Effective with the new year, Bon Secours Mercy Health acquired three hospitals from Franklin, Tennessee-based Community Health Systems Inc. The hospitals are now a part of the Bon Secours Mercy Health Atlantic Group. Bon Secours Mercy Health President and CEO John Starcher said in a statement to VirginiaBusiness.com, “Southeastern Virginia is a rapidly growing area, and we look forward to continuing to invest in the health and well-being of area residents while ensuring our facilities are places where associates want to work, clinicians want to practice, people seek wellness and communities thrive.”
Dignity Health has announced plans for a new Elk Grove, California hospital campus. ABC10 reported that initially, plans call for constructing a 200,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art hospital that will employ approximately 1,250 full-time workers. When complete, the 30-acre campus will be a strong presence in the community. The construction will take about six years to complete and cost roughly $327 million.
AMITA Health, a joint healthcare operating company of Ascension and AdventHealth serving residents of the greater Chicago area has a new President and CEO. Keith Parrott, FACHE assumed the role on January 13, and brings nearly 30 years of faith-based, healthcare experience to the role. According to the Press Release, Parrot holds a Master of Healthcare Administration, a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration and has a history of community involvement.
St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor hospital leads the Michigan Cancer Research Consortium. Using combination of public and private resources, the hospital and its partner institutions in the consortium have helped thousands of patients enroll in cutting-edge research programs without leaving the communities where they live. According to an article by Catholic Health World, the creators of the program believe that nonacademic hospitals across the country could use this model to give their patients access to the latest cancer trials.
“In a new article for Health Progress, Nick Ragone, Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing and Communications Officer, puts the Ascension journey to a unified brand in the context of the continuation of the healing ministry of Jesus.” Read Ascension’s Press Release.
SSM Health Simulation and Training Center houses the latest technology and equipment for simulation-based learning, which has been shown to improve patient safety and clinical outcomes. The goal is to make the situation and environment real enough to suspend disbelief of clinicians and students by bringing a simulated environment to life. An article in Health Progress it is pointed out that SSM Health has used simulation in some form or fashion for the past 20 years; however, it has historically occurred in the hospital, on a patient care unit or in a classroom setting — as opposed to a dedicated facility. SM Health believes it is critical that physicians, nurses and clinicians have a space where they can learn in a “risk-free” environment.