“Albuquerque, N.M.-based Presbyterian Healthcare Services will host career fairs to hire for its Presbyterian Santa Fe (N.M.) Medical Center slated to open this fall,” Becker’s Hospital Review reports. “Once built, the $145 million, 342,000-square-foot Presbyterian Santa Fe Medical Center will include 30 private inpatient beds, an emergency department, an urgent care center and a family birthing unit, according to the report, which cites information from PHS.”
“Methodist Hospital will close its home health and hospice program this month and refer patients to the Visiting Nurse Association,” according to Omaha World-Herald. “Steve Goeser, a president and CEO of Methodist Health System, said the health system has had a strong relationship with the VNA since 2000, when the VNA became Methodist’s preferred provider for the Medicare patients it serves. Josie Abboud, Methodist Hospital’s executive vice president and chief operating officer, said the number of patients in the program varies from day to day but adds up to about 70. Between home care, hospice and its community health programs, the VNA sees about 2,000 people a day.”
Wake Forest Baptist, UNC Health Care Sign Binding Definitive Agreement Regarding Ownership of High Point Regional Health
“Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center and UNC Health Care, the parent organization of High Point Regional Health, today [March 12] announced that they have signed a binding agreement that advances the process to transition ownership of High Point Regional from UNC Health Care to Wake Forest Baptist. Over the coming months, leadership from both Wake Forest Baptist and High Point Regional Health will be working together to take the necessary steps toward full integration which is anticipated early this Fall.” Read more about the transition HERE.
“Advocate Lutheran General Hospital is now the first hospital in Illinois to offer Contrast Enhanced Digital Mammography or CEDM at the Caldwell Breast Center,” reports the Chicago Tribune. “Some of the benefits of CEDM include shorter imaging time (it only takes 8 minutes to image), cost reduction and superior comfort for patients who find an MRI confining. It also reduces the number of unnecessary biopsies, which shortens the time to treatment.”
Intermountain, SSM, Ascension and Trinity’s Generic Drug Venture Could Have a Third of the Hospital Market as Members
“Seventy U.S. hospitals expressed interest in joining a nonprofit generic drug company venture formed by four health systems across the country and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, according to Politico.” According to Becker’s Hospital Review, things to know include, “The generic drug company, formed by Salt Lake City-based Intermountain Healthcare in collaboration with St. Louis-based Ascension; Livonia, Mich.-based Trinity Health; St. Louis-based SSM Health and the VA, plans to address the high costs and shortages of generic medications. As a result of the expanded interest, the generic drug venture could soon count a third of all U.S. hospital operators as members, according to the report.”