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July 2012

Edison Nation, CHS partner to find the 'next big idea' in healthcare
Edison Nation has partnered with Carolinas Healthcare System to create
Full story; WFAE; 7/24/12

Crews implode old Florida Hospital Ormond Memorial on Sunday
The Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center, located in Daytona Beach, replaced the old hospital in 2009 just a few miles away and is double the size of the former Florida Hospital Ormond Memorial.
Full story; Orlando Business Journal; 7/23/12

New Jersey's first medical school in 35 years set to open
Rowan University and The Cooper Health System entered into a partnership in 2009 to establish the school. Its charter class arrives next month.
Full story; Philadelphia Business Journal; 7/23/12

PRMC CEO Peggy Naleppa named one of Maryland's most admired CEOs
Peninsula Regional Medical Center President and CEO Peggy Naleppa, MS, MBA, Dr.M, FACHE, was named among Maryland's 30 Most Admired CEOs for 2012.
Full story; Peninsula Regional Medical Center; 7/23/12

Friendly hospital competition gives lift to needy area women
Akron General and Summa are competing to see which health system can provide the most support for needy area women.
Full story;; 7/22/12

Palmetto Health introduces a new resource for the community
Palmetto Health introduces REACH, a new stroke-care resource for the community.
Full story; Palmetto Health; 7/20/12

Moore Regional scores top honors for N.C. hospitals
FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital was recognized as a high performer in pulmonology and eight other specialties.
Full story; The Pilot; 7/19/12

FirstHealth selects army officer as hospital COO
Col. Brian Canfield becomes the new chief operating officer at FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital.
Full story; The Pilot; 7/19/12

AHA board elects James Hinton as chair-elect designate
The American Hospital Association's Board of Trustees has elected James H. Hinton, president and CEO of Presbyterian Healthcare Services in Albuquerque, N.M., as its chair-elect designate.
Full story; AHA; 7/19/12

UH receives top prize for quality improvement and safety, is lauded as national model
University Hospitals Case Medical Center is the recipient of the 2012 American Hospital Association McKesson Quest for Quality Prize.
Full story;; 7/19/12

Fraser named director of AAMC Breast Center
Maureen Fraser, RN, is now the director of the Breast Center at Anne Arundel Medical Center.
Full story; Anne Arundel Medical Center; 7/19/12

Heartland Health named among 100 Great Community Hospitals
Heartland Health is recognized as one of the best community hospitals.
Full story; Heartland Health; 7/19/12

Summa announces it is exploring partnership
Summa Health System says it is exploring a partnership with a larger, nonprofit health system as it prepares for changes in the way hospitals will be reimbursed by federal and commercial insurers.
Full story;; 7/18/12

Florida Hospital ranks among best in state
Florida Hospital, Cleveland Clinic and Moffitt named among best in state of Florida.
Full story; U.S.News & World Report; 7/18/12

US News & World Report names Peninsula Regional Medical Center among nation's best regional hospitals
Peninsula Regional Medical Center is among the nation's best hospitals for 2012-2013, and has been named a Best Regional Hospital on the Eastern Shore of Maryland according to U.S. News & World Report.
Full story; Peninsula Regional Medical Center; 7/18/12

Carolinas HealthCare makes Most Wired list
Carolinas HealthCare System has been ranked among the nation's "Most Wired Hospitals and Health Systems" for a ninth consecutive year.
Full story; Charlotte Business Journal; 7/17/12

HealthAlliance explores possible sale of Kingston Hospital
The Kingston Hospital facilities are up for sale as the HealthAlliance of the Hudson Valley continues with plans to consolidate that hospital into the Benedictine Hospital operation in Kingston.
Full story; Mid Hudson Radio; 7/16/12

TriHealth achieves magnet status
The American Nurses Credentialing Center has honored TriHealth with Magnet Recognition for excellence in nursing care.
Full story; TriHealth; 7/16/12

Sharp HealthCare named among 2012 Most Wired
Sharp HealthCare has been recognized as one of the nation's "Most Wired", according to the results of the 2012 Most Wired Survey.
Full story; Sharp HealthCare; 7/16/12

Building the best physician team
Hospitals that acquire physician groups need precise planning to integrate these new medical teams. "We recruit physicians who share our philosophy," says Paul Colavita, president of the Carolinas HealthCare System's Sanger Heart & Vascular Institute, which has more than 90 physicians and 24 locations.
Full story; HealthLeaders Media; 7/13/12

Got a smart medical idea? Tell Carolinas HealthCare, Edison Nation
Carolinas HealthCare wants to turn the innovative ideas of its physicians, nurses and patients into health-care improvements with a nationwide impact.
Full story; Charlotte Business Journal; 7/12/12

Jack Rust left a positive mark on New Mexico
Jack Rust gave his time and money to many causes and organizations, but perhaps the greatest beneficiary of his generosity was Presbyterian Healthcare Services
Full story; New Mexico Business Weekly; 7/12/12

Florida Hospital East details expansion on Twitter
Florida Hospital East announced plans via twitter to build out shell space and expand the emergency department.
Full story; Orlando Business Journal; 7/11/12

Mercy forms region's first ACO
Mercy Health is one of 89 groups nationally that will get to share in the savings if it can lower the cost of care for Medicare patients.
Full story;; 7/11/12

University Hospitals to participate as a Medicare Shared Savings Program Accountable Care Organization
University Hospitals, an industry recognized integrated healthcare system based in Cleveland, has been selected to participate in the Medicare Shared Savings Program.
Full story; The Sacramento Bee; 7/10/12

Catholic Health Partners names Larry James chief diversity officer
Catholic Health Partners named Larry James vice president and chief diversity officer.
Full story; Business Courier; 7/10/12

Heartland Health develops an accountable care organization
Heartland Regional Medical Center has developed an Accountable Care Organization, is participating in the Medicare Shared Savings Program and may enter into other similar shared savings arrangements with commercial, self-insured, or other third-party payors.
Full story; Heartland Health; 7/9/12

Consumer Reports recognizes Mon General for patient safety
Mon General Hospital was the only hospital in West Virginia ranked for Hospital Safety in the August 2012 issue of Consumer Reports.
Full story; Mon General; 7/9/12

Kaleida expanding services in Depew
Kaleida Health received state approval to expand services at its Depew clinic, adding certified mental health outpatient services.
Full story; Buffalo Business First; 7/9/12

Mercy Health approved to participate in ACO
Mercy Health has been approved to participate in the federal government's accountable care organization program, a key provision of healthcare reform.
Full story; Business Courier; 7/9/12

New surgery reduces stroke risk in people with atrial fibrillation
Henry Ford Hospital explains patients with atrial fibrillation who can't take blood thinners for the heartbeat irregularity have a new minimally invasive option to reduce their risk of a stroke.
Full story; Detroit Free Press; 7/7/12

MSHA accountable care organization takes on Medicare patients
Medicare patients that use Mountain States Health Alliance facilities and services will now receive care through the hospital system's new Accountable Care Organization.
Full story; WJHL-TV; 7/7/12

Carolinas HealthCare plans operation at NC Research Campus
Details about construction of a N.C. Research Campus facility to house some Carolinas HealthCare System operations.
Full story; Charlotte Business Journal; 7/5/12

TriHealth Physician Partners purchases The Family Medical Group
With the addition of The Family Medical Group, 30 TriHealth physician practices have achieved level 3 recognition from the National Committee on Quality Assurance.
Full story; TriHealth; 7/3/12

Sher McClanahan named Senior Vice President of System, Clinical and Operational Transformation
TriHealth President and Chief Executive Officer John Prout announces that Sher McClanahan has been appointed the new Senior Vice President of System, Clinical and Operational Transformation for TriHealth.
Full story; TriHealth; 7/3/12

CaroMont Health to occupy former retail building in Gastonia
CaroMont has a lease for more than 25,000 square feet for a new health facility.
Full story; Charlotte Business Journal; 7/2/12

MD Anderson researchers find link between Tolfenamic acid, cancer prevention
Researchers at MD Anderson Cancer Center Orlando have found a link between Tolfenamic acid and reduction of esophageal tumors.
Full story; Orlando Business Journal; 7/2/12

CaroMont to occupy former retail building in Gastonia
A vacant former Circuit City store building in Gastonia will be occupied by a CaroMont Health operation called Senior Total Life Care
Full story; Charlotte Business Journal; 7/2/12

Henry Ford aims to sow green space into upgrade
Henry Ford Health System is making plans to add more green space.
Full story; Crain's Detroit Business; 7/1/12

Hruban joins Anne Arundel as First Administrative Fellow
Zoe Hruban has joined Anne Arundel Health System as its first administrative fellow.
Full story; Anne Arundel Health System; 7/1/12

June 2012

Providence Hospitals receives GHX Best 50 Customer Award for the third straight year
Providence Hospitals received the 2011 GHX Best 50 Customer Award at the 2012 GHX Healthcare Supply Chain Summit in Orlando.
Full story; Providence Hospitals; 6/29/12

Mercy Health awaits decision on accountable care organization participation
Mercy Health is awaiting a decision on its application to participate in the accountable care organization program, a key provision of health care reform for medical providers.
Full story; Business Courier; 6/29/12

BayCare on track with health strategy after Supreme Court ruling
A strategy developed by BayCare Health System to deal with healthcare reform is bearing fruit. An electronic medical records system and a new physicians network are key elements that will help BayCare thrive now that the Supreme Court has upheld the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
Full story; Tampa Bay Business Journal; 6/29/12

Henry Ford CEO says higher pay is the only way to attract primary-care doctors
Nancy Schlichting, chief executive officer of the Henry Ford Health System, which handles $4.2 billion in revenues, says there are no easy answers in addressing the projected shortage of physicians in Michigan, particularly primary care physicians.
Full story; Bridge Q&A; 6/28/12

TriHealth breaks ground on new emergency department at Bethesda Butler County Hospital
TriHealth announced they have broken ground on a new 10,500 square-foot emergency department at TriHealth's Bethesda Butler County Hospital located at 3075 Hamilton Mason Road in Hamilton. The new emergency department will be attached to the imaging center and surgery building.
Full story; TriHealth; 6/28/12

Charlotte-area hospitals react to Supreme Court health reform ruling
Officials at CaroMont Health say they will review the court's decision closely. What it does not change is the Gastonia-based healthcare system's commitment to providing high-quality, low-cost patient care, says Randy Kelley, president and chief executive. "Frankly, I think that will be a relief from a standpoint of bringing some certainty," says Joe Piemont, president and chief operating officer of Carolinas HealthCare System.
Full story; The Charlotte Business Journal; 6/28/12

Catholic Health Partners statement on Supreme Court's ACA ruling
Due to earlier actions taken by Catholic Health Partners, we believe today's ruling by the U. S. Supreme Court to uphold the Patient Protection and ACA will not have a significant impact on CHP's strategic direction.
Full story; CHP website; 6/28/12

Baptist Healthcare CEO to retire
Tommy J. Smith, president and CEO at Baptist Healthcare System Inc., plans to retire, effective April 15, 2013.
Full story; Business First; 6/27/12

Florida Hospital, ORMC make Becker's largest non-profit hospitals in America
Central Florida's two dominant healthcare systems have made Becker's Hospital Review's list of 50 Largest Non-Profit Hospitals in America.
Full story; Orlando Business Journal; 6/26/12

Health information exchange advances in Kentucky through new partnership
The Kentucky Health Information Exchange, St. Elizabeth Healthcare in Edgewood, Ky., and HealthBridge achieved a successful secure exchange of patient information.
Full story; HealthBridge; 6/26/12

Three Charlotte region hospitals join Wake Forest Baptist Telestroke Network
Three hospitals in the Charlotte region have joined the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center's Telestroke Network.
Full story; Charlotte Business Journal; 6/25/12

Good vibrations: Bone conduction is key to latest innovation in hearing aids
Sara McGowen sat in a chair at Henry Ford Hospital in West Bloomfield as a team of doctors and technicians put a hearing aid in her mouth, positioning it on her teeth. McGowen had been deaf in her left ear for more than five years. A doctor whispered in McGowen's left ear: "What did you eat for breakfast?" She thought she heard something, but she wasn't sure. "Can I hear you?" she asked. "Yes," she was told.
Full story; Detroit Free Press; 6/25/12

Early returns: ACOs improve management of patient populations, offer short-term savings
Several years ago, Presbyterian Medical Group in Albuquerque, N.M., decided to integrate three elements of its healthcare system: its health plan, the employed medical group, and the hospital delivery system. Knitting those parts into a cohesive whole helped the group realize that "lowering the cost of care by improving efficiency, by improving coordination, and by enhancing collaboration between payor and physicians made a lot of sense."
Full story; The Hospitalist; 6/26/12

Esse Health to add St. Clare office
Physician group Esse Health is opening a new office on the campus of SSM St. Clare Health Center, the group announced. Esse Health Physicians at St. Clare will be headed by internist and geriatrician Dr. Kyle Moylan, and it will ultimately will employ four staff physicians.
Full story; St. Louis Business Journal; 6/26/12

Florida Hospital opens prototype lab for medical device
Florida Hospital is opening a new prototype lab June 22 to help doctors develop new surgical tools.
Full story; Orlando Business Journal; 6/25/12

CaroMont Health received a Gold Apple for nutrition last week
This gold award is the top level of recognition an organization can obtain for having met the highest bar for wellness excellence in the workplace.
Full story; CaroMont; 6/25/12

Court ruling won't derail care changes, Alegent Health says
Richard Hachten, president and CEO of Alegent Health, says the court's decision won't affect his institution's desire to effect change. "It's virtually irrelevant for us as a provider organization."
Full story; Charlotte Business Journal; 6/21/12

An oncology ACO from the hospital's perspective: Q&A With Baptist Health CFO Ralph Lawson
Health insurer Florida Blue recently partnered with Baptist Health South Florida and Miami-based oncology group Advanced Medical Specialties to form an accountable care organization. The CFO from Baptist explains more.
Full story; Becker's Hospital Review; 6/21/12

New CT scans can halve radiation exposure
A multimillion-dollar upgrade to CT scanners at 10 North Shore-LIJ facilities will cut patients' exposure to harmful radiation while improving image quality.
Full story; NewsDay; 6/21/12

Perkins wins nursing leadership award
Anne Arundel Medical Center Chief Operating Officer and Chief Nursing Officer Sherry Perkins, RN, PhD, was awarded a Nursing Excellence Award.
Full story; Anne Arundel Medical Center; 6/21/12

Glens Falls Hospital to showcase solar project
Glens Falls is now the home of the first hospital in the country to use solar thermal technology for dialysis treatments.
Full story; The Business Review; 6/21/12

Baptist Northeast agrees to manage Oldham EMS
Baptist Hospital Northeast will manage Oldham County EMS after entering into an agreement with the Oldham County Ambulance Taxing District.
Full story; Business First; 6/20/12

Park Nicollet recognized nationally for protecting LGBT patients, staff from discrimination
Park Nicollet Methodist Hospital named national leader for protecting patients and staff from discrimination.
Full story; Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal; 6/20/12

Providence Hospital recognized as hospital of the year by National Mended Hearts Organization
Providence Hospitals has been named the Hospital of the Year for 2011 by the National Mended Hearts organization.
Full story; Providence Hospitals; 6/20/12

Cape Fear Valley Health building new hospital
Cape Fear Valley Health plans to build a new 65 bed hospital that will serve northern Cumberland and Harnett counties.
Full story; Triangle Business Journal; 6/20/12

Geisinger, Merck to collaborate on cloud-based medication adherence app
Geisinger Health System and drug maker Merck will collaborate on a web-based application to improve medication adherance and identify risk factors for chronic disease.
Full story; Fierce Health IT; 6/19/12

PRMC earns Women's Health Excellence Award for 4th consecutive year
Peninsula Regional Medical Center is named among the top five percent in the nation for women's health for the fourth consecutive year.
Full story; Peninsula Regional Medical Center; 6/19/12

Exemplars everywhere
Leaders from Baystate Health, Kettering Medical Center, and Adventist Health, have no intention of being left behind in the push toward the new world of healthcare.
Full story; Healthcare Informatics; 6/19/12

SSM Health Care to acquire Oklahoma clinic
SSM Health Care signs an agreement to incorporate Shawnee Medical Center Clinic.
Full story; St. Louis Business Journal; 6/18/12

Norton buys Lifescan imaging center
Norton Healthcare has acquired Lifescan Louisville, an outpatient diagnostic imaging center.
Full story; Business First; 6/18/12

Austen BioInnovation Institute founders tout benefits of partnership
The leaders of Akron Children's Hospital, Akron General Health System, Summa Health System, the University of Akron and Neomed share their thoughts on their partnership.
Full story;; 6/18/12

Fairview's new goal: Less repeat business
The C.O.R.E. Clinic program is one of several hospital initiatives in the metro area that aim to keep heart-failure patients from coming back.
Full story; StarTribune; 6/18/12

Healthcare reform happening despite what the Supreme Court rules
Mountain States Health Alliance CEO Dennis Vonderfecht, explains in an interview that healthcare reform will continue, despite Supreme Court ruling.
Full story;; 6/18/12

CHP tops in purchasing diversity
In the latest of several honors this spring, Catholic Health Partners receives the 2012 Premier Diversity Award this month from the Premier healthcare alliance.
Full story; The Catholic Beat; 6/18/12

Carolinas HealthCare seeks NC approval for $20M hospital in Anson County
Carolinas HealthCare System is seeking regulators' approval to build a $20 million hospital in Anson County.
Full story; Charlotte Business Journal; 6/15/12

Freestanding emergency department to hospital: The new wave?
Florida Hospital plans for freestanding emergency department and medical office.
Full story; Orlando Business Journal; 6/14/12

A hospital stay, in your own home
Presbyterian Healthcare Services gets great results when treating patients at home.
Full story; Forbes; 6/14/12

Reinventing a hospital's philosophy
The President and CEO of Mission Health discusses his outlook on the future of healthcare.
Full story; Becker's Hospital Review; 6/13/12

Banner Estrella Medical Center plans to break ground on a $151M expansion
Banner Estrella is planning to break ground this summer on a $151 million expansion.
Full story; Phoenix Business Journal; 6/13/12

AnMed Health extends reach into Georgia market
AnMed Health is expanding its presence in northeast Georgia with the announcement of two major partnerships in the cities of Elberton and Hartwell.
Full story; IndependentMail; 6/13/12

Mon General Hospital awarded an "A" for patient safety by Hospital Safety Score
Mon General Hospital officials explain the number one focus of their staff is to ensure that the safety and well-being of patients is the top priority in every decision.
Full story; Mon General Hospital; 6/13/12

Catholic Health Partners wins national supplier diversity award
Catholic Health Partners has received the top supplier diversity award given by the healthcare group purchasing organization, Premier healthcare alliance.
Full story; Catholic Health Partners; 6/13/12

Carolinas HealthCare signs management contract with Cone Health of Greensboro
Carolinas HealthCare signs a 10-year management services agreement with Greensboro-based Cone Health, which has five hospitals and more than $1 billion in annual revenue.
Full story; The Charlotte Observer; 6/13/12

Medical school expanding to Cleveland
The Cleveland Clinic and Ohio University will invest a combined $49 million to open a medical school campus in northeast Ohio.
Full story; Dayton Business Journal; 6/12/12

Memorial Healthcare explains how local market provides far-reaching savings
Memorial Healthcare System discusses supply chain improvements and how to increase buying power within a tight geographic area.
Full story; The Journal of Healthcare Contracting; 6/12/12

Skin transplants improve color in vitiligo patients
Transplants of healthy skin from a patient's own body can improve discoloration caused by vitiligo, researchers from the Henry Ford Health System in Detroit report.
Full story; Los Angeles Times; 6/12/12

South Carolina Heart Center in West Columbia relocates to better serve patients
South Carolina Heart Center, West Columbia, has moved to a newly constructed facility to better serve its patients.
Full story; Providence Hospitals; 6/11/12

Aurora Sheboygan Memorial Medical Center a finalist for QUEST high-value care award
Aurora Sheboygan Memorial Medical Center is named a finalist for the QUEST Award for high-value healthcare.
Full story; Sheboygan Memorial Medical Center; 6/9/12

Better outcomes place Providence Hospitals Cardiovascular Surgery Program in top tier consistently since 2006
Providence Heart and Vascular Institute has again been recognized for its quality outcomes. For the eleventh consecutive rating period, the Institute has received a 3 star rating from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons.
Full story; Providence Hospitals; 6/8/12

Alan Watson named CEO of Maury Regional
Alan Watson has been selected to become the next CEO of Maury Regional Medical Center, the Columbia, TN, hospital announced Wednesday.
Full story; Nashville (TN) Business Journal; 6/7/12

H. Patrick Walters named Inova Loudoun Hospital CEO
After a nationwide search for a new CEO, the Inova Loudoun Hospital board opted for a familiar face, selecting interim CEO H. Patrick Walters to head the 100-year-old institution.
Full story; Leesburg (VA) Today; 6/6/12

Levine Children's Hospital saluted in six specialties
Levine Children's Hospital in Charlotte has been named one of the nation's 50 Best Children's Hospitals by U.S. News & World Report for six pediatric specialties.
Full story; Charlotte Business Journal; 6/5/12

New CEO named for Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital
Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital is pleased to announce the appointment of Lary A. Davis as chief executive officer, effective June 30.
Full story; The (Hinsdale, IL) Doings Western Springs; 6/5/12

How Sycamore Shoals Hospital improved mortality through collaboration
Four years ago, our hospital embarked on a journey to improve our mortality rates. We had compared our mortality numbers numbers to hospitals just like us and discovered that we ranked near the end in terms of mortality rates. Today, our small community hospital in the East Tennessee mountains is a top performer among those very hospitals – more than 300 of them nationwide that participate in QUEST®, a Premier healthcare alliance performance improvement initiative.
Full story; Becker's Clinician Quality & Infection Control; 6/4/12

Banner medical center planned for Goodyear
Banner Health will expand into a new location to serve more patients.
Full story; Phoenix Business Journal; 6/4/12

Pursuing affiliation for community and patient care: Q&A with Alan Channing, CEO of Sinai Health System
Sinai Health System in Chicago recently announced it is entering the due diligence phase of a possible affiliation with Holy Cross Hospital, also in Chicago. Officials of both hospitals believe that if Sinai Health System acquires Holy Cross, each hospital will be "elevated and strengthened."
Full story; Becker's Hospital Review; 6/4/12

Hospitals fight drug scarcity, fear patients harmed
Henry Ford Hospital discusses the drug shortage issue and the impact on patient care.
Full story; Reuters; 6/1/12

May 2012

Two Cleveland Clinic docs climb Mount Kilimanjaro with sons
Two Cleveland Clinic physicians climbed Africa's highest peak with their sons, one a 24-year-old who is blind.
Full story; MedCity News; 5/31/12

Large medical warehouse to be built in Detroit's Midtown, south of Henry Ford Health campus
The Henry Ford Health System last week announced its first major tenant in its $500 million plan to redevelop 300 acres of vacant and deteriorated housing south of its Detroit flagship campus. The development is part of a much larger collaboration with the Detroit Medical Center, Wayne State University and others to revitalize areas between Detroit's downtown and midtown.
Full story; Detroit Free Press; 5/30/12

Dignity Health plans $44 million Glendale hospital
Dignity Health plans to develop a 35-acre medical campus in Glendale.
Full story; Phoenix Business Journal; 5/30/12

Texas Health Fort Worth plans new emergency center
Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth will begin construction on a new $57.7 million emergency care center.
Full story; Dallas Business Journal; 5/30/12

CHP named best employer in Ohio
Catholic Health Partners has been named a 2012 Best Employer in Ohio in the large employer category by the Society for Human Resource Management Ohio State Council and Best Companies Group.
Full story; Catholic Health Partners; 5/30/12

Transparency leads to better quality scores at two health systems
The phone did not ring off the hook as expected. In September 2005, Alegent Health thought it was making a dramatic move by posting its quality scores on its website and in the local Omaha, Neb. paper. However, one very important contingent – Alegent physicians and employees – took the publicly posted metrics very seriously.
Full story; HFMA; 5/30/12

Backus, Hartford Hospital work on partnership terms
The William W. Backus Hospital and Hartford HealthCare, the parent company of Hartford Hospital, announced that they have signed a memorandum of understanding outlining how a partnership between the two organizations would function.
Full story;; 5/29/12

Some patients can choose to be hospitalized at home
Presbyterian Healthcare Services offers in home care for patients.
Full story; Kaiser Health News; 5/29/12

CVS MinuteClinic adds Hackensack hospital to growing affiliations
The largest inpatient and outpatient health services provider in New Jersey, Hackensack University Health Network, is affiliating with CVS Caremark's MinuteClinic, making healthcare services more convenient.
Full story; Fierce Healthcare; 5/29/12

Florida Hospital College of Health Sciences to change name
The Florida Hospital College of Health Sciences will become the Adventist University of Health Sciences beginning August 1.
Full story; Orlando Business Journal; 5/29/12

Niagra Falls Memorial bulks up bariatric services
Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center has signed a partnership with Buffalo Minimally Invasive Weight Loss Surgical Solutions to offer weight-loss programs at the downtown Niagara Falls campus.
Full story; Buffalo Business First; 5/29/12

Drum named senior director of emergency care at Anne Arundel
Janice Drum, RN, was recently promoted to Senior Director of Emergency Care at Anne Arundel Medical Center. She now oversees the organization of patient care management in the Emergency Department, Pediatric Emergency Department, Clinical Education, and Nursing Informatics.
Full story; Anne Arundel Medical Center; 5/25/12

Suffolk tapped to build Inova Fair Oaks medical office building
Inova Health System has chosen Suffolk Construction's Mid-Atlantic Region to build the new INOVA Fair Oaks Hospital Medical Office Building IV located in Fairfax.
Full story; Washington Business Journal; 5/25/12

Henry Ford Hospital using iPads to connect with patients
One doctor explains he has only been using iPad's Facetime technology for a few months, but he already knows this new tool will be added to his necessary list of medical supplies.
Full story; WZZM; 5/24/12

Mountain States Health Alliance charts its own course
Mountain States Health Alliance began thinking about becoming an ACO back in 2010 when it was working on its 10 year strategic plan. There was a general agreement among its leadership that what had historically made the system a success wasn't going to carry it forward in the future.
Full story; HealthLeaders Media; 5/23/12

Mon General Hospital in top 10 percent nationally for patient experience
Mon General Hospital has been named a recipient of the 2012 HealthGrades Outstanding Patient Experience Award. This distinction ranks Mon General Hospital among the top 10 percent of hospitals nationwide based on an analysis of patient satisfaction data.
Full story; Mon General Hospital; 5/23/12

Mayo Clinic adds St. Joseph-based Heartland Health to its network
Heartland Health joins Mayo Clinic Care Network.
Full story; Kansas City Business Journal; 5/23/12

Step ahead for Kaleida's neonatal plan
Kaleida officials say creating a NICU at Millard Suburban would eliminate the need for at-risk newborns to be transported to a separate facility and risk further medical complications.
Full story; Buffalo Business First; 5/23/12

ACO blueprints: Options in accountability
Banner Health and Mountain States Health Alliance discuss ACOs.
Full story; HealthLeaders Media; 5/23/12

Nemours enhances Main Line Health partnership
Nemours, the owner and operator of the Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children says it is enhancing its partnership with Main Line Health with the hiring of Emily Burrell as associate administrator of the Nemours, Main Line Health Pediatric Program.
Full story; Philadelphia Business Journal; 5/22/12

Texas Health Resources announces leadership advancements supporting clinical and operational integration strategy
Texas Health Resources took a major step toward fulfilling its goal of bringing more physicians into leadership roles across the health system with the announcement of selections for several clinical and operational leader positions.
Full story; Texas Health Resources; 5/22/12

Health system builds telehealth network, sees nearly 100 percent ROI
Bluetooth-capable stethoscopes, allowing doctors to hear heart sounds from across the country, are just one innovation Saint Vincent Health System is using in its new telehealth network, which has reduced hospital readmissions and generated a 100 percent ROI in less than two months, officials say.
Full story; Healthcare Finance News; 5/22/12

Providence Hospitals announces 2012 scholarship award winner
Providence Hospitals announces its 2012 recipient of the Dr. Preston A. Jones Memorial Scholarship, Callie Carroll, a medical student at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine.
Full story; Providence Hospitals; 5/22/12

Summa Health System performs single-site robotic surgery with new technology
Summa Health System performs single-site robotic surgery with new technology.
Full story; Reuters; 5/22/12

Moffitt's new leadership appointments take effect July 1
Dr. G. Douglas Letson and Dr. Johnathan Lancaster have been appointed to leadership positions at Moffitt Cancer Center.
Full story; Tampa Bay Business Journal; 5/21/12

Paoli plans maternity department expansion
Paoli Hospital plans to expand and renovate its maternity department.
Full story; Philadelphia Business Journal; 5/21/12

Four additional community leaders join Providence Hospitals Board of Trustees
The Sisters of Charity Health System Board of Directors approved the nomination of four new members to the Providence Hospitals Board of Trustees.
Full story; providencehospitals; 5/21/12

Future MDs meet Picasso
A ground-breaking partnership between the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art and Carolinas HealthCare System is aiming to improve diagnostic skills by exposing medical students and practitioners to art.
Full story; Charlotte Observer; 5/19/12

Roland Fargo appointed to lead strategy and business development for new Adventist Health/Southern California Network
Roland Fargo, vice president for business development at White Memorial Medical Center, has been named Senior Vice President of Strategy and Business Development for the Adventist Health/Southern California Network.
Full story; Adventist Health; 5/18/12

Le Bonheur Children's Hospital awarded LEED certification
Efficiency in sustainable building design and construction has finally been realized at Le Bonheur Children's Hospital.
Full story; Memphis Business Journal; 5/17/12

New M.D. Anderson breast cancer vaccine shows promise
Researchers at Houston-based M.D. Anderson Cancer Center reported promising results from an experimental new breast cancer vaccine.
Full story; Houston Business Journal; 5/17/12

Banner Health, Aetna reach for ACO gold
Banner Health Network joins forces with the insurance giant, taking advantage of analytics tools needed for its new role as an accountable care organization.
Full story; Information Week; 5/17/12

Ground broken for the Children's Hospital at Cabell Huntington Hospital
The Children's Hospital at Cabell Huntington Hospital will include child-friendly areas and colorful and inviting spaces.
Full story; Cabell Huntington Hospital; 5/17/12

Renowned cardiologist coming home to head new Henry Ford heart center
Dr. William O'Neill, a nationally renowned cardiologist, is returning to Detroit to head a new heart program at Detroit's Henry Ford Hospital.
Full story; Detroit Free Press; 5/17/12

Test could help detect autism early
Dr. Joseph Stegman, with Carolinas Healthcare System, discusses an early test for autism.
Full story; KEYC-TV; 5/16/12

Construction starting on cancer institute
Cooper Health System begins construction on the Cooper Cancer Institute.
Full story; Philadelphia Business Journal; 5/16/12

TriHealth leads in healthcare social media
Leaders say social media is about creating a conversation with consumers and employees to actively engage them in their health and with TriHealth.
Full story; TriHealth; 5/15/12

Banner shuffling CEO positions among Phoenix area hospitals
Banner Health is moving around some of its hospital CEOs in the Phoenix area following the departure of John Harrington from Banner Del E. Webb Medical Center in Sun City West.
Full story; Phoenix Business Journal; 5/15/12

Hospital eyes housing as prime recruiting tool
Sometime in late 2013 the doors will open on a $35 million, 230-unit apartment complex in downtown Orlando that will offer its residents a five-minute walking commute to Florida Hospital Orlando.
Full story; HealthLeaders Media; 5/15/12

Cleveland Clinic's Health Hub aims to be go-to source for trusted health info
The Cleveland Clinic Health Hub is meant to help patients make the best decisions about their healthcare.
Full story; MedCity News; 5/14/12

Ten ways Iowa will squeeze obesity
The Healthy Families Program overseen by Alegent Health involves several two-hour sessions at four locations in Omaha and Council Bluffs.
Full story;; 5/14/12

Lexington Medical Center affiliates with Duke Medicine for cancer care
Lexington Medical Center is pleased to announce that it is affiliating with Duke Medicine to provide a state-of-the-art level of cancer care.
Full story; Lexington Medical Center; 5/14/12

Simi Valley Hospital taps new CEO
Kim Milstien, currently vice president of business development at Glendale Adventist Medical Center, will assume the new position in July.
Full story; San Fernando Valley Business Journal; 5/11/12

Hospitals step up efforts to prevent infections
Hartford Hospital and others discuss efforts to prevent infections.
Full story;; 5/11/12

Aetna and Banner Health expand accountable care relationship to support more than 200,000 patients
Aetna announced it is expanding its relationship with Banner Health Network.
Full story; Marketwatch; 5/10/12

Fairmont General explores partnership with West Virginia United Health System
Fairmont General Hospital has entered into a 60-day period of negotiations with West Virginia United Health System to explore options for a partnership.
Full story; Becker's Hospital Review; 5/10/12

Fairview, U of M plan $182M health center near campus
Fairview and the University of Minnesota will restart efforts to build a $182 million medical center.
Full story; Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal; 5/10/11

Cooper Hospital wins award, money
Cooper University Hospital was among the first 26 recipients of healthcare innovation awards announced Tuesday by the Department of Health and Human Services.
Full story; Philadelphia Business Journal; 5/9/12

Healthways puts focus on providers, partners with THR
The giant wellness program and disease management provider just announced a 10-year strategic agreement with Texas Health Resources.
Full story; HealthLeaders Media; 5/9/12

Washington's Evergreen Healthcare adopts new name, logo
Evergreen Healthcare has unveiled its new name and logo as EvergreenHealth.
Full story; Becker's Hospital Review; 5/8/12

Facing tighter revenues, hospitals boost efficiencies
In response to the changing revenue climate, systems such as University Hospitals in Ohio are entering into accountable care organizations.
Full story;; 5/7/12

Florida Hospital Zephyrhills breaks ground on breast health center
Florida Hospital Zephyrhills has begun construction of the Simpson Breast Health Center.
Full story; Tampa Bay Business Journal; 5/7/12

Blood test to detect bacterial pneumonia is tested in Akron
Summa Health System in Akron will begin a trial of the test, called PCT, to see if it will help diagnose bacterial infection in pneumonia patients.
Full story;; 5/7/12

Low weight gain reported among women with nausea and vomiting of pregnancy
In one of the largest studies of its kind, clinicians and researchers with Carolinas HealthCare System explore women with nausea and vomiting during pregnancy.
Full story;; 5/7/12

Applying to the next round of CMS' Shared Savings Program? 8 things to know
Healthcare leaders with Premier and Aurora Health Care discuss CMS' Shared Savings Program.
Full story; Becker's Hospital Review; 5/7/12

Nurses play a major role in patient care
Alegent Health Chief Nursing Officer, Jane Carmody, DNP, RN, CENP, talks about the role nurses play in caring for patients and how nursing will change as the face of healthcare in America changes.
Full story; Alegent Health; 5/6/12

Florida Hospital's first work-force housing about building community, too
Florida Hospital will set in motion its first attempt at work-force housing in July, when construction starts on a 230-unit apartment complex.
Full story; HealthLeaders Media; 5/5/12

Banner hospitals earn kudos for paperless records
Banner Health facilities in the Northwest Valley achieve Stage 7 status, the final stage in the adoption of electronic medical records as acknowledged by HIMSS Analytics.
Full story;; 5/5/12

Florida Blue, Baptist Health, cancer doctors team up
Advanced Medical Specialties, a Miami-based oncology group, is teaming with Florida Blue and Baptist Health South Florida to create an accountable care organization.
Full story; South Florida Business Journal; 5/5/12

Methodist to fund Olive Branch facility with $100M bond issue
Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare will supplement the financing of its $137 million Olive Branch hospital with a $100 million bond issue.
Full story; Memphis Business Journal; 5/3/12

M.D. Anderson president elected to National Academy of Sciences
DePinho is the first member of the M.D. Anderson faculty to be elected to the NAS.
Full story; Houston Business Journal; 5/3/12

Einstein Healthcare expands network
Einstein Healthcare Network opened a satellite liver center to bring treatment for advanced and decompensated liver disease to the Lehigh Valley.
Full story; Philadelphia Business Journal; 5/3/12

Alegent Health's heart program earns highest rating in metro
The Alegent Health Heart & Vascular Institute is the only heart surgery program in the Omaha metro to receive three-out-of-three stars for overall quality from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons.
Full story; Alegent Health; 5/3/12

Geisinger using patient database to assess harm
Geisinger Health System, a nonprofit chain of hospitals in eastern Pennsylvania, plans to use its database of patient records to determine whether natural gas drilling is harming residents.
Full story; Bloomberg News; 5/2/12

Improving sepsis care, saving lives: Thoughts from Terry Andrus, CEO of East Alabama Medical Center
The CEO of East Alabama Medical Center says part of the problem with sepsis is that too few hospitals know how to diagnose the infection quickly, and even fewer have in place standard, rapid response protocols for fast treatment.
Full story; Becker's; 5/1/12

Cleveland Clinic Florida gets head start on Accountable Care Organization concept
When Cleveland Clinic incorporated Cleveland Clinic Florida in Weston into its system in 2007, it not only established a presence in a key Southern state, but it also introduced a unique team-based management philosophy that gave the organization a head start on providing accountable care, a goal many leading health systems adopted only after the passage of the Affordable Care Act in 2010.
Full story;; 5/1/12

Fort Worth hospital giving its rooms an ultraviolet scrubdown
Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Southwest Fort Worth recently rolled out a new weapon in the fight against hospital-acquired infections.
Full story; Star-Telegram; 5/1/12

Tom Strauss leads a new vision for patient care at Summa Health System
"I think everybody would admit that what we have in healthcare in this country today is unsustainable," says Strauss, the president and CEO of Summa Health System.
Full story; Smart Business; 5/1/12

April 2012

Florida Hospital Tampa moves to digital charts
Florida Hospital Tampa chose Earth Day to implement a digital system that eliminates the use of paper medical charts and handwritten physician and provider orders.
Full story; Tampa Bay Business Journal; 4/30/12

Academic med centers motivated to find partners
University Hospital joined with Clarkson Hospital to become the Nebraska Medical Center. The regional Alegent Health system will acquire Creighton University Medical Center, most likely this summer.
Full story;; 4/30/12

Steward Health reshaping Bay State hospital scene
Fast-growing, for-profit Steward Health Care System has established itself as the driving force behind the rapidly reshaping ownership of Massachusetts' hospitals.
Full story; Boston Business Journal; 4/30/12

Baptist Health CEO Keeley talks about growth and the healthcare landscape
Baptist Health CEO discusses Baptist's growth and coming changes in the healthcare landscape.
Full story; The Miami Herald; 4/29/12

The price of prevention
"If you're doing 400 cases a year and you're looking at each one manually, that will take some time, of course," says Linda Greene, director of infection prevention and control for two-hospital Rochester General Health System. "But there are ways that the electronic medical record can capture that information, transmit it to a file and automatically upload it to the NHSN."
Full story; Modern Healthcare; 4/28/12

Albany Med, Ellis join new health IT investment program
Albany Medical Center and Ellis Medicine are among 18 New York state providers participating in a new initiative designed to promote the growth of health information technology.
Full story; The Business Review; 4/26/12

Aurora to open NICU in Sheboygan
Aurora Sheboygan Memorial Medical Center will add a neonatal intensive care unit to the hospital this summer, marking the first time residents in Sheboygan County won't have to leave the county if their premature babies need care.
Full story; The Business Journal; 4/26/12

Strong leaders, wise investments keep Baptist healthy
Baptist Health South Florida is pushing prevention and primary care as it expands services and facilities.
Full story; The Miami Herald; 4/25/12

Shircliff named to TriHealth board
Former U.S. Bank executive Wayne Shircliff is the newest member of the TriHealth Board of Trustees.
Full story;; 4/25/12

Four steps to lasting clinical excellence from Henry Ford Health System
Join a HealthLeaders Media live simulcast featuring Henry Ford Health System. The topic will be called "Four Steps to Lasting Clinical Excellence from Henry Ford Health System." The focus will include new fundamentals for patient safety, readmissions, integration, and process improvement.
Full story; HealthLeaders Media; 4/25/12

Robot just one way to scrub hospitals of bacteria
Chesapeake Regional and eight other facilities are testing ways to clean rooms so patients will be less likely to acquire infections.
Full story; The Virginian-Pilot; 4/24/12

Dignity Health looks to pick up Oregon hospital
Dignity Health, parent company to local Mercy hospitals, is in affiliation negotiations with Ashland Community Hospital.
Full story; Sacramento Business Journal; 4/24/12

Andrew Davis named president of Carney Hospital
Steward Health Care System announces that Andrew Davis will assume the role of President of Carney Hospital effective May 7.
Full story; Steward Health Care System; 4/24/12

Providence Hospitals Development Foundation announces new president
Libby Anne Inabinet has joined Providence Hospitals' Development Foundation as its president.
Full story; Providence Hospitals; 4/24/12

Doctor with Carolinas HealthCare System discusses pelvic surgery
Dr. Kevin Stepp, co-director of the Women's Center for Pelvic Health, offers insight into pelvic surgeries in an interview with FOX News in Charlotte.
Full story; FOX Charlotte; 4/24/12

Expanded affiliation to make Alegent Health the primary teaching partner for Creighton University
Creighton University and Alegent Health announced agreements forming a long-term strategic affiliation, which includes the planned acquisition of Creighton University Medical Center from Creighton and its clinical partner Tenet Healthcare.
Full story; Alegent Health; 4/24/12

Henry Ford Health System's bold goal to cut harm in half
All hospitals have patient safety programs meant to reduce harm. Henry Ford Health System in Detroit took a more blunt approach in 2007: Cut harm by 50 percent.
Full story; HealthLeaders Media; 4/24/12

Hoag Participating in Clinical Trial for Aggressive Brain Cancer
Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian today announced that its Neurosciences Institute is the first Orange County-based center to begin enrolling patients in a new late-stage clinical trial for an aggressive form of brain cancer
Full story; Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian; 4/23/12

Carolinas HealthCare System and protecting the heart of a champion
Heart of a Champion Day, a program pioneered by Carolinas HealthCare System, gives students across Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools and other neighboring counties the opportunity to have in-depth screenings like the electrocardiogram and echocardiogram not found in the typical athletic physical.
Full story; South Charlotte Weekly; 4/19/12

Presence Health becomes Premier member
Presence Health has entered into an agreement with the Premier healthcare alliance to create a supply chain infrastructure designed to reduce costs, improve care delivery and prepare for the future.
Full story; Healthcare Matters; 4/19/12

Carolinas HealthCare System opens new emergency department
Carolinas HealthCare System opens a freestanding, full-functioning emergency department for patients at CMC-Huntersville.
Full story; The Herald Weekly; 4/19/12

Infection control's 78 percent solution, Baptist Health discusses topic
Baptist Health's director of infection control discusses how to help stop infections.
Full story; HealthLeaders Media; 4/19/12

Preliminary data from ACO models show improving quality
Kaiser Health News reports that AdvocateCare, the ACO formed by Advocate Health Care and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois, managed to reduce hospital admissions per member by 10.6 percent and emergency department visits by 5.4 percent based on six months of data.
Full story; AISHealth; 4/19/12

Agencies give Catholic Health Partners affirmative bond reports
Catholic Health Partners announced that Fitch Ratings and Standard & Poor's Ratings Services have affirmed the system's AA rating with stable outlooks. "This is significant, given the economic situation in the geographic area we serve and the challenges facing healthcare as a whole," said Michael D. Connelly, CHP's President and CEO.
Full story; Catholic Health Partners; 4/18/12

CMS and Carolinas Health Care System and preventing brain injuries for high school football players
CMS and Carolinas Health Care System have teamed up to put a certified athletic trainer in all of the district's high schools.
Full story; FOX Charlotte; 4/18/12

Interpreters in ER limit medical errors
Researcher with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas explains importance of having the right interpreters.
Full story; Reuters; 4/17/12

New SCCH in Marion open to care
Mountain States Health Alliance recently received national recognition with a QUEST award from Premier, recognizing them as a top performer on key quality measures, including clinical excellence as well as low cost of care.
Full story; SWVA; 4/17/12

Texas Health Resources and Healthways unveil new model for improving health of people and communities
The two companies will place physicians and their patients at the core of a collaborative model to optimize clinical care and enable individuals to become active participants in their well-being rather than simply consumers of healthcare services.
Full story; Texas Health Resources; 4/17/12

Deal could make Huguley joint venture
Texas Health Resources and Adventist Health System, which owns Huguley Memorial Medical Center in far south Fort Worth, are discussing a way to jointly operate the 35-year-old facility.
Full story; Star-Telegram; 4/16/12

Collaboration brings groundbreaking clinical study to midlands
Providence Hospital is participating in groundbreaking treatment for obstructive sleep apnea.
Full story; Providence Hospitals; 4/16/12

Palmetto Health pediatrics residency program rated among top in nation
Palmetto Health / University of South Carolina School of Medicine pediatrics residency program passed the American Board of Pediatrics certification examination. The announcement marks the eighth time in the last 11 years that graduates have achieved a 100 percent pass rate on the exam.
Full story; MD News; 4/15/12

No harm campaign saves health system $10M
It was a "zero-defect, no-excuses" approach to healthcare outcomes that helped Henry Ford Health System save millions for the Southeast Michigan health system. With a commitment to patient safety and quality improvement, Henry Ford's "No Harm Campaign," which began in 2008, lead to $10 million in cost savings at its five hospitals.
Full story; Fierce Healthcare; 4/16/12

Subway's Jared Fogle visits Florida Hospital walking meeting
Jared Fogle, the Subway spokesman of legend, will be coming to Orlando to do his own walking meeting with Florida Hospital employees.
Full story; Orlando Business Journal; 4/16/12

Adventist Health System joins Partnership for Patients
Officials of the Adventist Health System, with campuses across the country, have announced the organization has joined with Premier to participate in the Partnership for Patients, a federal program that uses data and health IT to improve patient care.
Full story; Healthcare IT News; 4/16/12

TriHealth Heart Institute Physicians perform transcatheter aortic valve replacement surgery
Good Samaritan Hospital was selected to become only the fourth site in the state of Ohio and one of just 150 locations in the country to offer this surgical option as a result of their expertise in valve replacement surgeries.
Full story; TriHealth; 4/16/12

Cleveland Clinic Children's Hospital opens special delivery unit
Cleveland Clinic Children's Hospital announced the opening of a special delivery unit to treat both maternal and fetal critical conditions that complicate pregnancies.
Full story; Becker's Hospital Review; 4/14/12

Summa's Strauss says changes needed to avoid healthcare industry crisis
Summa Health System President and Chief Executive Thomas J. Strauss shares his vision for overhauling medical care.
Full story;; 4/14/12

Carolinas HealthCare has new model for rural hospital
Carolinas HealthCare System wants to change the way healthcare is delivered in rural Anson County - and possibly beyond.
Full story; The Charlotte Business Journal; 4/13/12

Improving patient experience in the inpatient setting
Across the U.S., hospitals are asking patients to report on their experience during their inpatient stay. Cleveland Clinic has seen improvement in communication and responsiveness by focusing on purposeful nurse rounding.
Full story; The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation; 4/11/12

CaroMont Cancer Center in Gastonia gets new treatment technology
Gastonia's CaroMont Cancer Center has installed a new, state-of-the-art radiotherapy system.
Full story; Charlotte Business Journal; 4/11/12

Kosair Children's installs innovative CT scanner
Kosair Children's Hospital is undergoing a series of large-scale upgrades to help produce high quality diagnostic images of pediatrics while minimizing the amount of radiation, time and sedation needed to achieve that goal.
Full story; Business First; 4/11/12

MUMC joins federal initiative to make hospitals safer
Memorial University Medical Center (MUMC) has joined with the Premier Healthcare alliance to participate in the Partnership for Patients initiative. As a participant, MUMC will further improve the quality, safety and affordability of healthcare for the patients it serves.
Full story; Savannah Morning News; 4/11/12

Talks continue between CMS, McLaren
The sale of Cheboygan Memorial Hospital to McLaren Health Care Corporation is still a possibility.
Full story; Cheboygan News; 4/10/12

Banner Health cuts $41.5M from the supply chain
In fiscal year 2011, Banner worked with Premier on the Supply Chain Improvement Plan and the savings totaled more than $41.5 million.
Full story; Healthcare Finance News; 4/10/12

Sibley Memorial Hospital taps Johns Hopkins insider as new president
Sibley Memorial Hospital has tapped John Hopkins executive Richard "Chip" Davis to be the next president of the Northwest D.C. institution.
Full story; Washington Business Journal; 4/10/12

Baptist Health confirms Clay County facility
Baptist Health of Northeast Florida on Tuesday officially announced its plans to start developing a $39 million medical campus on its Clay County property.
Full story; Jacksonville Business Journal; 4/10/12

Heartland expands to north Kansas City
Heartland Regional Medical Center will open two clinics July 1 in north Kansas City.
Full story; St. Joseph News-Press; 4/9/12

PeaceHealth's new HQ boosting Vancouver economy
In the 18 months since PeaceHealth picked Vancouver as the site of its corporate headquarters, the healthcare firm has helped lift the region's economy.
Full story; Portland Business Journal; 4/9/12

Florida Hospital college's physician assistants may work in ER
"The FMA is a strong advocate for physician-led physician/PA teams. In the Emergency Room setting, PAs are an important part of our efforts to enhance Florida patients' access to care."
Full story; Orlando Business Journal; 4/6/12

BayCare credit rating boosted before $193 million bond sale
BayCare Health System's improving financial performance was a key factor in a credit rating boost from Moody's Investors Service.
Full story; Tampa Bay Business Journal; 4/6/12

SSM Health Care to acquire Unity Health Center
SSM Health Care and Unity Health Center signed an agreement that will bring Unity Health Center into SSM Health Care on June 30.
Full story; St. Louis Business Journal; 4/5/12

Heritage Valley opens medical mall
Beaver-based Heritage Valley Health System is planning to open medical mall with plans for another - the system's third - for Robinson Township.
Full story; Pittsburgh Business Times; 4/5/12

Cleveland Clinic researchers studying how breath tests can diagnose cancer
Cleveland Clinic pulmonologists have embarked on two different research paths that could, in the next five to 10 years, lead to a noninvasive test that physicians could use in their office to determine if a patient has cancer.
Full story;; 4/5/12

DNC Committee donates playground at Levine Children's Hospital
The DNC Committee and others made a special donation to area kids, a roof-top playground at Levine Children's Hospital.
Full story; WCNC; 4/5/12

Steward to acquire New England Sinai
Steward Health Care System has agreed to buy Stoughton's New England Sinai Hospital, a facility that treats patients recovering from serious illnesses or accidents after they leave other hospitals.
Full story; Boston Business Journal; 4/4/12

Computerworld honors Texas Health as Technology Laureate
IDG's Computerworld magazine has recognized Texas Health Resources as a 2012 Computerworld Honors Laureate. Texas Health was recognized for using "Best Practice" alerts in its electronic health record to help reduce the risk of getting blood clots during hospital stays.
Full story; Texas Health Resources; 4/4/12

Heritage Valley opens medical mall
Primary care, outpatient rehabilitation, laboratory and medical imaging are among the services that will be offered at the new site.
Full story; Pittsburgh Business Times; 4/4/12

CMC's name on Kannapolis stadium
The Kannapolis Intimidators and Carolinas Medical Center-NorthEast have agreed to a deal putting the hospital's name on the baseball team's stadium.
Full story; Charlotte Observer; 4/4/12

Steward to acquire New England Sinai
Steward Health Care System has agreed to buy Stoughton's New England Sinai Hospital, a facility that treats patients recovering from serious illnesses or accidents after they leave other hospitals.
Full story; Boston Business Journal; 4/4/12

New cancer treatment facility planned in Niagara
Endoscopy Center of Niagara will be a joint venture that includes Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center, Kaleida Health and others.
Full story; Buffalo Business First; 4/3/12

PRMC earns Mid-Cycle Joint Commission Certification in AMI, Stroke and Hip & Knee Replacement Surgery
Peninsula Regional Medical Center, through the work of its Primary Stoke Center, Guerrieri Heart and Vascular Institute and Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation Center teams, has been awarded mid-cycle Joint Commission Gold Seal Approval, Disease-Specific Certification in Total Hip & Knee Replacement Surgery and in the Treatment of Acute Myocardial Infarction or heart attack.
Full story; Peninsula Regional Medical Center; 4/3/12

Akron City Hospital honored for efforts to deliver safer maternity care
Summa Akron City Hospital has been recognized for delivering improved safety for laboring women and their newborns.
Full story; Beacon Journal; 4/3/12

Florida Hospital Carrollwood buys robotic technology for spine procedures
Florida Hospital Carrollwood purchased a Renaissance system, a surgical guidance system for spine procedures.
Full story; Tampa Bay Business Journal; 4/2/12

CMC-Huntersville: Rx for persistent urban growth?
New emergency department in Huntersville will complete CHS goal for a local, comprehensive healthcare pavilion.
Full story; Lake Norman Citizen; 4/2/12

$296 million Baystate Medical expansion complete
Baystate Health is celebrating the opening of phase one of its expansion and facility-replacement project.
Full story; Boston Business Journal; 4/1/12

4 steps to lasting clinical excellence from Henry Ford Health System
Learn how the leadership team at Henry Ford Health System has built a high-performance clinical enterprise that is set to meet today's healthcare challenges with a focus on core fundamentals, including a system-wide patient safety campaign that has reduced overall harm by 32 percent.
Full story; HealthLeaders Media; 4/1/12

March 2012

New ICU opens at West Penn Hospital
West Penn Hospital announces the opening of an 18-bed intensive care unit, the latest development in a full restoration of services.
Full story; Pittsburgh Business Times; 3/29/12

Regardless of court ruling, reform underway
North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System and Methodist Health System explain that a complete transformation of the healthcare system is still the only viable alternative, even without the Supreme Court decision.
Full story; HealthLeaders Media; 3/30/12

New York Presbyterian Hospital wins prestigious award for exemplary patient safety and quality
New York Presbyterian Hospital's distinguished record in patient safety and quality received a pivotal boost this month when the National Quality Forum and The Joint Commission named the Hospital a winner of their prestigious John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety and Quality Award.
Full story; Newswise; 3/29/12

Carolinas HealthCare executive Debra Plousha Moore named to Institute for Defense and Business board
Carolinas HealthCare System executive Debra Plousha Moore has been appointed to the board of directors for the Institute for Defense and Business.
Full story; Charlotte Business Journal; 3/29/12

Two hospitals join Fletcher Allen Partners
Under a letter of intent, Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital Medical Center and Elizabethtown Community Hospital have agreed in principle to become part of the affiliation that currently encompasses Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington and Central Vermont Medical Center.
Full story; Times Argus; 3/28/12

Providence Hospitals to induct two physicians into Society of St. Luke
Providence Hospitals is pleased to announce that William Baker Allen, M.D. and Charles Bryan, M.D. will join the prestigious Society of St. Luke Inductees in 2012.
Full story; Providence Hospitals; 3/28/12

The ROI behind Geisinger's telemonitoring program
Geisinger Health Plan in Pennsylvania recently announced the use of home tele-monitoring reduced the readmission rate of enrollees with congestive heart failure by 44 percent.
Full story; Fierce Health Finance; 3/28/12

Teamswork at AtlantiCare pays off
AtlantiCare's team-based primary care for chronically ill patients has reduced hospital and emergency department visits by 40 percent. The smoking rate among its patients has fallen to 11 percent, patient experience scores have risen and overall costs have been cut by more than 10 percent. The model was so successful that AtlantiCare opened a second Special Care Center.
Full story; Hospitals & Health Networks; 3/28/12

Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center joins federal initiative to make hospitals safer
Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center has elected to participate in the Partnership for Patients initiative.
Full story; Florida Hospital; 3/28/12

ARHS announced administrative structure changes
Richard Sparks, President & CEO of Appalachian Regional Healthcare System has announced administrative structure changes for the healthcare system.
Full story; Appalachian Regional Healthcare System; 3/26/12

Carolinas HealthCare to open ER in Huntersville
Carolinas HealthCare System will open a free-standing emergency department in Huntersville on April 16.
Full story; Charlotte Business Journal; 3/26/12

Avera Sacred Heart Hospital: Among 2011 Top Performing Hospitals, according to national healthcare alliance
Avera Sacred Heart Hospital, located in Yankton, SD, is among the 2011 Top Performing Hospitals in the Premier healthcare alliance's national QUEST collaborative.
Full story; MD News; 3/26/12

Aurora relocates Walker's Point clinic
Aurora Health Care has relocated its Walker's Point Community Clinic to a larger building on Milwaukee's south side.
Full story; Milwaukee Business Journal; 3/26/12

Hospitals, doctors vie to create patient data system
Moffitt Cancer Center and Florida Hospitals join hospital group that is looking at third-party vendors that can translate medical data from one hospital to another.
Full story; Tampa Bay Online; 3/25/12

Fairview healthcare executives brighten on reform
Fairview Health describes incentives to keep patients healthy and how that will help all in healthcare.
Full story; HealthLeaders Media; 3/25/12

AT&T seeds MD Anderson telesurgery program with $1M
A T & T has contributed $1 million to seed a telesurgery program at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.
Full story; Dallas Business Journal; 3/22/12

Florida Hospital unveils new surgical robotic program
New robotic program allows experienced physicians to remotely instruct surgeons learning to perform minimally invasive surgeries.
Full story; Orlando Business Journal; 3/22/12

Medication handoffs: Mending the gaps
Early each morning, every patient being treated in one of Memorial Healthcare System's six Florida hospitals receives a patient and family-friendly daily medication schedule.
Full story; HFMA; 3/21/12

Kaleida adding services at Amherst clinic
Buffalo General Medical Center is planning an expansion of services at an Amherst extension clinic, including the relocation of a diabetes and endocrinology program.
Full story; Buffalo Business First; 3/21/12

Cape Fear Valley buys Bladen hospital
Cape Fear Valley Health System finalized its purchase of Bladen County Hospital in Elizabethtown.
Full story; WRAL; 3/21/12

Urgent care clinic opens its doors, Urgent Care-Shelby
Carolinas HealthCare Urgent Care-Shelby is designed to serve patients who need immediate medical attention less intensive than trauma care.
Full story; Shelby Star; 3/20/12

St. Anthony's names James Gardner Jr. new CEO
James Gardner Jr. is appointed president and chief executive of St. Anthony's.
Full story; St. Louis Business Journal; 3/20/12

Moms help Levine Children's Hospital
Two women from Charlotte explain how they are giving back to Levine Children's Hospital, due to the outstanding care they received.
Full story; WCNC; 3/20/12

Sharp experience puts CEO Murphy on top 100 list
Sharp HealthCare CEO Michael Murphy gains a mention in the "100 Non-Profit Hospital, Health System CEOs to Know," a national listing compiled by Becker's Hospital Review.
Full story; San Diego Business Journal; 3/19/12

How McLeod Health reduced mortality by 28 percent
McLeod developed a program that reduced mortality. Its success allowed the system to lead sessions at the meetings to teach the program to other participants.
Full story; Becker's; 3/19/12

Cleveland Clinic plans to hire 600 registered nurses at job fair
Cleveland Clinic plans to hold a three-day recruiting fair March 28-30. 600 nursing positions expected to be filled.
Full story;; 3/19/12

Peninsula Regional named as one of America's best 100 hospitals by HealthGrades
Peninsula Regional Medical Center, in Salisbury, Maryland, announced today that its superior clinical quality has placed it among an elite group of U.S. hospitals.
Full story; Peninsula Regional Medical Center; 3/18/12

AnMed ranked among top ten rehab hospitals
AnMed Health Rehabilitation Hospital has received top recognition from Uniform Data System for Medical Rehabilitation for the fourth time.
Full story; Anderson Observer; 3/18/12

Lab leads with team-based vision at Kettering
The senior leader of the lab at Kettering Medical Center, the flagship hospital of Kettering Health Network explains the teamwork message is getting through, at least at Kettering.
Full story; HealthLeaders Media; 3/18/12

Ascension Health raising $600 million for expansion
Ascension Health acquired Alexian Brothers Health System. Now Ascension is looking for assistance to help finance its entrance into the Chicago market.
Full story; St. Louis Business Journal; 3/18/12

Groups join forces with DNC to improve playground at Charlotte children's hospital
Credit unions are joining forces with the Democratic National Convention Committee and National Journal to revitalize a rooftop playground at Levine Children's Hospital.
Full story; WSOC; 3/16/12

Daughters of Charity hospital system to join Ascension Health
Daughters of Charity Health System has signed a memorandum of understanding to join the nation's largest Catholic healthcare system, Ascension Health Alliance.
Full story; San Francisco Business Times; 3/16/12

Einstein's new Montco medical building signs up tenants
Five area medical practices announced they will be relocating this fall to the Einstein Montgomery Medical Arts Building going up next door to the new 146-bed hospital being built by the Einstein Healthcare Network.
Full story; Philadelphia Business Journal; 3/16/12

P4 Medicine Institute, PeaceHealth launch partnership to pilot new model in healthcare
PeaceHealth and the P4 Medicine institute announced a partnership that will ultimately give PeaceHealth providers additional innovative care tools.
Full story; Market Watch; 3/16/12

Mike King named CFO of El Camino Hospital
El Camino Hospital announces it has hired Michael King as its new CFO.
Full story; San Jose Business Journal; 3/15/12

Dr. Louisa Littleton: One of Charlotte's first female doctors
Littleton was the first female doctor at Charlotte Memorial Hospital, now Carolinas Medical Center.
Full story; South Charlotte News; 3/15/12

Laday, Bass to lead Texas Health Resources board
The Texas Health Resources board of trustees has selected Kerney Laday Sr. and Anne T. Bass to serve two-year leadership terms and to help establish the strategic direction for the North Texas healthcare system.
Full story; Dallas Business Journal; 3/15/12

CMC-Union to add women's center and more beds
Carolinas Medical Center-Union will add a three-story Women's Center as part of a $57 million expansion.
Full story; Charlotte Observer; 3/14/12

Baptist Health goes paperless
Baptist Health is the first local health system to go entirely paperless through electronic medical record keeping and other digital technologies.
Full story; Jacksonville Business Journal; 3/14/12

Florida Hospital announces partnership with USF Health
Florida Hospital, part of the Adventist Health System, has partnered with USF Health to offer research-driven treatment programs at four of its Tampa Bay area hospitals.
Full story; Modern Healthcare; 3/14/12

New emergency departments coming to south Charlotte
Carolinas HealthCare System recently won state approval to build two new free-standing emergency departments in south Charlotte.
Full story; South Charlotte Weekly; 3/13/12

USF Health, Florida Hospital partner on four medical specialties
Florida Hospital and USF formed a strategic alliance that will translate medical research into patient care at four Florida Hospital facilities.
Full story; Tampa Bay Business Journal; 3/12/12

Jane Durney Crowley appointed to national research and quality advisory council
Jane Durney Crowley, executive vice president and chief administrative officer at Catholic Health Partners, has been appointed to serve on the National Advisory Council for Healthcare Research and Quality of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.
Full story; Catholic Health Partners; 3/12/12

Texas Health Resources advances leadership, governance structures to align clinical, operational activities
Texas Health Resources announced a transformational advancement of its leadership and governance structure designed to enhance the health system's ability to deliver patient-centered, coordinated services across the continuum of care with improved quality and in more cost-effective settings.
Full story; Texas Health Resources; 3/12/12

CaroMont Health, others, adopt 'patient-centered' approach
All 19 of CaroMont Health's primary-care practices have achieved Level 3 Patient Centered Medical Home certification. The patient-centered model has the potential for reducing healthcare costs, says Wes Champion, senior vice president with Premier.
Full story; Charlotte Business Journal; 3/12/12

Florida Hospital performs new heart valve procedure
Florida Hospital has performed Central Florida's first transcatheter heart valve replacement.
Full story; Orlando Business Journal; 3/12/12

Great 100 list includes 31 nurses from Texas Health Resources System Hospitals
Nurses at Texas Health Resources system hospitals account for 31 of the 2012 "Great 100 Nurses," an annual award recognizing the best of the nursing profession in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
Full story; Texas Health Resources; 3/11/12

TriHealth leads state in babies delivered
TriHealth's Good Samaritan Hospital delivered the most babies in the state of Ohio for the fifth consecutive year.
Full story; TriHealth; 3/11/12

More treated for sleep apnea
An expert with Alegent Health's sleep disorders services explains how more often, doctors are evaluating their patients for sleep apnea during office visits.
Full story;; 3/11/12

New insurer-hospital ACO touts early success
With six months of operating data in hand, Advocate Health Care and partner Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois claim spending reductions that are greater than those for patients outside the network.
Full story; Kaiser Health News; 3/9/12

Outstanding data helps Edward Hospital save millions
Since joining the Premier healthcare alliance last year, Edward Hospital & Health Services has saved $3.5 million while improving clinical quality and patient safety. Premier's technology and collaborative services, as well as its national purchasing network played a key role.
Full story; Action for Better Healthcare Blog; 3/8/12

Promoting your hospital's HIT capabilities, creatively
In 2006 the health system implemented an EHR system that is securely linked throughout all 13 wholly owned Texas Health hospitals. The health system invested more than $200 million in the system, which contains more than 4.7 million patient records.
Full story; HealthLeaders Media; 3/7/12

Children's Med, UT Southwestern launch institute
Children's Medical Center and UT Southwestern Medical Center will launch a pediatrics research center and will have a renowned stem cell researcher to lead the $150 million venture.
Full story; Dallas Business Journal; 3/7/12

North Shore LIJ in deal with other health network
The North Shore LIJ Health System announces an alliance with Hackensack University Health Network, the largest in northern New Jersey, to collaborate on ways to improve medical care.
Full story; Newsday; 3/7/12

Huntersville says no to psychiatric hospital planned by Carolinas HealthCare System
The proposed hospital would have offered inpatient and outpatient services and was projected to open in 2013.
Full story; The Charlotte Observer; 3/6/12

Is it really an emergency?
Presbyterian Hospital in Albuquerque discusses redesigning the hospital's ED procedures in 2010.
Full story; Hospitals & Health Networks; 3/5/12

Baystate Medical Center expansion dedication
The dedication marks the completion of the first phase in the long-term hospital renovation process at Baystate Medical Center.
Full story; CBS3; 3/5/12

Plainview Area Health System joins Alegent Health
Alegent Health announces its newest partner, Plainview Area Health System.
Full story; Alegent Health; 3/5/12

Cleveland Clinic expanding patients' electronic medical records with diagnostic test images
The Cleveland Clinic is taking the next step in developing its electronic medical records system.
Full story;; 3/4/12

Banner Health turns on $2.5M solar system
Banner Health has turned on the power for a new $2.5 million solar parking-cover system at its corporate center in Mesa.
Full story; Phoenix Business Journal; 3/4/12

Roper to build center to connect ring of fiber
Roper St. Francis Healthcare broke ground on an $18 million data center project in North Charleston.
Full story; Charleston Business Journal; 3/2/12

How Mike Duggan pointed everyone in a new direction at the Detroit Medical Center
Mike Duggan, president and CEO of the Detroit Medical Center, always found it offensive that hospitals profit more when a patient's health problems are more severe.
Full story; Smart Business; 3/1/12

Peninsula Regional's TCU earns overall 5-Star recognition
For a second consecutive year, U.S. News and World Report, in its recent 2012 "Best Nursing Homes" study, awarded the Transitional Care Unit at Peninsula Regional Medical Center.
Full story; Peninsula Regional; 3/1/12

LifeBridge to open new children's hospital at Sinai
LifeBridge Health, which also owns Sinai Hospital of Baltimore, is spending $29.5 million, including $5 million from the state, to replace the affiliated children's hospital after 53 years in the same building.
Full story; HealthLeaders Media; 3/1/12

February 2012

Executive transitions in Adventist Health's central California region
Richard Rawson has announced his resignation as vice president of Adventist Health.
Full story; Adventist Health; 2/29/12

Geisinger Health Plan's remote monitoring program cuts readmissions by 44 percent
A remote monitoring program implemented by Geisinger Health Plan using interactive voice response and other telemonitoring technology to aid case managers has shown a 44 percent reduction in hospital readmissions.
Full story; Healthcare Finance News; 2/28/12

Cleveland Clinic Children's Hospital launches study to genetically test for autism
Thomas Frazier, Ph.D., of Cleveland Clinic Children's Hospital Center for Autism, is the principle investigator for the study. The study will enroll 600 children over the next two years.
Full story; Cleveland Clinic; 2/29/12

Remboldt retires as President / CEO of Simi Valley Hospital
Darwin Remboldt, 63, has announced his retirement as president/CEO of Simi Valley Hospital effective immediately.
Full story; Adventist Health; 2/28/12

Carolinas HealthCare System gains approval for two free-standing ERs
Carolinas HealthCare System has received approval to build free-standing emergency facilities in Charlotte's SouthPark area and off Interstate 485 in south Charlotte.
Full story; Charlotte Business Journal; 2/28/12

Ribbon is cut at new $18.5 million Fillmore County Hospital
Details about the new Fillmore County Hospital and what patients can expect.
Full story;; 2/27/12

Fixing the drug shortage: It's about time
Derek Raghavan, M.D., Ph.D., President of Levine Cancer Institute, discusses the drug shortage crisis. He explains that the shortage of some intravenous cancer treatment drugs should be seen as nothing less than a travesty, which if left unchecked could lead to avoidable deaths.
Full story; MD News; 2/27/12

Adventist starts construction on $39.8M HQ
Adventist Health System will start work on their second new headquarter building in Altamonte Springs.
Full story; Orlando Business Journal; 2/27/12

Methodist Dallas and Methodist Charlton Medical Centers earn awards
Methodist Dallas and Methodist Charlton Medical Centers, part of the nonprofit Methodist Health System, have been named top performers in a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Premier healthcare alliance value-based purchasing project.
Full story; Dallas South News; 2/27/12

Aurora to keep Sinai Medical Center open
Aurora Health Care will keep Aurora Sinai Medical Center open and continue to provide the same services, including operating its emergency department at its current capacity.
Full story; JSOnline; 2/23/12

Sean Hogan named president of SSM DePaul Health Center
Sean Hogan has been named the new president of SSM DePaul Health Center. He replaces Pat Komoroski.
Full story; St. Louis Business Journal; 2/23/12

Cleveland Clinic and North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System form Innovation Alliance
Cleveland Clinic and the North Shore-LIJ Health System today announced an agreement to create an "Innovation Alliance" to benefit patients through collaborative innovation.
Full story; MarketWatch; 2/23/12

Billings Clinic identified among 2011 top-performing hospitals
Billings Clinic is among the 2011 Top Performing Hospitals in the Premier healthcare alliance's national QUEST collaborative.
Full story; Billings Gazette; 2/23/12

Marshfield Clinic backing concussion legislation
Marshfield Clinic backs a bill that would increase awareness of concussions in young athletes.
Full story; The Business Journal of Milwaukee; 2/22/12

Heart program at Carolinas HealthCare System receives top honors
The open heart surgery program at Carolinas HealthCare System's Sanger Heart & Vascular Institute has received top honors from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons.
Full story; Q Citymetro; 2/22/12

Millard, Children's seek neonatal link
Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital has announced plans for a 10-bed neonatal intensive care unit in partnership with Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo.
Full story; Buffalo Business First; 2/22/12

Karam named Medical Director of Hatton Research
Roger Karam MD, assumed the role of Medical Director of the Hatton Research Institute. He continues his current role as a chairman of the Institutional Review Board at TriHealth.
Full story; TriHealth; 2/22/12

Banner Health reports 2011 savings of $41.5M
Banner Health's savings were not the result of a competitive bid and over a third of their savings were achieved through data driven efforts to standardize and eliminate variance.
Full story; Healthcare Matters; 2/22/12

Allegiance Hospital recognized for outstanding ER
A new report from Health Grades, a Colorado-based independent health care rating company says Allegiance Hospital has one of the best ER's in the country.
Full story; WLNS-TV; 2/21/12

Dalton, List, Sellers take on new roles as Moffitt revamps leadership
Leaders at Moffitt Cancer Center change roles and have new focus.
Full story; Tampa Bay Business Journal; 2/21/12

University Hospitals Case Medical Center and Athersys team up in national trial of stem cell therapy for stroke
Hundreds of thousands of stroke patients each year receive no medical help but supportive care. But a Phase 2 national clinical trial enrolling patients at University Hospitals Case Medical Center and other institutions may provide a glimmer of hope.
Full story;; 2/21/12

Dayal to become first CMO at SSM
SSM Health Care has named Dr. Gaurov Dayal to the newly created position of chief medical officer and senior VP of physician innovation and integration.
Full story; Modern Physician; 2/21/12

Baystate Health persevered with major construction project through 'Great Recession'
On March 2, Baystate will wheel the first patient into the 300,000-square-foot Davis Family Heart and Vascular Center. It is the first part of the 640,000-square-foot Hospital of the Future.
Full story;; 2/20/12

PRMC presented third consecutive emergency care 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% in the nation.
Full story; Peninsula Regional; 2/20/12

Getting up to speed
Banner, AtlantiCare, Presbyterian Healthcare and HUMC discuss IT needs and investments required to support an ACO.
Full story; Modern Healthcare (Subscription required); 2/20/12

Three North Carolina healthcare facilities are award winning
Southeastern Regional Medical Center, Care Partners Health Services and CaroMont Health achieve award status through the North Carolina Awards for Excellence.
Full story; IES; 2/19/12

Pilot health project aims to improve care for uninsured
Aurora Health Care will be part of The Milwaukee Health Care Partnership.
Full story; JSOnline; 2/18/12

MTMC rewarded as part of chest pain network
The Saint Thomas Chest Pain Network was recently recognized as a national finalist for the 20th annual Monroe E. Trout Premier Cares Award.
Full story; The Daily News Journal; 2/18/12

Presence Health is new name of combined Provena-Resurrection
The combined health system of Resurrection Health Care Corp. and Provena Health has been named Presence Health.
Full story; Crain's Chicago Business; 2/18/12

Catholic Health Partners hires North Division CEO
Catholic Health Partners promotes Brian Smith to president and CEO of its North Division.
Full story; Business Courier; 2/18/12

Kimmel Cancer Center hopes to improve care access
Kimmel Cancer Center establishes the Center to Eliminate Cancer Disparities.
Full story; Philadelphia Business Journal; 2/17/12

Texas Health Presbyterian gets corporate sponsorship deal
Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano will receive signs, track decals and other mentions.
Full story; Dallas News; 2/16/12

Ascension hires Arbuckle for CFO job
Ascension Health, St. Louis, continued its leadership restructuring by naming Katherine Arbuckle as CFO.
Full story; Modern Healthcare; 2/15/12

TriHealth honored as a healthy workplace
TriHealth won the 2011 Healthy Ohio Health Workplace award for demonstrating a commitment to employee health.
Full story; TriHealth; 2/15/12

Thomas Jefferson University opens new academic building
Thomas Jefferson University is officially opening its newest facility, the $35.8 million Jefferson Health Professions Academic Building.
Full story; Philadelphia Business Journal; 2/15/12

Cadence Health launches new affiliation with Cleveland Clinic for adult medical oncology services
Cadence Health, the newly named health system created through the merger of Central DuPage Hospital and Delnor Hospital, announced an affiliation with Cleveland Clinic for adult medical oncology services.
Full story; Delnor; 2/15/12

Leadership changes at Banner Health
A new position has been created for Pam Nenaber, who has been serving as CEO of Banner Gateway/Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center. She now is chief operating officer of Banner Medical Group.
Full story; Phoenix Business Journal; 2/15/12

Call it the Buffalo General Medical Center
A name change has officially gone into effect for Buffalo General Medical Center, the rebranded name for the former Buffalo General Hospital.
Full story; Buffalo Business First; 2/13/12

Brumsted named CEO of Fletcher Allen Health Care
Dr. John Brumsted, a specialist in obstetrics and gynecology at Fletcher Allen Health Care, is named president and chief executive officer of the Burlington-based healthcare system.
Full story;; 2/13/12

The evolution of palliative care
The Greater New York Hospital Association discusses recent legal changes that impact palliative care.
Full story; Hospitals & Health Networks; 2/13/12

Florida Hospital performs first heart transplant
Florida Hospital announce the successful completion of the first heart transplant to take place in Central Florida.
Full story; Orlando Business Journal; 2/13/12

SSM Health Care of Oklahoma names new CEO
Joe Hodges has been named CEO of SSM Health Care of Oklahoma, which owns two Oklahoma City hospitals.
Full story; NewsOK; 2/11/12

Detroit Medical Center plans $50M outpatient facility
Two-thirds of the DMC Royal Oak Center would provide pediatric specialty care services, with the remaining third handling adult outpatient service.
Full story; The Detroit News; 2/10/12

Carolinas HealthCare breaks ground for rehab hospital in Concord
The 40-bed rehabilitation hospital will be located in Concord. It will be nearly 70,000-square-feet and will be called Carolinas Rehabilitation-NorthEast.
Full story; Charlotte Business Journal; 2/10/12

Jefferson Hospitals leader retiring
Tom Lewis is retiring as president and CEO of Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals.
Full story; Philadelphia Business Journal; 2/10/12

List of top integrated healthcare networks includes Texas Health Resources
Texas Health Resources has earned a spot on the 2012 IMS Top 100 Integrated Healthcare Networks list.
Full story; Texas Health Resources; 2/9/12

Buffalo General has plans for old ER unit
Buffalo General opened a new emergency department in the first floor of the building that also houses its new Gates Vascular Center.
Full story; Buffalo Business First; 2/9/12

Sanford-Burnham, Florida Hospital, Moffitt form partnership
Partnership will focus on investing in personalized cancer treatments.
Full story; Orlando Business Journal; 2/9/12

M.D. Anderson names building after former CEO Mendelsohn
The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center is renaming it Faculty Center building to the John Mendelsohn Faculty Center in honor of the organization's former CEO.
Full story; Houston Business Journal; 2/8/12

Mount Sinai sells Miami Heart Institute to Lionheart
Mount Sinai Medical Center has found a buyer for its Miami Heart Institute site.
Full story; South Florida Business Journal; 2/8/12

Charlotte Radiology brings specialized liver cancer treatment to CMC-NorthEast
Charlotte Radiology has announced it is making available a new treatment for patients with metastatic liver cancer at CMC-Northeast in Concord. SIR-Spheres microspheres is the only fully FDA-approved radiation microspheres for treating colorectal cancer that has metastasized to the liver.
Full story; Charlotte Area News; 2/7/12

SSM Health Care opens 50-bed hospital in Wisconsin
The new St. Mary's Janesville Hospital is on a campus with the newly rebuilt Dean Clinic, a practice owned by the privately held Dean company. One of the country's largest integrated delivery systems, Dean is 95 percent owned by physician shareholders, and 5 percent owned by SSM Health Care.
Full story; Catholic Health Association; 2/7/12

Sparrow Hospital and Hayes Green Beach strengthening partnership
Sparrow Health System and Hayes Green Beach Memorial Hospital are working to develop a nonexclusive affiliation agreement.
Full story; LSJ; 2/6/12

Build-A-Bear to open second hospital based store
Build-A-Bear opens a hospital based store in Sinai Hospital.
Full story; St. Louis Business Journal; 2/6/12

Carolinas HealthCare Foundation fights childhood obesity
The Duke Endowment distributed nearly $113 million in 2011 to support organizations across the Carolinas. Some funds will help fight childhood obesity.
Full story; Salisbury Post; 2/5/12

On the move
Avera Sacred Heart Hospital in Yankton is among the 2011 Top Performing Hospitals in the Premier healthcare alliance's national QUEST collaborative.
Full story;; 2/5/12

Mission Health appoints new CEO
Mission Health announced Friday that it appointed Lynn Boggs as president and CEO of The McDowell Hospital.
Full story; The McDowell News; 2/4/12

Alexian gets $1 million donation, now halfway to fundraising goal
Alexian Brothers has received a $1 million donation as it continues its fundraising efforts for its $117 million children's hospital in Hoffman Estates.
Full story; Chicago Tribune; 2/4/12

Harvard and Children's Hospital create 'smart' nanotherapeutics
Researchers at Children's Hospital Boston and Harvard have found a way to deliver drugs specifically to pancreatic cells, a method they believe could support Type 1 diabetes treatments.
Full story; Boston Business Journal; 2/1/12

McLaren Health Care acquires Petoskey hospital
McLaren Health Care has acquired Northern Michigan Regional Hospital in Petoskey.
Full story; The Detroit News; 2/1/12

Henry Ford Health System enhances services for deaf
Henry Ford Health System will be implementing new and additional processes to ensure effective communication between deaf or hard-of-hearing patients and healthcare providers.
Full story; The Sacramento Bee; 2/1/12

AtlantiCare Special Care Center receives Premier Cares Award
AtlantiCare Special Care Center received the Premier Cares Award and $100,000. The center provides intensive management services to the region's most complex, high-needs patients in a completely different and unique way. Five other programs are named Cares finalists.
Full story; Premier healthcare alliance; 2/1/12

Genesis Health focuses on outpatient care
The Genesis Health System in Davenport, IA, is in the midst of an agreement with Mercer County, IL, to run an outpatient facility.
Full story; HealthLeaders Media; 2/1/12

January 2012

Mon General opens new Orthopedic Center to better serve patients
Mon General Hospital unveils its new orthopedic center. The state-of-the-art center includes new operating rooms and patient rooms all designed for ease of use and comfort.
Full story; The State Journal; 1/30/12

Avera Sacred Heart among top performing hospitals
Avera Sacred Heart is once again showing its dedication to quality. For the third straight year, the Yankton hospital has achieved top performance in the Premier healthcare alliance's national QUEST collaborative.
Full story; Yankton Daily; 1/28/12

State hospitals, Aurora Health aim to do no harm
The Wisconsin Hospital Association has launched a statewide initiative, funded with money included in the federal healthcare reform law, to reduce both hospital-acquired conditions and readmissions. Aurora Health Care will be participating.
Full story; Journal Sentinel; 1/28/12

Florida Hospital Altamonte expands cardiac program
Florida Hospital Altamonte will offer expanded cardiac services at its cardiac catheterization lab starting in February.
Full story; Orlando Business Journal; 1/27/12

Carolinas HealthCare adds oncologists
Oncologists Dr. Heather Brooks and Dr. Ashley Sumrall recently joined Carolinas HealthCare System's Levine Cancer Institute clinical team.
Full story; Matthews Mint Hill Weekly; 1/27/12

Excela Health wins catheterization accreditation
Excela Health's lab has been recognized by the Accreditation for Cardiovascular Excellence, only the fifth in the nation to be accredited.
Full story; Pittsburgh Business Times; 1/25/12

Steve Eblin named CEO at Randolph Hospital
The Board of Directors of Randolph Hospital announced it has named Steven Eblin as its next CEO.
Full story; Randolph Hospital; 1/25/12

New heart treatment started at Buffalo General
Buffalo General Hospital surgeons have begun offering a new cardiac procedure aimed at patients ineligible for other life-saving procedures.
Full story; Buffalo Business First; 1/24/12

Hospital takes on septicemia, saves 36 lives
East Alabama Medical Center explains how it saved 36 lives thanks to a sepsis initiative.
Full story; HealthLeaders Media; 1/24/12

PRMC presented HealthGrades Distinguished Hospital Award for clinical excellence for a 4th consecutive year
Peninsula Regional Medical Center's clinical quality is among the top 5 percent of all American hospitals across 26 medical procedures and diagnoses.
Full story; Peninsula Regional Medical Center; 1/24/12

SSM Health Care joins 'Partnership for Patients' Initiative
SSM Health Care is stepping up its efforts to make healthcare safer and less costly by participating in the "Partnership for Patients" initiative.
Full story; SSM Health Care; 1/24/12

CMC Geisinger merger gains final approvals
The full merger and integration of Community Medical Center in Scranton and all of its affiliates into Geisinger Health System has received approval from the Pennsylvania Attorney General and the Pennsylvania Department of Health.
Full story; The Times Leader; 1/23/12

Catholic Healthcare West is now Dignity Health
Catholic Healthcare West has changed its name to Dignity Health as part of a governance restructure that will position the organization to succeed in a changing healthcare environment.
Full story; MarketWatch; 1/23/12

Cleveland Clinic's new master plan envisions bigger, greener campus
Long green outdoor courtyards would extend through the heart of the Cleveland Clinic's main campus near University Circle, according to a vision proposed for the hospital system
Full story;; 1/22/12

West Georgia Health receives honors
West Georgia Health has achieved top performance status in the Premier healthcare alliance's national QUEST collaborative.
Full story; LaGrange Daily News; 1/22/12

Baystate explains 8 steps to implementing bundled payments
Baystate Medical Center reduced cost per case and improved quality through its bundled payment initiative.
Full story; Healthcare Informatics; 1/20/12

St. Mary's in Madison opens new neonatal center
St. Mary's Hospital will open a neonatal intensive care unit at the end of January.
Full story; The Business Journal; 1/20/12

Healthcare Informatics announces 2012 Innovator Award winners
Texas Health Resources and Marshfield Clinic are named among the finalists.
Full story; Healthcare Informatics; 1/20/12

Carolinas HealthCare System's psychiatric facility could grow to 110 beds
The behavioral health center in Huntersville would double psychiatric inpatient capacity for Carolinas HealthCare System.
Full story; Charlotte Business Journal; 1/20/12

Florida Hospital, Orlando Health create plan to treat pain patients in ERs
Orlando Health and Florida Hospital officials announced they are implementing a chronic pain management plan to help emergency room physicians better deal with the influx in people seeking pain treatment.
Full story; Orlando Sentinel; 1/20/12

From couch to Zumba, a worthwhile journey
CaroMont Health is helping to get people fit.
Full story; Gaston Gazette; 1/19/12

Maury Regional among 2011 Top Performing Hospitals
Maury Regional Medical Center (MRMC) is among the 2011 Top Performing Hospitals in Premier's national QUEST collaborative. MRMC is the only provider in Middle Tennessee to attain this award.
Full story;; 1/19/12

EAMC reduces health care costs
East Alabama Medical Center discusses improvements made with Premier's QUEST collaborative.
Full story;; 1/18/12

Inova Health System recognized for efficiency, cost improvements
Inova Fairfax's success in driving their average wait time from 65 minutes to 53 minutes was one reason Inova was recognized for its high scores in the QUEST Collaborative, a three-year quality improvement project developed by the Premier healthcare alliance.
Full story; The Washington Business Journal; 1/18/12

EAMC reduces healthcare costs
In a span of three years, more than 150 hospitals, including Opelika’s East Alabama Medical Center, have successfully reduced healthcare costs by nearly $4.5 billion and saved an estimated 24,820 lives, thanks in part to their participation in Premier healthcare alliance’s QUEST: High Performing Hospitals collaborative.
Full story;; 1/18/12

Mon General files to renovate and expand birthing center
Mon General Hospital is hoping to renovate and expand the hospital's Hazel Ruby McQuain Family Birth Center.
Full story;; 1/18/12

Eleven South Carolina hospitals including McLeod Regional ranked as top performers in 2011
McLeod Regional Medical Center, Palmetto Health and others named as top performing hospitals.
Full story; GSA Business; 1/18/12

Cleveland Clinic to hire more outpatient staff
Officials with the Cleveland Clinic say they have many open positions and are constantly looking to fill outpatient positions.
Full story; Fierce Healthcare; 1/17/12

Carolinas HealthCare System shares network news
Carolinas HealthCare System shares news for the week, including information about a new facility that is now open.
Full story; CHS via YouTube; 1/17/12

Detroit Medical Center begins construction of $78M heart hospital
The Detroit Medical Center broke ground for a new $78 million, five-story heart hospital scheduled to open on the health system's midtown Detroit campus in two years.
Full story; Detroit Free Press; 1/17/12

West Georgia Health among 2011 Top Performing Hospitals
West Georgia Health is among the 2011 Top Performing Hospitals in the Premier healthcare alliance's national QUEST collaborative.
Full story;; 1/17/12

NCQA names first 6 early adopter ACOs, Billings Clinic is one
The early adopter designation means organizations have committed to undergoing a full National Committee for Quality Assurance survey of their ACO capabilities between March 1 and December 31, 2012.
Full story; Healthcare IT News; 1/17/12

Summa Rehab Hospital set to open in Akron
The Summa Rehab Hospital on the City Hospital campus will have 60 beds available for patients who are recovering from conditions that range from strokes to spinal cord injuries. The hospital will employ about 200 workers.
Full story; Columbus Business First; 1/17/12

MD Anderson doctors lead open-notes movement
Certain changes are being pioneered at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, which since 2009 has maintained online portals where patients can call up the typed notes their doctor took during their appointments as well as the rest of their records.
Full story;; 1/16/12

Detroit Medical Center improves cafeteria menu in quest for healthier hospital culture
Detroit Medical Center's eight hospitals introduce healthy menu items into their cafeterias.
Full story; Crain's Detroit Business; 1/16/12

Carolinas HealthCare System adding emergency facility in Kannapolis
Carolinas HealthCare System projects that 12,000 patients will use the facility within the first year. That will help ease pressure on the emergency department at CMC NorthEast, which saw about 88,000 patients last year.
Full story; Charlotte Business Journal; 1/12/12

Silvia named Vice President of Medical Affairs and CMO at Peninsula Regional Medical Center
C. B. Silvia, MD has been named PRMC's Chief Medical Officer and Vice President of Medical Affairs.
Full story; Peninsula Regional Medical Center; 1/12/12

Alamance Regional honored for improvements
Alamance County's hospital is one of four hospitals in the state to be named a 2011 Top Performing Hospital by QUEST, the Premier healthcare alliance's national healthcare collaborative.
Full story;; 1/12/12

Adventist to roll out EHRs at 130 clinics
Adventist Health will expand its electronic health record system across more than 130 outpatient clinics.
Full story; Healthcare IT News; 1/12/12

Fairview is getting patients to take charge of their health
Fairview Health gets patients involved in their own healthcare. Find out how they are making this happen and improving care for patients.
Full story; The New York Times; 1/12/12

SSM new hospital, clinic to open in Janesville
St. Mary's Janesville Hospital welcomes patients.
Full story; The Janesville Gazette; 1/11/12

St. Joe's, Barrow team to create co-management company
Together, physicians and hospital executives share the responsibility and accountability for managing Barrow Neurological Institute's daily operations.
Full story; Phoenix Business Journal; 1/11/12

St. Elizabeth inks deal with long-term care provider
St. Elizabeth has entered into a partnership with Select Medical to offer long-term acute care at St. Elizabeth Fort Thomas.
Full story; Business Courier; 1/10/12

Catholic Health Partners extends reach of electronic health records with care everywhere
Catholic Health Partners took an important step into the future of healthcare with yesterday's implementation of Care Everywhere. This new software from Epic Systems Corporation enables healthcare providers in different parts of the country to access portions of the Epic electronic health record for patients whom both are serving.
Full story; CHP website; 1/10/12

Grand View expands infant-care partnership with CHOP
Grand View Hospital said Tuesday it has expanded its infant-care partnership with The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.
Full story; Philadelphia Business Journal; 1/10/12

Catholic Health System hospitals end TV, phone charges
Patients at Catholic Health System hospitals have begun receiving phone and television service free of charge as part of a new service.
Full story; Buffalo Business First Reporter; 1/10/12

Sharp HealthCare secures expanded role in development of new medicines
Sharp HealthCare was recently designated as a Quintiles Prime Site, a distinction that gives Sharp's medical facilities an enhanced role in global clinical research.
Full story; Digital Journal; 1/9/12

New PRMC system improves safety
Peninsula Regional Medical Center's pharmacy has implemented a new system that increases accuracy via digital technology.
Full story;; 1/9/12

AtlantiCare and Catholic Healthcare West reduce costs
Collaborative efforts between healthcare providers, health insurers and employers are eliminating wasteful and unnecessary healthcare costs. AtlantiCare and Catholic Healthcare West among those making strides in this area.
Full story; Fierce Healthcare; 1/6/12

Texas Health hospitals named top performers
Five Texas Health Resources hospitals have been named top performing hospitals as part of Premier's national quality improvement initiative.
Full story; Dallas Business Journal; 1/5/12

Peninsula Regional Medical Center to begin nearly $18M expansion project
The Peninsula Regional Medical Center project will increase the size of the hospital's 16 operating rooms among other improvements.
Full story; The Republic; 1/5/12

Florida Hospital, Sanford - Burnham research published
New research from Florida Hospital shows that overeating a higher protein diet increases lean body mass and resting metabolism.
Full story; Orlando Business Journal; 1/5/12

Norton Healthcare rebranding Suburban hospital
Norton Healthcare rolls out plans to rebrand several hospitals. Plans include a focus on women's health.
Full story; Business First; 1/5/12

Howard named CEO of SSM's St. Louis operations
SSM announces new CEO of St. Louis operations.
Full story (login required); Modern Healthcare; 1/4/12

Hartford Hospital comments on drug shortages, "gray market" hoarding
Dr. Amy Brown, director of gynecologic oncology at Hartford Hospital, said there have been shortages in the past year of the top three drugs used for ovarian cancer, which are also used to treat endometrial and cervical cancers.
Full story; The CT Mirror; 1/4/12

SSM rehab hospital in Bridgeton to open next week
The new 60-bed SSM Rehabilitation Hospital on the campus of the SSM DePaul Health Center in Bridgeton prepares to accept its first patients.
Full story; St. Louis Business Journal; 1/4/12

Carolinas HealthCare System news update
CHS Network News is Carolinas HealthCare's weekly news program. It provides viewers with timely system and community updates, and interviews with local health experts. Hear a story about a young girl who leads a special fundraiser for sick children.
Full story; Carolinas HealthCare System; 1/3/12

SSM lets patients check in at ER from home
SSM rolled out a new service, called InQuicker in December. InQuicker is geared toward patients with minor emergencies and it works by having patients go online, choose their preferred SSM hospital, select a treatment time, fill out a form and then wait until its time to go.
Full story; St. Louis Business Journal; 1/3/12

Data flows at Cleveland Clinic
Doctors at Cleveland Clinic are regularly calling up patient records from another hospital, and now other health organizations are coming on line.
Full story;; 1/3/12

On the margins of Medicare
Mark Solazzo, executive vice president and chief operating officer for North Shore LIJ Health System, says having hospitals such as North Shore University focus on Medicare margins is a good exercise because it brings attention to the cost side of operations.
Full story (subscription required); Modern Healthcare; 1/3/12

How health systems improved perinatal care
Bon Secours Richmond Health System and Geisinger Health System focus on perinatal care and share what they have learned with others.
Full story; HealthLeaders Media; 1/3/12

ACO Pioneers getting prepared
Sharp HealthCare, based in San Diego, will enter the new Medicare contract with some recent experience and investments that will benefit the federal initiative. The system already plans to invest to expand its data warehouse.
Full story (subscription required); Modern Healthcare; 1/3/12

Levine Cancer Institute bolsters clinical team with two oncologists from internationally renowned programs
New oncologists will conduct research and will provide quality cancer care for Carolinas HealthCare System.
Full story; Carolinas HealthCare System; 1/1/12

Carolinas HealthCare System opens first center in region for specialized women's healthcare
Carolinas HealthCare's Women's Center for Pelvic Health is a unique facility that combines the clinical expertise of a fellowship-trained urologist and urogynecologist to treat all aspects of pelvic disorders.
Full story; Carolinas HealthCare System; 1/1/12