Faith-Based Healthcare News – September 2017

By September 27, 2017 News, Healthcare Articles

Baptist Healthcare Agrees to Acquire a Kentucky Hospital System

“Baptist Healthcare System Inc. plans to expand its operations in Kentucky with the acquisition of Hardin Memorial Health,” Louisville Business First reports. “Under the agreement, Baptist Healthcare would acquire all assets of Hardin Memorial Health. In return, the Louisville-based organization would reinvest ‘significant capital’ into the health care system and make an additional monetary commitment to Hardin County, according to the release. Hardin Memorial Health is a hospital and health care provider with a 300-bed hospital, Hardin Memorial Hospital, in Elizabethtown, Ky., and more than 45 outpatient facilities.”

Methodist Hospitals Receives 2017 Get With the Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award

“Methodist Hospitals has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award,” according to Ideas in Motion Media. “The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment and success in ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence. Methodist Hospitals is a community-based, not-for-profit health system with two full-service acute care facilities in Gary and Merrillville, Indiana, that has been leading the way to better health for residents of Northwest Indiana for almost 100 years.”

UAMS, Baptist Health Announce Strategic Alliance to Strengthen Healthcare Delivery

“Baptist Health Medical System and the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, two of Arkansas’ largest healthcare organizations, announced Tuesday (Aug. 29) a strategic alliance to expand the hospital groups’ educational opportunities and deliver clinical care more efficiently,” reports KATV ABC 7 News.  “Stressing that the alliance is not a merger, the Baptist Health and UAMS news comes as hospitals across the U.S. are increasing such partnerships to lower rising healthcare costs and improve delivery of care in local communities. In the past, UAMS and Baptist Health have worked together seek to build on multiple joint initiatives that include physical medicine and rehabilitation (early 1980s), vascular surgery (2013), maternal-fetal medicine (2017), and antimicrobial stewardship (2017), as well as emergency medicine and orthopaedics at Baptist Health Medical Center-Conway (2017).”

Presence, AMITA Health Systems Agree to Merge

“Presence Health, which has hospitals in Elgin, Aurora and Des Plaines, has entered into a deal to become part of Arlington Heights-based AMITA Health and create the largest health system in the state,” according to the Daily Herald. “Though there remain some details to work out, both companies believe the deal should be completed by the end of the year. The agreement would add Presence’s hospitals, including Presence Holy Family in Des Plaines, Presence Mercy in Aurora, Presence St. Joseph in Elgin, Presence Saint Francis in Evanston and Presence St. Joseph in Joliet, to a network that already includes Alexian Brothers Health Systems and Adventist Midwest Health.”

Saint Agnes Ranked in Healthgrades Top 10 Percent for Women’s Health Care

“Saint Agnes Medical Center has earned praise from Healthgrades and Blue Shield and Blue Cross companies for successful outcomes of common gynecologic procedures, and for the quality of care provided to women during and after childbirth,” The Business Journal reports. “Healthgrades, a national organization that evaluates thousands of hospitals nationwide, named Saint Agnes among the top 10 percent of hospitals evaluated for labor and delivery, obstetrics and gynecology, and gynecologic surgery. The medical center has also received Healthgrades 5-Star awards for vaginal delivery, C-Section delivery, gynecologic surgery, hysterectomy and GYN surgery. In addition, Saint Agnes has been named a Blue Distinction Center+ for maternity care.”

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