

Carolinas HealthCare System ups ante in hospital talks
Carolinas HealthCare System has threatened to build a much needed hospital in another county if Mecklenburg County does not make a decision soon.
Full story; The Charlotte Observer; 5/12/11

MD Anderson's Mendelsohn conducts exit interview
Mendelsohn recently talked about what budget cuts mean for MD Anderson, the value of public research and his advice for his successor.
Full story; The Texas Tribune; 5/12/11

M.D. Anderson's new president
Dr. Ronald DePinho, the director of Belfer Institute for Applied Cancer Science at the Dana-Farber Cancer Center in Boston and a genetics professor at Harvard Medical School, was named as the sole finalist for the M.D. Anderson presidency.
Full story; Culture Map; 5/11/11

Alegent Health, a new way to shop for a doctor
Alegent Health uses creative ways to market physicians and health services.
Full story; Livewell Nebraska; 5/11/11

Fairfax County OKs Inova plans in Springfield
Fairfax County supervisors on Tuesday approved Inova Health System's request to change a comprehensive plan to allow the medical giant to double the size of its Springfield HealthPlex facility.
Full story; Washington Business Journal; 5/11/11

Methodist Health automates supply chain, reaps benefits
Methodist Health System says the cost savings generated by standardizing supplies across all their hospitals contributes to the enterprise's ability to invest in new clinical equipment.
Full story; Hospitals & Health Networks; 5/11/11

Alex's lemonade stand gives $2M to Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia receives a $2 million gift and matches it, for cancer research.
Full story; Philadelphia Business Journal; 5/11/11

Geisinger, Cleveland Clinic may not participate in ACOs
Cleveland Clinic and others will ask CMS for changes in ACO rules before deciding if they will move forward with launching the model.
Full story; Becker's Hospital Review; 5/11/11

Inova Health System joins Major Health Systems in the healthier hospitals initiative
Leading hospital systems are partnering with the other organizations to provide expertise and technical assistance to help hospitals carry out the HHI agenda.
Full story; PR Newswire; 5/10/11

Baptist plans new cancer center
Baptist Memorial Health says the 115,000 square-foot, two-story cancer center will contain 20,000 square feet of medical office space. Citing ease of access and convenience for its patients, the hospital plans to invite regional cancer clinics to become tenants in the new facility.
Full story; Memphis Business Journal; 5/10/11

Carolinas HealthCare buys land for Fort Mill hospital
Carolinas HealthCare System has purchased land in York County for its proposed hospital in Fort Mill.
Full story; Charlotte Business Journal; 5/9/11

Texas Health, Methodist explore ACO
Methodist Health System and Texas Health Resources have agreed to collaborate to form a multi-provider accountable care organization. Both systems have been among many across the country participating in accountable-care preparatory projects with Premier healthcare alliance.
Full story; Dallas Business Journal; 5/6/11

ACO options to be explored by two Texas hospitals
Texas Health Resources and Methodist Health System have signed an agreement to study the possible formation of a multi-provider accountable care organization.
Full story; HealthLeaders Media; 5/5/11

Banner offering free stroke screenings
Banner Health wants to keep community members informed of the dangers of stroke. Free stroke screenings will be made available to those age 50 or older.
Full story; East Valley Tribune; 5/4/11

Carolinas Healthcare System says it will save county millions
Carolinas HealthCare System CEO has offered a plan to Mecklenburg County officials that could reduce the county's healthcare bill by $10 million next year.
Full story; Charlotte Observer; 5/4/11

Banner Medical Group hires new Western Region VP of operations
Scott Baker comes to Banner from Aurora Health Care in Milwaukee. Baker has been hired to serve as Banner Health's Western Region vice president of operations for Banner Medical Group.
Full story; Northern Colorado Business Report; 5/3/11

Carolinas HealthCare System opens Gastonia center
Carolinas HealthCare System has opened a location in Gastonia to provide specialty-medical care. The move increases access to services for patients.
Full story; Charlotte Business Journal; 5/3/11

CaroMont Health chief leaving Gaston Memorial Hospital
Valinda Rutledge will take a job within the federal government's Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation.
Full story; Gaston Gazette; 5/3/11

Peninsula Regional Medical Center honored with women's health clinical excellence award
Peninsula Regional Medical Center is named among the top five percent in the nation for women's health for the third consecutive year.
Full story; Peninsula Regional Health System; 5/3/11

Talks underway for purchase of Catholic Health Partners' Tennessee hospitals
Health Management Associates announced late Monday afternoon that it is in negotiations with Catholic Health Partners to acquire Mercy Health Partners, CHP's seven-hospital system.
Full story; HealthLeaders Media; 5/3/11

Banner Health selects Phytel to drive better health outcomes in Arizona medical group
Banner plans to roll out Phytel's Proactive Patient Outreach and appointment reminder services to primary care doctors and specialists in all of its sites.
Full story; Banner Health via Business Wire; 5/2/11

Scotland Health to require ID
With the theft of medical information on the rise nationally, Scotland Health Care System is stepping up measures to identify patients. Scotland Health Care System will begin requiring patients to present a photo I.D.
Full story; The Laurinburg Exchange; 5/2/11

Cleveland Clinic study shows less-expensive treatment for macular degeneration is effective
The Cleveland Clinic has shown that an inexpensive treatment for age-related blindness works as well as its pricier counterpart.
Full story; cleveland.com; 5/2/11

April 2011

Young patients handled with care by Fairview
In delicate choreography, ambulances moved 59 young patients to the new U of M Amplatz Children's Hospital. The 227,000-square-foot hospital is part of Fairview's Riverside campus.
Full story; Star Tribune; 4/30/11

Cleveland Clinic study finds Bevacizumab as effective as FDA approved Ranibizumab
Cleveland Clinic Cole Eye Institute led a landmark comparative effectiveness trial leading to new information about treating macular degeneration.
Full story; The Sun Herald; 4/29/11

Carolinas HealthCare System plans $150M bond issue
Carolinas HealthCare System is moving forward with plans to issue up to $150 million in bonds to support a range of capital projects.
Full story; Charlotte Business Journal; 4/29/11

Group calls for FDA, hospitals to ban latex medical gloves
Since Public Citizen's initial petition that medical gloves that are made of natural rubber latex or have cornstarch powder are harmful for hospital workers and patients and should be banned from healthcare settings, several hospitals have switched to powder-free and/or non-latex gloves, including Johns Hopkins, Cleveland Clinic, Kaiser Permanente and Geisinger Medical Center in Pennsylvania.
Full story; FierceHealthcare; 4/28/11

Gage named senior VP at Catholic Health Partners
Joseph Gage has been named senior vice president of human resources at Catholic Health Partners.
Full story; Cincinnati.com; 4/28/11

Nation's largest Catholic health system to buy Alexian Brothers
The flurry of hospital consolidation continued Wednesday when Alexian Brothers Health System in Chicago's northwest suburbs announced plans to merge into the nation's largest Catholic-owned provider of medical care in the country.
Full story; Chicago Tribune; 4/27/11

CaroMont Health Selects athenahealth's cloud-based services to enhance care coordination and operational outcomes
athenahealth Inc. today announced that CaroMont Health, a regional, independent, not-for-profit health care system, has selected athenahealth's full suite of cloud-based services.
Full story; News Blaze; 4/27/11

Journey to accountable care: Intermountain Healthcare
Intermountain Healthcare leaders discuss clinical integration, bending the national cost curve and building IT systems that work for clinicians.
Full story; Hospitals & Health Networks; 4/27/11

Hackensack hospital joins national initiative to reduce medical errors
National health officials and local hospital executives on Wednesday unrolled an Obama administrative initiative to save as many as 60,000 lives by reducing medical errors and patient complications upon leaving the hospital. The event at Hackensack University Medical Center was one of 11 nationwide to highlight the national Partnership for Patients.
Full story; North Jersey.com; 4/27/11

One surgeon's perspective on physician documentation
Douglas Johnston, M.D., of the Cleveland Clinic Health System, articulates some of the challenges involved in optimizing clinical documentation.
Full story; Healthcare Informatics; 4/27/11

Hospitals go green and cut costs by $13 million
The American Hospital Association's American Society for Healthcare Engineering recognized St. Francis Eastside Medical Center and other facilities in South Carolina and Tennessee for green healthcare initiatives that helped reduce operating costs by millions of dollars.
Full story; FierceHealthcare; 4/26/11

Mercy expands robot program to Methodist Hospital
Mercy Telehealth Network, which connects stroke specialists to stroke patients in emergency rooms at community hospitals, has expanded its network to Methodist Hospital in south Sacramento and St. Joseph's Medical Center in Stockton.
Full story; Sacramento Business Journal; 4/26/11

The glue for accountable care organizations
Healthcare organizations, such as Mountain States Health Alliance and Aurora Health Care, moving into the uncharted territory of accountable care organizations face technological and organizational challenges that could stop their fledgling attempts in their tracks.
Full story; Healthcare Informatics; 4/26/11

Alexian Brothers Health System goes green, saves big
The reverse auction component of Premier's SPHERE collaborative has helped Alexian Brothers save more than $1 million annually over its prior energy contract.
Full story; Environmental News Today; 4/26/11

Kentucky's Appalachian Regional to acquire Mary Breckinridge Hospital
Appalachian Regional Healthcare (ARH) and Wendover, Ky.-based Frontier Nursing Service have entered into a letter of intent for ARH to acquire Mary Breckinridge Hospital in Hyden, Ky., and all related healthcare services.
Full story; Becker's Hospital Review; 4/22/11

Cincinnati's hospitals 'like' Facebook
Healthcare providers have a fast-growing array of sources, including databases and rankings, to tell them how well they're serving patients. Dr. Gaurang Gandhi, electrophysiologist at Bethesda North Hospital, tries to make himself available to patients "in whatever venues they find relevant."
Full story; Cincinnati Business Courier; 4/22/11

Fairview coordinates care and improves health for patients
Fairview Health Services has opened a special clinic and is developing a new way to care for low-income adults, many with complex health diagnoses. This new structure is often referred to as a coordinated care delivery system.
Full story; Action For Better Healthcare Blog; 4/22/11

Cleveland Clinic in the fight against fat in schools
The Cleveland Clinic partners with local schools to help fight obesity. The partnership teaches children healthy habits at a young age.
Full story; WKYC; 4/22/11

Banner Health and other hospitals to share comprehensive patient information
Banner Health and others will share patient data through a Health Information Exchange.
Full story; The Tribune; 4/21/11

Hope on Wheels motorcycle ride to benefit cancer patients
Mountain States Health Alliance helps organize benefit for cancer patients. They hope to have more than 100 riders participate in the Hope on Wheels event.
Full story; Mountain States Health Alliance; 4/21/11

CHS plans new mental hospital to meet need
Responding to a surge in demand for mental health services, Carolinas HealthCare System unveils plans to build a new psychiatric hospital in North Carolina.
Full story; The Charlotte Observer; 4/20/11

Bon Secours and others to open stand-alone emergency rooms
Bon Secours Virginia is building an emergency center in Chesterfield County, with a planned late fall opening date.
Full story; Richmond Times Dispatch; 4/20/11

Mountain States Health Alliance promotes Stump to AVP of Cardiovascular Pulmonary Operations
Mountain States Health Alliance announces the promotion of Ed Stump to assistant vice president of its' Cardiovascular Pulmonary Operations.
Full story; Mountain States Health Alliance; 4/19/11

UT Southwestern develops trauma device
A device developed by University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center surgeons for repair of pelvic fractures is available for use by the nation's 200 level I trauma centers.
Full story; Dallas Business Journal; 4/19/11

Norton Healthcare's Kmetz named to board of national children's hospitals group
Thomas Kmetz, president of Kosair Children's Hospital and Pediatric Services, has been named to the board of directors of a new organization created by the merger of the national children's hospitals organizations.
Full story; Business First; 4/18/11

Henson Cancer Institute receives breast cancer grant
The Richard A. Henson Cancer Institute at Peninsula Regional Medial Center is the recent recipient of a 2011-2012 CRAFT (Clinical Research Affiliate Funded Trials) grant from the Susan G. Komen organization.
Full story; Peninsula Regional Medical Center; 4/19/11

Breakthroughs at Henry Ford Hospital help brain surgeons and raise survival rates
Recent advances at Henry Ford Hospital's Hermelin Brain Tumor Center benefit patients. New imaging technology offers hope that patients can live longer after surgery.
Full story; Detroit Free Press; 4/18/11

Paralyzed bride walks down aisle after care at Detroit Medical Center
A special patient fulfilled a lifelong dream Saturday afternoon when she walked down the aisle at her wedding. Paralyzed after a 2008 car accident, she underwent intense therapy at the Detroit Medical Center.
Full story; Detroit Free Press; 4/17/11

Bloomsburg Hospital up for sale
For more than a 100 years Bloomsburg Hospital has been a part of the Columbia community. Hospital officials recently announced it's up for sale.
Full story; WNEP; 4/15/11

Johnson City Medical Center receives national recognition for low infection rates
Johnson City Medical Center has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the American Association of Critical Care Nurses for excellence in preventing hospital-associated infections.
Full story; Mountain States Health Alliance; 4/14/11

Nemours names Orlando hospital chief
Nemours named Randall Hartley as chief administrative officer for its Nemours Children's Hospital being built in Orlando.
Full story; Jacksonville Business Journal; 4/14/11

Children's Hospital expanding reconstructive surgery practices
Nationwide Children's Hospital is expanding its plastic and reconstructive surgery through specialty clinics for disfiguring disorders under the leadership of a section chief recruited a year ago.
Full story; Columbus Business First; 4/13/11

Wyoming Health names new CEO
Dr. Leon Kuczmarski, who has served in the post on an interim basis since early February, was officially named to the post on March 29 at the board of managers' meeting. The move was finalized this week.
Full story; Buffalo Business First; 4/12/11

Baptist Health South Florida readies family medicine hospital
A new kind of hospital is opening, designed around a growing idea for family medicine that emphasizes outpatient and preventive care plus some innovative extras. The four-story, $210-million West Kendall Baptist Hospital, opens April 27.
Full story; HealthLeaders Media; 4/12/11

Cleveland's Seidman Cancer Center readies for open
Cleveland's University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center is set to open in just two months, marking a special milestone.
Full story; Columbus Business First; 4/12/11

Rappahannock hospital intends to join Bon Secours
Rappahannock General Hospital and Bon Secours Virginia Health System have signed a letter of intent to discuss a formal affiliation agreement.
Full story; dailypress.com; 4/12/11

Robotic surgeries increase in Memphis
Methodist University, Methodist North and Methodist Germantown each have one robot, and Baptist Memorial Hospital-Memphis has two. These robots are being used for various surgeries.
Full story; Fox Memphis; 4/11/11

Peninsula Regional emergency department earns second HealthGrades Excellence Award
Emergency medical care provided at Peninsula Regional Medical Center's Robert T. Adkins, M.D. Emergency/Trauma Center has been ranked among the top 5 percent in the nation for a second consecutive year.
Full story; Peninsula Regional Medical Center; 4/11/11

Anne Arundel Medical Center debuts new patient tower
Anne Arundel Medical Center has opened its new eight-story patient tower, part of a six-year $424 million expansion.
Full story; Baltimore Business Journal; 4/10/11

Anne Arundel Medical Center opens new patient care pavilion
Donors, dignitaries and friends of Anne Arundel Medical Center recently gathered for the official ribbon cutting on its much anticipated new hospital tower, known as the Hospital Pavilion.
Full story; Anne Arundel Medical Center; 4/10/11

The quality journey at Ascension Health: How we've prevented at least 1,500 avoidable deaths a year
A recent article explains that the overall quality initiative was overseen by a clinical excellence team consisting of clinical and operational leadership from across the Ascension Health system. The team was fully integrated into the governance and operations of the system.
Full story; Health Affairs; 4/10/11

Mended Hearts names Peninsula Regional Medical Center Mid-Atlantic "Hospital of the Year"
Peninsula Regional Medical Center has been named the inaugural 2010 Mended Hearts Mid-Atlantic Regional Hospital of the Year for the support and encouragement it provides to the national organization's local chapter.
Full story; Peninsula Regional Medical Center; 4/9/11

Moran leaving Catholic Healthcare West
Tim Moran is stepping down as service area president for Catholic Healthcare West and president of Methodist Hospital in Sacramento.
Full story; Modern Healthcare; 4/8/11

American Heart Association announces partnership with Mountain States Health Alliance
Mountain States Health Alliance partners with AHA to create healthier communities and improve the health of all Americans through a focus on nutrition, physical activity and children's health.
Full story; Mountain States Health Alliance; 4/8/11

TriHealth: Cincinnati Healthiest Employer 2011 winner
TriHealth implemented numerous best-health practices in recent years to create a strong culture of wellness within its' organization.
Full story; Business Courier; 4/8/11

South Shore Hospital expansion planned for summer
South Shore Hospital plans for a $50 million expansion project expected to begin this summer.
Full story; Patriot Ledger; 4/7/11

Inova Health announces partnership
Inova Health is teaming up with a national basketball association in order to promote better health habits.
Full story; Fierce Healthcare; 4/7/11

County moms-to-be pick Bethesda North Hospital
The food is good, the atmosphere intimate and the care is exceptional. Those are the top reason so many moms flock to Bethesda North Hospital to deliver their babies.
Full story; The Western Star; 4/7/11

Hormone gel cuts risk of preterm births, Detroit study finds
Researchers from Hutzel Women's Hospital explain how a low-cost hormone gel applied during pregnancy helps reduce preterm birth.
Full story; Detroit Free Press; 4/7/11

Methodist Mansfield Medical expanding
Construction has started on a $9.1 million expansion and renovation of the Women's Pavilion at Methodist Mansfield Medical Center.
Full story; Dallas Business Journal; 4/6/11

Sharp expands its substance abuse treatment program with new McDonald Center
Woman pledged $3 million to Sharp HealthCare to expand substance abuse treatment programs at its Sharp Mesa Vista Hospital and Sharp Vista Pacifica Hospital in the Serra Mesa area.
Full story; Sign On San Diego; 4/6/11

Geisinger and others to launch consortium
Hospitals join together and plan to launch a consortium to share patient-specific data and pioneer the effective connectivity of electronic patient information.
Full story; San Francisco Business Times; 4/6/11

Methodist Mansfield Medical expanding
Construction has started on a $9.1 million expansion and renovation of the Women's Pavilion at Methodist Mansfield Medical Center.
Full story; Dallas Business Journal; 4/6/11

Albert Einstein Healthcare Network adds new member
Montgomery Healthcare System has officially become a member of Albert Einstein Healthcare Network. This is the latest step in a partnership that was born of a shared vision, to build a new medical center that will serve as a modern healthcare destination for the residents.
Full story; Albert Einstein Healthcare Network; 4/6/11

Catholic Healthcare West nearing new pediatric deal
Phoenix Children's Hospital and Catholic Healthcare West are close to completing their previously announced agreement to combine pediatric programs and staff.
Full story; Phoenix Business Journal; 4/5/11

With an eye on ACOs, Methodist Health, Iowa Health System explore partnership
Methodist Health Services has entered into a nonbinding letter of intent to form a strategic partnership with the Iowa Health System.
Full story; Fierce Health Finance; 4/5/11

TriHealth announces mobile mammography screening dates
Serving as a highly accessible and visible community resource, the TriHealth Women's Health Van features digital mammography, which offers the newest technology for the most accurate detection of early breast cancer.
Full story; fox19.com; 4/5/11

St. Joe's gears up to shift pediatric cases to Phoenix Children's Hospital
Phoenix Children's Hospital and Catholic Healthcare West are close to completing their previously announced agreement to combine pediatric programs and staff.
Full story; Phoenix Business Journal; 4/5/11

CaroMont to start palm reading for healthcare
Officials with CaroMont explain that with the Patient Access Secured System, hospital personnel will simply scan the palms of patients as they check in. The process will bring up patient records and other important information.
Full story; Gaston Gazette; 4/5/11

Economic impact of Mountain States Health Alliance facilities in 2010 estimated at $1.3 billion
Mountain States Health Alliance facilities in Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia brought approximately $1.3 billion to the region last year. This spending supported more than 12,000 jobs.
Full story; Mountain States Health Alliance; 4/4/11

Marshfield Clinic to build new Stevens Point facility
Marshfield's new facility will be built on 18 acres and is expected to bring many new jobs to the area.
Full story; Stevens Point Journal; 4/4/11

Donor bequeaths house, belongings to Sun Health
Officials with the Sun Health Foundation have received homes, cars and investments in the past, but this is the first time the foundation will handle an estate sale on its' own.
Full story; Phoenix Business Journal; 4/2/11

Adventist Health/Central Valley Network restructure leadership roles
As a result of rapid growth and future business opportunities, Adventist Health is restructuring executive functions at its California-based operations.
Full story; Adventist Health; 4/1/11

Cleveland Clinic head of nursing on how to effectively lead organizational change
The executive chief nursing officer for the Cleveland Clinic Health System explains that real change comes through building relationships.
Full story; sbnonline; 4/1/11

March 2011

Delnor and Central Dupage boards approve merger
Delnor and Central DuPage hospitals and health systems are now one. Officials say they have created a new health system with greater scale to provide patients with even higher-quality care, access to a greater number of specialists, a broader range of clinical capabilities and a more integrated approach to healthcare.
Full story; Daily Herald; 3/31/11

Fairview orthopedic specialist offers tips for athletes and parents to ensure summer sports stay safe and fun
Dr. Jamie Peters, with Fairview Sports and Orthopedic Care, offers tips for athletes to help avoid injury this summer and beyond.
Full story; Fox News; 3/29/11

Mountain States Health Alliance nurses to hold health fair
Nurses from Mountain States Health Alliance and nursing students from the East Tennessee State University College of Nursing will host a community health fair on Saturday, April 2. The event is part of Mountain States Health Alliance's celebration of 100 years of service.
Full story; Mountain States Health Alliance; 3/29/11

Anne Arundel Medical Center receives special grant
Picker Institute, an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to improving patient-centered care, announces award to Anne Arundel Medical Center.
Full story; Anne Arundel Medical Center; 3/28/11

Norton Healthcare wins national quality award
Norton Healthcare has received the 2011 National Quality Healthcare Award from the National Quality Forum.
Full story; Business First; 3/28/11

New Haven hospitals explore merger
Yale-New Haven Hospital and Catholic Saint Raphael's Hospital have signed a letter of intent announcing their plans to merge.
Full story; Yale Daily News; 3/29/11

Stepanov joins Mountain States Health Alliance
Dr. Nonna Stepanov was recently appointed corporate director of research for Mountain States Health Alliance.
Full story; Mountain States Health Alliance; 3/29/11

How CaroMont is like the cable company
CaroMont will offer knee replacements similar to how a cable company sells its services: with bundled payments. CaroMont Health and Blue Cross and Blue Shield have unveiled plans for the package deal.
Full story; Gaston Gazette; 3/29/11

Robert Walker named chairman for TriHealth
Robert Walker has been named chairman of TriHealth board of trustees, taking over for Jim Schwab.
Full story; Business Courier; 3/28/11

Kathleen McKenzie named VP at West Penn Allegheny
Kathleen McKenzie has been named vice president of community and civic affairs at West Penn Allegheny Health System effectively immediately, the system announced. McKenzie will serve as a liaison to individuals, organizations and associations.
Full story; Pittsburgh Business Times; 3/28/11

Delivering results - Fairview Health and Summa Health participate in obstetrics safety program
Officials with Fairview and Summa explain that new practices are dramatically reducing one of the most devastating medical problems: injuries during birth. Both are involved in a Premier healthcare alliance program aimed at preventing such injuries.
Full story (subscription may be required); The Wall Street Journal; 3/28/11

Mountain States Health Alliance discusses importance of organ donation
Despite the critical need for organ and tissue donors, only about 31 percent of Tennesseans are registered organ donors.
Full story; Mountain States Health Alliance; 3/28/11

Detroit Medical Center's Rehab Institute helps paralyzed bride-to-be prepare to walk down the aisle
Patient finds help at Detroit Medical Center's Rehabilitation Institute, where she is one of 55 patients at the Center for Spinal Cord Injury Recovery. Patient says she wants to be ready to walk at her own wedding.
Full story; Detroit Free Press; 3/27/11

At Karmanos Cancer Institute, doctors use of cell phones, texts assist with patient care
The use of a cell phone to e-mail a photo of a patient's condition to other physicians helps staff at Karmanos Cancer Institute treat patient. Family members say it saved time and helped improve the patient's condition.
Full story; Detroit Free Press; 3/26/11

Catholic Health Partners discusses patient safety
Michael Connelly, president and CEO of Catholic Health Partners, explains his system's efforts to improve patient safety and his thoughts on for-profit companies buying Catholic hospitals.
Full story; Catholic Health Partners; 3/25/11

Banner Health decreases noise and increases patient satisfaction
With the touch of a button, patients at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center in Phoenix can alert a nurse or manager on the floor that there is too much noise around their room.
Full story; HFMA; 3/25/11

Henry Ford Health System study finds robot surgery safe
Experts from Henry Ford Health System discuss robot-assisted surgery to remove cancerous prostate glands and robot surgery to treat kidney disease.
Full story; cnet News; 3/24/11

Florida Hospital partners with Tel Hashomer
Florida Hospital signed a clinical research partnership agreement March 21 with The Sheba Medical Center at Tel Hashomer in Israel.
Full story; Orlando Business Journal; 3/24/11

Accountable care will require fierce communication strategies
Katherine Schneider, Vice President of health engagement for Atlanticare, discusses what will be important to know about ACOs and how payments are structured.
Full story; Fierce Healthcare; 3/24/11

CaroMont Health and Blue Cross announce Innovative Health Delivery Initiative
CaroMont Health and North Carolina's largest health insurer, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina are launching a collaborative arrangement to offer patients a new healthcare delivery and reimbursement model for knee replacements.
Full story; PR Newswire via insurancenewsnet.com; 3/24/11

Mountain States Health Alliance says child life specialists help the youngest hospital patients cope and heal
With the help of a child life specialist, pediatric patients and their families at Niswonger Children's Hospital receive the help they need to overcome some of life's most challenging moments.
Full story; Mountain States Health Alliance; 3/23/11

St. Elizabeth Physicians acquires Internal Medicine Associates of Northern Kentucky
Internal Medicine Associates of Northern Kentucky is merging its operations with St. Elizabeth Physicians. The merger will close in April.
Full story; Business Courier; 3/23/11

St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center invests in primary care
St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center, where physicians will conduct research on care delivery and how to improve it, offer information and support to current primary care physicians, and, importantly, develop tomorrow's workforce.
Full story; US News & World Report; 3/23/11

Murphy stepping down at Carilion Clinic
Dr. Edward Murphy has announced that, on June 30, he will step down as president and CEO of Carilion Clinic.
Full story (subscription may be required); Modern Healthcare; 3/23/11

Southampton Hospital eyes move to college campus
More than a year after forming a clinical affiliation with Stony Brook University Medical Center, Southampton Hospital has held preliminary discussions about relocating to the Stony Brook Southampton College campus.
Full story; libn.com; 3/22/11

Banner Health leads the way in Arizona with digital records
Banner Health, Arizona's largest hospital system, has been a leader in the adoption of health information technology with its aggressive switch to computerized health records.
Full story; azcentral.com; 3/20/11

Vanderbilt launches cancer decision support tool
The online tool, My Cancer Genome, is linked to Vanderbilt University Medical Center's StarPanel electronic medical record database, giving physicians the ability to cross-reference patients' medical histories, lab results, medications, and other medical information with online data that tracks the latest developments in personalized cancer medicine and clinical research.
Full story; HealthLeaders Media; 3/18/11

Goodall Hospital CEO to step down
Goodall Hospital CEO Darlene Stromstad is leaving to take a job in Connecticut. Goodall is a member of Yankee Alliance.
Full story; Mainebiz; 3/17/11

St. Mary's Medical Center to open cancer center
St. Mary's Medical Center will open a new cancer center, which includes radiation therapy. This is the first phase of a $26.25 million project that also includes a new cardiac-vascular suite and new digital mammography equipment.
Full story; San Francisco Business Times; 3/17/11

Henry Ford Health System finds gene therapy may be a reality for Parkinson's
Researchers at Henry Ford Health System find that half the Parkinson's patients treated with gene therapy had lasting, "clinically meaningful improvements" without serious side effects.
Full story; The Detroit Free Press; 3/17/11

Resurrection Health Care physicians receive first-time physician leadership awards
Resurrection Health Care's Physician Leadership Forum recently honored three physicians with awards for Lifetime Leadership, Best Physician Leader Under 40 Years of Age, and Best Physician Servant Leader.
Full story; Resurrection Health Care; 3/17/11

The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia awarded grant for childhood obesity prevention and treatment
The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia announces it received a pledge of $10 million over the next three years from the Foundation for a Healthy America.
Full story; PR Newswire; 3/16/11

Henry Ford West Bloomfield LEED-ing greening of healthcare
Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital is recognized for being a "green" leader in Michigan.
Full story; mlive.com; 3/15/11

TriHealth named among winners of 2011 healthcare heroes
TriHealth wins awards for innovation and for its' patient-centered medical home initiative.
Full story; Business Courier; 3/15/11

TriHealth honored by women's group
TriHealth is named one of the Top 10 nonprofit employers for executive women for the third straight year.
Full story; cincinnati.com; 3/15/11

Banner Health plans Verrado center
Banner Health announces plans for a new 8,000-square-foot primary care health center.
Full story; Phoenix Business Journal; 3/15/11

Anthem Blue Cross, Sharp HealthCare pilot San Diego-area ACO
Anthem Blue Cross and two medical groups from Sharp HealthCare will launch a pilot accountable care organization focused on serving Anthem's San Diego-based group, small group and individual plan PPO members.
Full story; Healthcare Finance News; 3/15/11

Randolph Hospital offering scholarships
Randolph Hospital has launched its annual scholarship program to help community members receive the education needed to pursue or further a career in healthcare.
Full story; The Business Journal; 3/14/11

Valley General in Monroe looking at four potential partners
Valley General is in talks with other hospitals about the idea of becoming partners. A deal could be in place by the end of the year or sooner.
Full story; heraldnet.com; 3/14/11

Doctors in pilot program at Summa say having electronic access saves time, improves safety
Summa Health System recently launched a pilot project that allows for electronically sharing lab results with physician practices that have computer programs tied to other hospitals.
Full story; Ohio.com; 3/14/11

Adventist Health could add another Valley hospital
The Roseville-based Adventist Health could pick up another Central Valley hospital if district voters approve a measure that appears headed for the June 7 ballot.
Full story; Sacramento Business Journal; 3/14/11

Sinai Health System receives grant for asthma program
Sinai Health System and the Chicago Housing Authority partner to reduce the burden of pediatric asthma as part of $8 million HUD initiative.
Full story; Chicago Sun-Times via Sinai Health System; 3/14/11

Bon Secours discusses new payment scheme expected to foster dramatic changes in care delivery
Bon Secours Health System comments on the idea that healthcare executives fundamentally must rethink how patient care is approached, managed, supported and staffed.
Full story; Hospitals & Health Networks; 3/14/11

TriHealth Spirit of Women announces start of Spirit Seminar
TriHealth staff explains that the events are designed to be accessible to the community and packed full of important health information and helpful tips.
Full story; fox19.com; 3/14/11

Virginia's Carilion Clinic and Aetna to form an ACO
The Carilion Clinic, the largest healthcare provider in southwest Virginia, has announced plans to collaborate with Aetna in an accountable care organization.
Full story; Healthcare Finance News; 3/14/11

Midtown giants launch 'buy Detroit' effort
The Detroit Medical Center, Henry Ford Health System and Wayne State University are bolstering efforts to buy goods and services from Detroit businesses instead of out-of-state or out-of-area vendors. The move could mean millions of dollars for local businesses.
Full story; The Detroit News; 3/12/11

Sierra Kings Hospital seeks to sell to Adventist
Sierra Kings District Hospital officials submitted a ballot measure Thursday for approval to lease or sell the Reedley hospital to Adventist Health.
Full story; The Fresno Bee; 3/11/11

Seattle Children's Hospital cooks up better food for patients
Seattle Children's Hospital has swapped out white breads and pastas for whole wheat and pumped up its vegetable content for patients. Healthier choices are part of a growing trend at hospitals.
Full story; dallasnews.com; 3/11/11

St. Vincent's deal would provide emergency care
A new plan calls for North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System to run St. Vincent's and help establish what will be called the North Shore-LIJ Center for Comprehensive Care.
Full story; The New York Times; 3/11/11

Using evidence-based medicine to improve quality: 5 tips from Catholic Health Partners' Michael Connelly
Michael Connelly, president and CEO of Catholic Health Partners, discusses five ways to standardize processes in the pursuit of great patient care.
Full story; Becker's Hospital Review; 3/10/11

Kettering Medical Center recognized for patient safety
Kettering Medical Center ranks in the top 5 percent of hospitals nationwide for patient safety.
Full story; Dayton Daily News; 3/10/11

McDowell Hospital recruits telehealth robot named 'Otto'
McDowell Hospital has a new employee on staff in the form of a telehealth robot named Otto, short for on-site two-way telehealth operator.
Full story; Becker's Hospital Review; 3/9/11

Illinois medical deals OK'd
The Illinois Finance Authority board advanced borrowing plans Tuesday for three central Illinois hospitals seeking to refund debt or raise funds for new projects, including $400 million for the Carle Foundation's overhaul of its Urbana campus.
Full story; The Bond Buyer; 3/9/11

Institute will break new ground
Dr. Derek Raghavan officially starts work as president of the new Levine Cancer Institute at Carolinas Medical Center in April. He has been meeting with oncologists and hospital officials in Charlotte for weeks.
Full story; The Charlotte Observer; 3/8/11

Alegent Health's Eagle Run medical home clinic assists patients
Alegent Health's medical home offers comprehensive care to patients with chronic illnesses.
Full story; Omaha World-Herald; 3/8/11

Detroit Medical Center Cardiovascular Institute participates in special clinical trial
The Detroit Medical Center Cardiovascular Institute has completed the first two transcatheter aortic valve implants ever achieved in Michigan.
Full story; Medical News Today; 3/8/11

North Shore-LIJ Health System's OB units reduce adverse outcomes
Special protocols implemented at North Shore-LIJ Health System include competency in reading electronic fetal heart rate monitors, communication skills and problem solving in a wide range of high-risk OB emergencies through simulation programs.
Full story; Nurse.com; 3/7/11

Davis Memorial Hospital gets makeover
Davis Health System CEO Mark Doak explains that his hospital received major renovations in just one weekend. In just about three days the hospital got a complete makeover, from ceiling to floor.
Full story; WDTV; 3/7/11

Alyssa Howell named system director, clinical distinction, for Resurrection Health Care
Howell will develop and implement a performance distinction plan that supports Resurrection Health Care's mission, vision and values.
Full story; Resurrection Health Care; 3/7/11

CaroMont Health receives Gold Star Standard Designation
CaroMont Health recently received the Gold Star Standard Hospitals designation from N.C. Prevention Partners.
Full story; The Charlotte Observer; 3/6/11

Banner Baywood opens Memory Clinic
Banner's new clinic provides a consultation service that includes cognitive testing, diagnosis, treatment and guidance for adults who have problems with memory.
Full story; Phoenix Business Journal; 3/4/11

Summa Health System CEO explains why we can't turn back on health reform
Summa Health's CEO says it is vital we not lose sight of an unmistakable truth: fundamental reform is not merely an option. It's essential. He explains that we cannot afford to stand still or go back in time.
Full story; HealthLeaders Media; 3/4/11

Littauer names new chief medical officer
Nathan Littauer Hospital and Nursing Home has named Dr. Frederick Goldberg vice president of medical affairs and chief medical officer.
Full story; The Business Review; 3/4/11

Henry Ford Health System's price specialists help patients
By talking to pricing specialists in the Henry Ford Health System, a mother of three found out exactly what a medical test would cost. She also was able to negotiate for the lower price she would have gotten as a Blue Cross customer.
Full story; Detroit Free Press; 3/4/11

Peninsula Regional CEO named one of Maryland's Top 100 Women in 2011
Peninsula Regional Medical Center President/CEO Dr. Peggy Naleppa was named among Maryland's Top 100 Women for 2011.
Full story; Peninsula Regional Medical Center; 3/4/11

Carolinas HealthCare System gets approval for $57M CMC-Union expansion
Carolinas HealthCare System has received conditional approval from N.C. regulators for a $57 million expansion of its hospital in Monroe.
Full story; Charlotte Business Journal; 3/3/11

Carolinas HealthCare set to expand
Carolinas HealthCare System has received conditional approval from regulators for a $57 million expansion of its hospital in Monroe.
Full story; Charlotte Business Journal; 3/3/11

Shawnee Mission Medical Center finishes $20M expansion
Shawnee Mission Medical Center has opened the top two floors of its new critical care tower, a nearly $20 million project.
Full story; Kansas City Business Journal; 3/3/11

Baystate discusses sepsis survival rates, costs vary greatly by hospital
A report from Baystate Medical Center suggests that studying hospitals with lower treatment costs but higher survival rates might provide clues that could improve care everywhere.
Full story; HealthLeaders Media; 3/3/11

Camden-Clark memorial and St. Joseph's Hospital merge
Community leaders, hospital officials, employees and the public came together at both Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital and St. Joseph's Hospital for the unveiling and dedication of the new Camden Clark Medical Center with its Memorial Campus and St. Joseph's Campus.
Full story; HealthLeaders Media; 3/2/11

New appointments in Adventist Health Managed Care
Adventist Health announces that Dan Rhodes will fill the new position of vice president of physician and home health contracting for managed care. Susan Leyba is also expected to begin a role in managed care operations.
Full story; Adventist Health; 3/2/11

Kettering Medical Center has new heart technology
The new technology at Kettering Medical Center's Schuster Heart Hospital will help physicians correct cardiac issues by giving access to tight corners of the heart that previously could not be reached with other medical tools.
Full story; Dayton Business Journal; 3/2/11

Caromont Health opens Mountain Island Lake practice
CaroMont Health opened its first immediate care facility in Mountain Island Lake.
Full story; Charlotte Business Journal; 3/1/11

5 thoughts from healthcare leaders including Summa Health System
Tom Strauss, president and CEO of Summa Health System in Akron, Ohio, says the time for griping about healthcare reform is over. "The question now is really whether we can work together tomorrow," he says. He says this healthcare industry we find ourselves with is seriously flawed and unsustainable.
Full story; Becker's Hospital Review; 3/1/11

A push for more pregnancies to last 39 weeks
Methodist, TriHealth and others join Premier initiative with the goal of changing a practice pattern and improving care.
Full story; The Wall Street Journal; 3/1/11

Henry Ford looks to auto industry for lab efficiency
The laboratories of the Henry Ford Health System aren't that different from the car factories conceived by automotive pioneer Henry Ford.
Full story; The Detroit News; 3/1/11

February 2011

Catholic Health Partners donates 700 beds to hospitals in developing countries
Michael Connelly, President and Chief Executive Officer at Catholic Health Partners, explains that his organization is helping to fulfill its' mission of helping people who are poor and under-served. This is part of a joint effort to help others in developing countries.
Full story; Catholic Health Partners; 2/28/11

Bon Secours helps provide dental care to those in need
Bon Secours and the Richmond City Health District have collaborated to create the "Richmond Smiles" van, a program that brings free dental care to the uninsured.
Full story; CBS 6; 2/28/11

Cleveland Clinic celebrates 90 years
A look back at the history of Cleveland Clinic which now has 2,800 physicians and scientists, 11,000 nurses, 50 buildings on a 180-acre main campus. Celebrations are planned in honor of 90 years of serving patients.
Full story; WEWS News; 2/28/11

Carolinas HealthCare System buys Hospice of Union County
Carolinas HealthCare System has finalized an agreement to acquire Hospice of Union County. The hospice will become part of Carolinas Palliative Care & Hospice Network.
Full story; Charlotte Business Journal; 2/28/11

Providence Health agrees to take over motion picture hospital
The Motion Picture and Television Fund has reached an agreement with hospital chain Providence Health & Services that would allow the fund to keep the hospital and nursing home open in Woodland Hills.
Full story; HealthLeaders Media; 2/28/11

Bon Secours Health System earns bragging rights
Bon Secours Health System wins awards for quality and is helping raise the bar for other health systems. Blair Childs, senior vice president with Premier healthcare alliance, explains how the Hospital Quality Incentive Demonstration Project works.
Full story; pilotonline.com; 2/27/11

Methodist University Hospital offers new technology for cardiovascular and neurovascular care
Methodist University Hospital discusses new technology that produces three dimensional images that are faster and more accurate for many cardiovascular patients and their conditions that need treatment.
Full story; Methodist Healthcare; 2/24/11

New MRI system at Billings Clinic tests patients up to 550 pounds
Officials with Billings Clinic say new technology will allow them to perform MRIs on more patients.
Full story; Billings Gazette; 2/23/11

Cambridge Health Alliance, Tufts Health Plan discussing partnership
Cambridge Health Alliance is in discussions with Tufts Health Plan for it to make a "significant ownership investment" in Network Health, the Health Alliance's managed care plan.
Full story; The Daily News Transcript; 2/23/11

Banner Health to bring primary care services to the community
The center that Banner Health will open is the first major medical facility for area patients. It is the result of a public/private partnership between the city of Maricopa and Banner Health.
Full story; EVLiving.com; 2/23/11

Albert Einstein Medical Center program helps autistic children cope with air travel
Albert Einstein Medical Center has a unique program that is helping autistic children and their families ease into air travel. The goal is to take the program nationwide.
Full story; The Star Ledger; 2/23/11

Hoag Presbyterian Hospital staff offer medical help to Africa
Five doctors and nine nurses from Hoag Presbyterian Hospital brought much needed medical and surgical support to children and families in Africa. This work included setting up clinics, conducting examinations, and performing surgery.
Full story; Laguna Beach Independent; 2/23/11

Harris County Hospital District expands emergency department
Harris County Hospital District officials will celebrate the emergency center expansion at Lyndon Baines Johnson General Hospital.
Full story; Houston Chronicle; 2/23/11

Excela Health adds third hyperbaric unit
Excela Health has added a third hyperbaric chamber at its advanced wound care center, less than a year after introducing the therapy at the Greensburg-based healthcare facility.
Full story; Pittsburgh Business Times; 2/23/11

Marshfield Clinic proceeds with dental school plans
Marshfield Clinic has finalized plans to build the state's second dental school.
Full story; Wausau Daily Herald; 2/22/11

Sharp's $38M green medical office building gets under way
Sharp Rees-Stealy Medical Group plans to replace an aging 85-year-old facility with a modern 66,000-square-foot medical office building that incorporates energy-efficient features.
Full story; San Diego Business Journal; 2/22/11

Boston Medical Center volunteers try to solve social and environmental ills that damage health
Boston Medical Center project focuses on helping low-income families tackle the environmental and social issues that contribute to their health problems.
Full story; boston.com; 2/22/11

Michigan jobs: 8 big metro-area hospitals to hire 14,000 workers this year
Henry Ford Health System, McLaren Health Care and Detroit Medical Center are among the hospitals adding positions. Each is expected to hire hundreds of employees.
Full story; Detroit Free Press; 2/21/11

Palomar Pomerado Health unveils wireless healthcare application for mobile devices
Palomar Pomerado Health announces a mobile healthcare application that will transform the way physicians receive information, and ultimately improve their medical judgments for patients.
Full story; San Diego Union Tribune; 2/20/11

Sharp HealthCare partners with schools
Sharp HealthCare is tightening a partnership with the California Schools Voluntary Employee Benefits Association in a bold, new venture that will increase hospital volumes and decrease premium costs.
Full story; HFMA; 2/18/11

St. Luke's Health System discusses 5 ways to build a sustainable hospital
St. Luke's Health System is using green space and new technology to save energy and money.
Full story; Becker's Hospital Review; 2/18/11

Expected uptick in flu cases causes Alamance Regional to change visitation policies
Alamance Regional Medical Center will implement new visitation policies that will bar children ages 12 and under from the facility unless they are there for medical treatment. This is to protect them from being exposed to illness.
Full story; The Times News; 2/18/11

Aurora partners with Oracle to ID clinical trial subjects
Aurora Health Care believes a new partnership with software giant Oracle could change the way clinical trials are run in the United States.
Full story; The Business Journal; 2/18/11

Bon Secours Health System uses special technology to reduce costs
Bon Secours Health System began using radio frequency identification technology to track equipment. It employs radio frequency signals to remotely locate equipment that has been marked with bar codes. As a result, Bon Secours Richmond, a system of four hospitals has saved almost $2 million annually.
Full story; HFMA; 2/17/11

Chatham University partners with West Penn Allegheny Health System in training
Chatham University has partnered with West Penn Allegheny Health System to provide training programs for physical therapists and physician assistants.
Full story; Pittsburgh Business Times; 2/17/11

A look at Nemours Children's Hospital
Orlando's new Nemours Children's Hospital will cater to families needs. Parents offered input on what they needed most when helping to care for their children.
Full story; HealthLeaders Media; 2/17/11

Baptist Health boosts income
Baptist Health South Florida started its fiscal year on the right foot by generating 140 percent more income in the first quarter.
Full story; South Florida Business Journal; 2/16/11

Alegent Health is adding sophistication to its website, improving value to patients
Alegent Health's website wins awards and remains focused on creating the best consumer-patient experience on the Web.
Full story; Alegent Health; 2/16/11

When leaders commit to safety: How Catholic Health Partners created a patient safety culture
Michael Connelly, president and CEO of Catholic Health Partners explains that cultural and clinical transformation tied to safety cannot be delegated. He says it requires institutional management and leadership.
Full story; Catholic Health Partners; 2/16/11

Geisinger Health System finds ways to save millions on energy
Geisinger Health System, explains that while energy costs can consume up to 3 percent of a hospital's total operating budget and up to at least 15 percent of their annual profit, there are proven energy initiatives that can positively impact a hospital's bottom line.
Full story; Action for Better Healthcare; 2/16/11

Mountain States Health Alliance program offers childhood obesity grants
The program started in part by Mountain States Health Alliance is offering $50,000 in grants to community organizations whose goal is to reduce the level of childhood obesity in the region. The deadline for applying for these grants is March 1.
Full story; Mountain States Health Alliance; 2/15/11

Duke to provide cardiovascular services at SC hospital
Duke University Health System will provide cardiovascular services, including open heart surgery and elective angioplasty, at Lexington Medical Center in West Columbia, South Carolina.
Full story; HealthLeaders Media; 2/14/11

Renewed focus at Baystate Health System
Baystate Health explains how it is placing a renewed focus on population-based health education, disease prevention and chronic disease management.
Full story; masslive.com; 2/13/11

Baystate Health shifts marketing initiatives
Baystate Health's marketing initiatives have already shifted to prepare for the changes brought by healthcare reform. The hospital is redesigning its website so that any data and information a healthcare consumer may be interested in is easily accessible.
Full story; HealthLeaders Media; 2/13/11

Methodist Healthcare opens heart valve clinics in Memphis
Methodist is opening two valve clinics to identify patients with aortic valve stenosis (narrowing) who may be candidates for the procedure. The clinics will be located at Sutherland Cardiology in East Memphis and on the campus of Methodist University Hospital in the Memphis medical center.
Full story; Methodist Healthcare; 2/11/11

University of Connecticut Health Center doctor discusses increase of c-sections
Dr. Joseph Walsh, an obstetrician at the University of Connecticut Health Center, thinks that the increasing number of C-sections have played a part in natural selection, particularly in mothers' pelvic size and babies' birth weight.
Full story; Hartford Courant; 2/11/11

Baystate Health expands emergency room
The new emergency room will be 70,000 square feet or about the size of a football field and more than three times the size of the hospital's existing emergency room.
Full story; masslive.com; 2/11/11

Stroke group funds Shelby hospital
The North Carolina Stroke Association has made a $15,000 grant to Cleveland Regional Medical Center to assist the hospital in earning certification as a stroke center.
Full story; Charlotte Business Journal; 2/11/11

Peninsula Regional Medical Center dedicates pediatric playroom to the late Jose Alvarado, MD
Peninsula Regional Medical Center dedicates its pediatric playroom to the late Jose Alvarado, MD. At the time of his passing, he was serving as Chief of Pediatrics.
Full story; Peninsula Regional Medical Center; 2/11/11

Program at Children's Hospital Boston drastically reduces emergency room visits
An asthma prevention program at Children's Hospital Boston has reduced emergency room visits and hospitalizations. But the program underscores the tension between a hospital's quest for quality and its bottom line.
Full story; HealthLeaders Media; 2/10/11

Sharp Grossmont Hospital makes daytime TV debut
Sharp Grossmont Hospital's Women's Health Center participated in the first-ever live taping of a birth on daytime TV for ABC's hit show, "The Doctors."
Full story; Sharp Grossmont Hospital; 2/10/11

Cleveland Clinic invests in wound therapy startup
The Cleveland Clinic and economic development group JumpStart have invested $500,000 in SironRX Therapeutics, a newly created company developing a wound-healing therapy.
Full story; Medcity News; 2/10/11

Anne Arundel Medical Center wins Friendly Workplace Award
The District of Columbia and Maryland Breastfeeding Coalitions have jointly awarded Anne Arundel Medical Center with the Silver Breastfeeding-Friendly Workplace Award for the hospital's efforts on behalf of breastfeeding mothers.
Full story; Anne Arundel Medical Center; 2/9/11

Ellenville Regional Hospital elects nurse practitioner for medical staff president
Bob Donaldson is clinical director of emergency medicine and president of the medical staff at Ellenville Regional Hospital in New York. He was elected to this influential position by his physician colleagues and enjoys great support from the hospital's medical staff.
Full story; HealthLeaders Media; 2/8/11

Morton Hospital in merger talks with Southcoast Hospitals
Morton Hospital and Medical Center is in merger talks with Southcoast Hospitals Group.
Full story; The Herald News; 2/8/11

Mount Sinai Comprehensive Cancer Center offers new treatment for prostate cancer
Mount Sinai Comprehensive Cancer Center is offering a new therapy called Provenge. It may prolong a patient's life without chemotherapy. The therapy involves using a patient's own blood so doctors can then manipulate the immune system's cancer-fighting properties.
Full story; The Miami Herald; 2/8/11

St. Anthony's partners with 11 cardiac care specialists to lead the Heart Specialty Center
St. Anthony's Medical Center is partnering with 11 top cardiac care physicians. This unique partnership has resulted in the creation of The Heart Specialty Center at St. Anthony's Medical Center.
Full story; St. Anthony's Medical Center; 2/8/11

Robert Rich Jr. takes over as head of Cleveland Clinic board of directors
The Cleveland Clinic's board of directors elected billionaire businessman Robert Rich Jr. Monday as its new chairman.
Full story; cleveland.com; 2/8/11

Cleveland Clinic and Catholic Healthcare West partner with MinuteClinic
Experts point to partnerships between that the Cleveland Clinic and Catholic Healthcare West have with MinuteClinic as evidence of growth that is expected in the walk-in clinic market.
Full story; Daily Markets; 2/8/11

Evergreen Hospital Medical Center finds success with reducing readmissions
Evergreen Hospital Medical Center explains that better discharge planning and quicker follow-up care are keeping patients at home and helping to avert Medicare pay cuts.
Full story; American Medical News; 2/7/11

Ranch helps teen battle eating disorder
Remuda Ranch offers inpatient and residential care to those struggling from eating disorders. Hear one teen's story of what it is like to battle this illness.
Full story; newsplex.com; 2/7/11

Millard Fillmore Hospital reports improved patient outcomes and cost savings
Millard Fillmore Hospital has reported improved patient outcomes, shortened lengths of stay and annual savings of $750,000 after switching from x-ray and MRI to Toshiba's Aquilion One CT for stroke workup.
Full story; HealthImaging.com; 2/7/11

Adventist Health to build $4.5M Dinuba care facility
Adventist Health announces it will build an urgent care and radiology center that should be complete this year. Construction of the 7,200 square-foot facility is expected to start by May.
Full story; The Business Journal; 2/7/11

Kaiser to be CEO of Temple Health System
Temple University Health System named Dr. Larry Kaiser to CEO, as well as dean of the Temple University School of Medicine.
Full story; Philadelphia Business Journal; 2/7/11

Roundup Memorial Hospital reaches out to Billings Clinic for management help
Billings Clinic has signed a one-year agreement to help Roundup Memorial Hospital. Billings will help Roundup build a technology system so that the hospital will be able to install an EHR system.
Full story; Billings Gazette; 2/5/11

Inova Health System plans personal medicine center
Inova Health System's board expects to consider a final business plan in the coming months for its own Institute for Personalized Medicine and Translational Research.
Full story; Washington Business Journal; 2/4/11

Cleveland Clinic research aims to lower kids' football concussion risks
Researchers at the Cleveland Clinic have been interested in whether or not certain helmets are really safe for kids, and how their smaller frames play a role in their concussion risk.
Full story; cleveland.com; 2/4/11

Provena Health and Resurrection Health Care sign letter exploring merger
With a goal of expanding patient access to high quality Catholic healthcare in Illinois, Provena Health and Resurrection Health Care have signed a non-binding Letter of Intent to explore merging the two healthcare systems.
Full story; Resurrection Health Care; 2/3/11

Riverside Health System names next president and CEO
Riverside Health System chief operation officer and executive vice president William B. Downey will become the system's president next month and its CEO at the end of the year.
Full story; Newport News; 2/3/11

Bon Secours Health System wins multiple awards
Bon Secours Charity Health System recently received multiple awards for delivering high-quality care in six clinical areas. According to CEO Philip A. Patterson, Bon Secours Charity Health System won 15 awards – and the system's hospitals won 82 awards – participating in a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Premier health care alliance value-based purchasing project.
Full story; (Middletown, NY) Times Herald-Record; 2/2/11

Johnson City Medical Center nurse to help write national nursing exam
Stacie Davis, a nurse manager in the oncology department at Johnson City Medical Center, has been selected out of several applicants to assist the Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation in writing the questions for their next national exam.
Full story; Mountain States Health Alliance; 2/2/11

Toadvine joins MSHA as CMO for Virginia hospitals
Stephen Toadvine, M.D., MPH, MMM, FAAFP, has accepted the position of chief medical officer for the Virginia hospitals of Mountain States Health Alliance.
Full story; Mountain States Health Alliance; 2/2/11

Aurora Health Care helps staff get to work following blizzard
Jeff Smith, vice president of medical affairs for Aurora Health Care, picked up several nurses and other co-workers on his way to work this week after a major snow storm hit Wisconsin.
Full story; Journal Sentinel; 2/2/11

Alexian Brothers hospitals prepared for rush
More than 400 nurses and other staff spent the night at Alexian Brothers hospitals in order to continue to take care of patients impacted following a major snow storm in the Chicago area.
Full story; Chicago Tribune; 2/2/11

Alegent Health offers targeted healthcare
Alegent Health has continued to focus on labor and delivery by opening a new maternity center at Bergan Mercy Medical Center. Alegent Health explains why targeted healthcare helps patients.
Full story; World-Herald News Service; 2/2/11

Catholic Healthcare West program results in huge savings
Catholic Healthcare West explains that its telephone monitoring system for cardiac care saved about $19.5 million from 2004 to 2009 and reduced rates of readmission for chronic heart problems by up to 85 percent.
Full story; The Sacramento Bee; 2/2/11

MedWest Health System is getting the numbers right
Michael Poore, president and CEO at MedWest Health System, explains how a combined IT solution and consulting services with Premier healthcare alliance, helped his organization assess staffing needs and related areas where costs could be saved.
Full story; Healthcare Informatics; 2/2/11

Bethesda to offer new heart treatment
Heart specialists at Bethesda North Hospital are among the first in the nation to offer a new procedure for correcting a heart rhythm disorder that increases stroke risk.
Full story; Cincinnati.com; 2/1/11

New Balance gives Boston Children's Hospital $7 million
New Balance has donated $7 million to Boston's Children's Hospital to establish a center to fight childhood obesity.
Full story; Boston Business Journal; 2/1/11

Texas Health Resources gets ready for Super Bowl fans
Officials with Texas Health Resources say preparations are in place to deal with any health related emergencies at the Super Bowl. They are getting ready for an increase in emergency room visits, if needed.
Full story; Star-Telegram; 2/1/11

Henry Ford Health System, NPOs, invest in assisted living for seniors
The Henry Ford Health System is teaming up with two nonprofit organizations to help redevelop a Detroit neighborhood by creating affordable assisted-living options and expanding federal healthcare services for seniors.
Full story; HealthLeaders Media; 2/1/11

January 2011

St. John Medical Center celebrates anniversary with $100 million gift
St. John Medical Center is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. Its' owners, University Hospitals and Sisters of Charity Health System, are providing a major gift.
Full story; mdnews.com; 1/31/11

Duke University Health System and LifePoint Hospitals partner to create innovative options for community hospitals
Duke University Health System, Inc. and LifePoint Hospitals have formed DLP Healthcare, LLC (Duke/LifePoint), a joint venture designed to strengthen and improve healthcare delivery throughout North Carolina and the surrounding regions by creating flexible affiliation options for community hospitals.
Full story; Business Wire; 1/31/11

New Balance gives Children's $7 million
Boston, Mass.-based sneaker maker New Balance has donated $7 million to Boston's Children's Hospital to establish a center to fight childhood obesity.
Full story; Boston Business Journal; 1/28/11

McLeod Health goes paperless, effectively monitors data to reduce infections
By eliminating piles of paper, McLeod Health is now able to more effectively monitor clinical data and reduce infections with the help of the Premier healthcare alliance's SafetyConnect™ program.
Full story; Infection Control Today; 1/27/11

Fairview and Park Nicollet join discussion to streamline Medicaid
Concerned that the Legislature and governor might get it wrong, CEOs from seven major health plans and providers have drawn up their own plan to streamline Minnesota's massive Medicaid program and carve $1.8 billion from the projected $6.2 billion deficit.
Full story; Star Tribune; 1/27/11

2011 Distinguished Hospital Award presented to PRMC
Peninsula Regional Medical Center announces that a new study, for a third consecutive year, has ranked its clinical quality among the top in the nation.
Full story; Peninsula Regional Medical Center; 1/27/11

Beverly Molter-Sundock named TGMC Director of Strategic Business and Quality Development
Terrebonne General Medical Center (TGMC) is pleased to announce that Beverly Molter-Sundock has been named the new director of Strategic Business and Quality Development. Molter-Sundock has 20 years of healthcare experience and extensive experience in quality improvement.
Full story; Terrebonne General Medial Center website; 10/26/10

Premier members receive Distinguished Hospital Award for clinical excellence
HealthGrades identifies those hospitals performing in the top 5 percent nationwide across 26 different medical procedures and diagnoses. Several Premier members make the list.
Full story; HealthGrades; 1/26/11

Harvard Pilgrim, Tufts Health Plan mull merger
Harvard Pilgrim Health Care and Tufts Health Plan have signed a memorandum of understanding to explore a merger of the two health plans. If the merger goes through, it would mark the joining of Massachusetts' second and third largest insurers, insuring roughly one out of every three residents in the commonwealth.
Full story; Healthcare Finance News; 1/26/11

Quillen Rehabilitation awarded three-year CARF accreditation
CARF International announced that James H. and Cecile C. Quillen Rehabilitation Hospital has been accredited for a period of three years for its inpatient rehabilitation program for adults, children and adolescents.
Full story; Mountain States Health Alliance website; 1/25/11

Providence Regional Medical Center receives $5M gift
An Everett couple has given Providence Regional Medical Center Everett the largest gift of the hospital's 100 years in business. Marshall and Katherine Cymbaluk donated $5 million to help build a new medical tower at the hospital.
Full story; The Seattle Times; 1/25/11

Niswonger Children's Hospital supported by radio host Delilah through Together for Kids
American radio personality Delilah announces a new partnership with Together for Kids that will benefit dozens of children's hospitals across the nation, including Niswonger Children's Hospital in Johnson City.
Full story; Mountain States Health Alliance; 1/25/11

CaroMont names Levine exec VP, CMO
Dr. Jerry Levine has been appointed to the new positions of executive vice president for clinical integration and chief medical officer at CaroMont Health.
Full story (subscription may be required); Modern Physician; 1/25/11

Carolinas HealthCare eyes Hospice of Union County
Carolinas HealthCare System has signed a preliminary agreement to acquire Hospice of Union County.
Full story; Charlotte Business Journal; 1/25/11

Grace Daigel named vice president, Managed Care Contracting, for Resurrection Health Care
Grace Daigel will be responsible for all managed care contracting activities for Resurrection Health Care. She has more than 20 years of experience in managed care, legislative/regulatory affairs and health system operations and planning.
Full story; Resurrection Health Care; 1/24/11

West Coast health system outsources nursing, allied health staff
PeaceHealth, a six-hospital health system has begun implementation of a managed services deal that will increase the number of outsourced clinical staff and workforce management processes.
Full story; Healthcare Finance News; 1/24/11

CHOP, Virtua will work together
CHOP-employed physician specialists will provide services at Virtua's inpatient pediatric-care units, pediatric intensive-care units, and emergency departments.
Full story; Philadelphia Business Journal; 1/24/11

Baptist Health makes Fortune's annual '100 Best Companies to Work For' list
This year, Baptist Health was ranked 42nd overall and 12th among large employers. The full list and related stories appear in the February 7 issue of Fortune.
Full story; Baptist Health; 1/21/11

Alegent clinic tries team care approach
Alegent began testing the medical home model in March and intends to expand it to other clinics in the next several years. Alegent staff explain how a medical home helps patients.
Full story; Omaha World Herald; 1/20/11

State regulators OK Parkersburg hospitals' merger
Officials have granted a certificate of need allowing West Virginia United Health System to buy St. Joseph's Hospital and affiliate with Camden-Clark Hospital. Both hospitals will operate as subsidiaries of the health system.
Full story; Charleston Daily Mail; 1/20/11

Ellis Hospital offers warranty on heart procedure
Ellis Hospital has vowed that if a bypass surgery patient is readmitted for related complications within 90 days of discharge, the patient will pay nothing for the second hospital stay.
Full story; The Business Review; 1/20/11

Mettert joins Sycamore Shoals Hospital as director of emergency department
Jon Mettert, D.O., has joined Sycamore Shoals Hospital as director of the Emergency Department.
Full story; Mountain States Health Alliance; 1/19/11

M.D. Anderson receives $150 million gift
The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center is receiving $150 million from the president of the United Arab Emirates, the largest donation ever given to an institution in the Texas Medical Center. The gift, announced Tuesday by the Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation, will fund M.D. Anderson's Institute for Personalized Cancer Therapy – both research and a building.
Full story; The Houston Chronicle; 1/18/11

CaroMont Health: Raising the bar for regional cardiac care
CaroMont Health is welcoming James P. Greelish, M.D., to the role of director of cardiothoracic surgery at the organization.
Full story; MDNews.com; 1/18/11

Group Health picks Good Sam campus for new office
Group Health Associates plans to relocate its operations to a medical office building to be constructed on the Good Samaritan Hospital campus.
Full story; Business Courier; 1/18/11

Some hospitals invest in luxury amenities to draw patients
Moffitt Cancer Center and other hospitals in Florida are offering the kind of service patients could expect at salons, stores and hotels.
Full story; St. Petersburg Times; 1/18/11

Johnston Memorial Cancer Center offers free cervical screenings
In recognition of Cervical Health Awareness Month, the Johnston Memorial Cancer Center will be offering free cervical screenings one day this month.
Full story; Mountain States Health Alliance; 1/17/11

MedStar Health teams with Cleveland Clinic
The new Innovation Alliance will initially focus on helping MedStar bring ideas to market using the Cleveland Clinic's commercialization expertise. Over the past decade, the Ohio-based institution said it has spun off 35 companies and licensed more than 250 technologies.
Full story; The Washington Post; 1/17/11

West Penn Allegheny medical school in works
West Penn Allegheny officials have been working to expand to a full medical school for nearly a decade, talking with various schools along the way. The health system's announcement occurs amid warnings from the American Association of Medical Colleges that the United States must begin educating more doctors to meet the demands that will be created as more and more physicians retire at the same time that an aging population of baby boomers will be demanding more care.
Full story; Pittsburgh Tribune Review; 1/15/11

Incentives to spur growth in Detroit's midtown
Detroit Medical Center and Henry Ford Health System will invest in the "Live Midtown" incentive program in Detroit. The goal is to encourage growth in midtown.
Full story; Chicago Tribune; 1/14/11

PRMC and Children's National Medical Center collaborate on pediatric and NICU care
Peninsula Regional Medical Center (PRMC) and Children's National Medical Center announce expanded pediatric services for children and families.
Full story; Peninsula Regional Medical Center; 1/14/11

Foster McGaw prize awarded to Allegiance Health
Each year, this $100,000 prize is presented to a healthcare organization that provides innovative programs that significantly improve the health and well-being of its community. This year Allegiance Health is one of those winners.
Full story; Allegiance Health; 1/13/11

The Geisinger approach to security in a connected world
Geisinger Health System, a pioneer in using electronic information to aid integrated delivery, has portals for both patients and physicians. They just received a special grant to help with these IT efforts and others. Hear what their IT experts are working on now.
Full story; Health Data Management; 1/12/11

Pikeville Medical Center teams up with Cleveland Clinic
Pikeville Medical Center has become affiliated with the Cleveland Clinic's heart surgery program. The affiliation will enhance opportunities to provide new treatments and therapies to PMC patients.
Full story; WSAZ-TV; 1/12/11

Adventist forms health policy association
Adventist Health Policy Association has been formed to serve as the united policy voice for 72 hospitals and more than 300 affiliated healthcare facilities.
Full story; Sacramento Business Journal; 1/12/11

Geisinger partners with Precyse
Geisinger Health System says a first-of-its-kind partnership will improve clinical documentation and coding accuracy.
Full story; Healthcare Finance News; 1/12/11

Carolinas HealthCare win Jerry award
Carolinas HealthCare will be honored in May for its contributions to the area it serves.
Full story; Charlotte Business Journal; 1/12/11

Cleveland Clinic creates center for personalized healthcare
The Cleveland Clinic has established the Center for Personalized Healthcare, which is designed to offer healthcare providers the tools they need to tailor care plans to the individual characteristics of each patient.
Full story; Healthcare Finance News; 1/11/11

Cleveland Clinic creates center for personalized healthcare
The new center will operate as the Cleveland Clinic's focal point for the identification, analysis, adoption and integration of select new services and technologies that will allow for personalized care of patients.
Full story; Healthcare Finance News; 1/11/11

PRMC visitation change brings 'peace of mind'
Staff members at Peninsula Regional Medical Center help shape the implementation of a new flexible visitation schedule.
Full story; delmarvanow.com; 1/11/11

Banner Health uses video to communicate with patients
Banner Health hospitals including East Morgan County Hospital in Brush are implementing new Video Remote Interpretation services to assist in communications with patients.
Full story; The Fort Morgan Times; 1/11/11

Wait more than 15 minutes, get a gift card
In an effort to encourage patients to make use of the new facilities at Franklin Woods Community Hospital, health system officials announce that the emergency department now comes with a 15-minute guarantee.
Full story; Johnson City Press; 1/10/11

CaroMont Health exec earns post on national council
CaroMont Health President and CEO Valinda Rutledge has been elected to the American Hospital Association's Section for Metropolitan Hospitals.
Full story; Gaston Gazette; 1/9/11

Kettering Behavioral Medicine Center offering special parenting class
A unique class will teach patients long-term parenting goals by using a balanced parenting style.
Full story; Kettering Behavioral Medicine Center; 1/7/11

Texas Health Resources may have prescription for success
Texas Health Resources wants to be at the forefront of the healthcare reform movement. It targeted better integration between hospitals and doctors in its 10-year plan in 2006, before healthcare reform emerged in Washington.
Full story; Star-Telegram; 1/7/11

Bellingham heart doctor organizes summit to focus on opening blocked arteries
Doctors at PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center, are working to help standardize certain heart procedures.
Full story; The Bellingham Herald; 1/6/11

Phoebe Putney's acquisition of Georgia's Palmyra Medical Center may close next month
In February, Phoebe Putney's acquisition of Palmyra Medical Center is expected to be complete.
Full story; Becker's Hospital Review; 1/6/11

Bellingham heart doctor organizes summit to focus on opening blocked arteries
Doctors at PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center, are working to help standardize certain heart procedures.
Full story; The Bellingham Herald; 1/6/11

Phoebe Putney's acquisition of Georgia's Palmyra Medical Center may close next month
In February, Phoebe Putney's acquisition of Palmyra Medical Center is expected to be complete.
Full story; Becker's Hospital Review; 1/6/11

New Cleveland Clinic surgery center set to open in June
The new facility will include four operating rooms, two procedure rooms and two endoscopy suites, according to the Cleveland Clinic. It will also create 300 jobs.
Full story; ASC Review; 1/6/11

Miami Children's teams with Better Health
Miami Children's Hospital has signed a deal with Better Health to form a Medicaid health plan. It would be the first collaboration in Florida between a nonprofit hospital and a private managed care company to form a provider-sponsored network.
Full story; South Florida Business Journal; 1/5/11

Miami Children's teams with Better Health
Miami Children's Hospital has signed a deal with Better Health to form a Medicaid health plan. It would be the first collaboration in Florida between a nonprofit hospital and a private managed care company to form a provider-sponsored network.
Full story; South Florida Business Journal; 1/5/11

St. Luke's buys land for possible Quakertown Hospital move
St. Luke's Hospital & Health Network bought 30 acres of land in Milford that could one day serve as the new home of St. Luke's Quakertown Hospital.
Full story; Philadelphia Business Journal; 1/5/11

Baptist Health South Florida doubles profit in fiscal 2010
Baptist Health's revenue climbed as a result of increased admissions, emergency room visits, urgent care visits and surgeries at its five hospitals.
Full story; HealthLeaders Media; 1/5/11

DMC $60M construction projects begin
Two architectural projects at Detroit Medical Center are the Cardiovascular Institute and Multispecialty Building, a five-story, 150,000-square-foot building, and the Sinai-Grace Hospital Emergency Department expansion, which will double the ED and add 46 ICU beds.
Full story; HealthLeaders Media; 1/5/11

UConn cardiologists uncover new heart attack warning sign
Researchers at the University of Connecticut Health Center identify a protein fragment that when detected in the blood can be a predictor of heart attack.
Full story; UCHC.com; 1/4/11

PRMC announces new vice president of operations optimization
Peninsula Regional Medical Center announces that Steve Leonard has been promoted to the position of vice president of Operations Optimization and Innovation.
Full story; Delmarva Media Group; 1/4/11

Texas Health makes giant leap toward goal of coordinated, integrated care delivery with acquisition of MedicalEdge Healthcare Group
The acquisition enables Texas Health to become a 'medical home' for thousands of North Texas patients.
Full story; PR Newswire; 1/4/11

Clostridium difficile infections increasing among children
Researchers at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center find that children with clostridium difficile infections have longer hospitalizations and also have higher death rates and more surgeries to remove a part of the colon.
Full story; Los Angeles Times; 1/3/11

Shifting from a hospital-based to community-based mindset
Valinda Rutledge, CEO of CaroMont Health discusses her system's plan for the future and why hospital leaders need to take a community-based approach to health, rather than just a hospital-based one.
Full story; Becker's Hospital Review; 1/3/11

More patients making appointments online as doctors embrace Web
The Cleveland Clinic has allowed existing and new patients to make online appointment requests for three years. It has just begun a pilot program to allow existing patients to see the available appointments for some doctors.
Full story; Kaiser Health News; 1/3/11

Tampa Bay hospitals ring in the new year by going tobacco-free
Hospitals around the Tampa Bay region are ringing in 2011 with a healthy resolution long in the works, extinguishing on-campus smoking. Morton Plant Mease healthcare is among those becoming a smoke-free zone.
Full story; HealthLeaders Media; 1/3/11

Pardee Hospital CEO moving on
Outgoing Pardee Hospital CEO Kris Hoce talks about improvements at the hospital during his three-year tenure.
Full story; BlueRidgeNow.com; 1/1/11