Blue Cross, Texas Health Resources Reach Agreement on Contract
Texas Health Resources will remain in Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas’ network, the Star-Telegram reports. The contract between the two was slated to expire Dec. 31, 2016, but a joint statement said they were able to reach an agreement “through determined efforts on both sides of the table.” Blue Cross Blue Shield is the largest deliverer of healthcare benefits in Texas, serving more than 5 million members across the state, and THR is one of the largest faith-based nonprofit health systems in the country.
Florida Hospital Carrollwood Celebrates Opening of New Surgical Tower
Florida Hospital Carrollwood, a 120-bed acute care facility in the Tampa Bay area, will open a new Surgical Tower and facility expansion mid-January 2017, a news release reports. The tower will include 11 surgical suites, a new waiting room, pre-admission testing area, an additional interventional catherization lab and space for future expansion. The second and third phases of the project will also include the addition of an endoscopy suite, cystoscopy suite and an expanded and renovated pharmacy.
With Release of Fall 2016 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, Porter Adventist Hospital Has Again Earned Straight “A’s” for Patient Safety
Denver’s Porter Adventist Hospital has earned an ‘A’ grade in patient safety from the Leapfrog Group, which uses 30 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign A-F grades to more than 2600 hospitals nationwide twice annually. A news release reports Porter Hospital has earned straight As from the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades since the grades’ inception in 2012 and is one of only 72 hospitals to achieve this honor.
Washington Adventist Hospital Begins Pouring Foundation for White Oak Campus
Washington Adventist Hospital has begun construction on its new White Oak campus, slated to be complete in 2019, according to the Adventist Review. The Maryland-based hospital held a blessing ceremony for the new facility Dec. 2, symbolically installing the book Ministry of Healing by Seventh-day Adventist Church co-founder Ellen G. White on the site just before the foundation was poured Dec. 12. The new building will house 170 acute-care beds as well as a medical campus, including a 39-bed psychiatric unit, 40 inpatient behavioral health beds, and an inpatient rehabilitation facility.
Saint Thomas Hospitals Get New CFO
Nashville’s Saint Thomas Midtown and Saint Thomas West hospitals have named a new CFO, Shalin Shah, effective Jan. 1, 2017. According to the Nashville Post, Shah comes from HCA Holdings’ West Florida group, most recently serving as COO for Regional Medical Center at Bayonet Point for five years and holding a CFO position there from 2007-2011. He succeeds Pamela Hess, who recently became CFO of St. Vincent’s Healthcare, which, like Saint Thomas, is part of Ascension Health.