Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center and United Healthcare announced they have joined to form an accountable care organization (ACO) through Wake Forest Baptist’s collaboration in the CHESS health management company with the goal of dedicating more resources to care coordination and enabling the organizations to more easily share important health information on patient care. The Winston-Salem Journal reports the medical center recently signed a letter of intent to acquire Cornerstone Health Care of High Point, which has worked with Wake Forest Baptist over the last two years to develop a clinically integrated network company with CHESS (Cornerstone Health Enablement Strategic Solutions).
Kathryn Ruscitto, CEO of St. Joseph’s Health in Syracuse, N.Y., has announced she will be stepping down, reports Time Warner Cable News. Ruscitto has led the group for 16 years, during which she oversaw a $220 million expansion project which included a new emergency services department, operating rooms and an intensive care unit. St. Joseph’s is in the process of merging with Trinity Health, a national Catholic health system. A replacement has not yet been tapped.
Daytona Beach’s Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center has been named one of the top 100 hospitals in the U.S. by Truven Health Analytics. The annual study recognizes hospitals and leadership teams that “provide the highest level of value to their communities based on a national balanced scorecard, which measures overall organizational performance across 11 key analytic measures, including patient care, operational efficiency and financial stability,” according to the Ormond Beach Observer. The hospital was also recently the only one in its area to achieve the Second Star Award from the Florida Quest for Quality Maternity Care and is moving into its third phase of being designated a “Baby-Friendly Hospital.”
Mercy Hospital in Portland, Maine has announced its president and CEO of more than 13 years, Eileen F. Skinner, has resigned as of March 31, 2016, citing simply, “I need a break.” She oversaw the construction of a new state-of-the-art hospital in Portland during her time at Mercy, which now operates six primary care facilities, five express care sites and 22 specialized physician practices across southern Maine, the Press Herald reports. It was acquired by Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems in 2013. The search for Skinner’s replacement is currently underway.
Bruce Begley, CEO of Methodist Hospital in Henderson, Ky., has announced his retirement after more than 20 years in the role and 31 years at Methodist. Some of his achievements during his tenure include the creation of the first Home Health Agency, the development of the Community Care Network (Methodist Hospital’s first Preferred Provider Organization), and the purchase of Valley View Medical Center in Morganfield which is now known as Methodist Hospital Union County, among many other accomplishments. Begley said his replacement, chosen by the board, was slated to begin April 4, 2016, according to The Gleaner.
White Oak, Md. will soon be home to a new Washington Adventist Hospital, as more than 300 community members and elected officials gathered to break ground on the new $331 million facility March 7, 2016. It is scheduled to open in early 2019 and replace a facility built in 1907 six miles away from the new site in Takoma Park. Plans include moving the hospital’s acute care operations to the new 170-bed building while retaining its current Takoma Park location to provide other services like a psychiatric unit, inpatient behavior health beds and inpatient rehabilitation, the Adventist Review reports.