“Shawnee Mission Health’s new CEO is coming from Colorado, but he has ties to Kansas. Sam Huenergardt, who will take the job May 28, worked at Shawnee Mission Health as a controller, a financial record-keeping job, from 2003 to 2005 and got a master’s in business administration from Baker University in 2010,” the Kansas City Star reports. “Huenergardt is currently the president and CEO of Parker Adventist Hospital, a 167-bed facility in a suburb of Denver. It’s part of the nine-state Adventist Health System chain of 46 hospitals, which also includes Shawnee Mission Medical Center. In his new role, Huenergardt will be CEO of Adventist’s Mid-America Region, which also includes a hospital in Durand, Wis. Huenergardt will replace Ken Bacon. After six years at Shawnee Mission Health, Bacon has been tapped to lead Adventist’s south Denver hospitals.”
“Adventist Health System, the parent company of Florida Hospital, is acquiring Munroe Regional Medical Center, a 421-bed hospital in Ocala, according to an announcement on Wednesday,” according to the Orlando Sentinel. “The transfer of the lease, which is expected to be finalized in the third quarter of 2018, is subject to the consent of the Marion County Hospital District, which owns and leases out the hospital. If approved, Munroe Regional will join Florida Hospital network’s West Florida Division, which includes 10 other hospitals in the region, including in Tampa, Dade City and Sebring. The sale is part of the growing number of hospital mergers and acquisitions, reaching its highest point in a decade in 2017, according to reports. Among the drivers of this trend is health-care industry’s shift toward value-based care, which is better rewarded with reach and scale.”
“Adventist Health and St. Joseph Health, which operate such North Bay facilities as St. Helena hospital, Queen of the Valley and Santa Rosa Memorial, plan to merge clinical activities and services in Northern California,” reports North Bay Business Journal. “The announcement stated that the arrangement does not include the other 15 Adventist Health hospitals in the western United States or the other 46 Providence St. Joseph Health hospitals located throughout the western United States and Texas. Under this affiliation, which is subject to regulatory review, Adventist Health and St. Joseph Health will retain existing hospital names, licenses, capital assets and employees. The proposed transaction is set to close sometime later this year.”
“Troy, Ohio-based Kettering Health Network is building a $60 million hospital with a surgery center in Troy, Dayton Daily News reports. The new hospital will be three stories and nearly 100,000 square feet when complete. In addition to the surgery center, the hospital will have an emergency department, a lab, an imaging center and a medical office,” according to Becker’s ASC Review. “The medical center is expected to create 120 new jobs. Administrators expect construction will be completed in late 2018.”
Loma Linda University Medical Center Comprehensive Epilepsy Center Re-accredited Highest Designation by the NAEC
“Loma Linda University Medical Center Comprehensive Epilepsy Center has been re-accredited by the National Association of Epilepsy Centers (NAEC) as a level 4 epilepsy center, which is the highest-level designation from the NAEC,” announced Loma Linda University Health. “Level 4 epilepsy centers have the professional expertise and facilities to provide the highest level of medical and surgical evaluation and treatment for patients with complex epilepsy. The Comprehensive Epilepsy Center at LLUMC is the leading center for epilepsy care in Southeastern California and is the only institution in the Inland Empire with the level 4 designation.”
“Construction of the new Adventist HealthCare White Oak Medical Center has officially hit the halfway mark, with a record 500 crew members on site daily,” Adventist Healthcare announced. The $404 million new hospital campus will be a 170-private-room hospital in Takoma Park, Maryland.