TULSA, Okla.-The Oklahoma Community Healthcare Alliance has opened an office in Oklahoma City and is offering memberships to hospitals in the western part of the state. The alliance includes 27 rural hospitals that work together in educational programs, group purchasing and the formation of preferred provider networks. The group's membership is restricted to rural hospitals, but it has agreements with two urban hospitals to provide management support and other services. Those tertiary-care providers are St. Anthony's Hospital in Oklahoma City and Saint Francis Hospital in Tulsa.
FORT WORTH, Texas- All Saints Episcopal Hospital of Fort Worth has begun work on a $57.8 million expansion and renovation project. It will be financed with debt, operating funds and charitable gifts. A 208,000-square-foot building will be attached to the 307-bed hospital. Some 80% of the additional space will be used for ambulatory-care services. The building will include a day surgery unit and a new emergency department.
SAN ANTONIO, Texas-Horizon Healthcare Corp., Albuquerque, N.M., has opened 30-bed Horizon Specialty Hospital here. This is Horizon's seventh subacute-care hospital. The company also operates six specialty subacute-care units, 16 rehabilitation facilities and 82 long-term-care centers in 18 states.
KANSAS CITY, Mo.-The nation's 18th gamma knife will be operational in June at 480-bed Research Medical Center here. The knife, used for brain surgery, received approval from the Missouri Health Facilities Review Committee late last year. When installed, it will be the only gamma knife in a five-state area. The gamma knife center will perform about 60 procedures this year and about 200 procedures per year by 1996, said Dennis McClatchey, a spokesman for Health Midwest, Research's parent system. The hospital will turn over 80% of the estimated $18,000 charge for a gamma knife procedure to Rockville, Md.-based U.S. NeuroSurgical, a leasing company, Mr. McClatchey said. U.S. NeuroSurgical will spend $3.6 million to buy and install the knife and about $900,000 more to build a facility for it, he said.
DE QUEEN, Ark.-Community Hospital of DeQueen became DeQueen Regional Medical Center earlier this fall. The new name better reflects the 60-bed hospital's five-county service area in southwest Arkansas and northeast Oklahoma, a hospital spokesman said.