DENVER-The Rose Foundation has awarded $50,000 to the Rocky Mountain Heart Consortium to test whether comparative information on practitioners improves outcomes. The 2-year-old consortium is an alliance of 15 Colorado hospitals exploring the devel-opment of a regional cardiac-care system. The consortium's study, Colorado Cooperates in Cardiovascular Care, will test whether clinicians change their practices to produce better and more cost-effective care when they know how they compare with other clinicians.
HOUSTON-Former President George Bush has agreed to join the board of the Texas Medical Center, a 657-acre complex of 40 not-for-profit healthcare institutions. Mr. Bush lives in Houston, returning to the city after losing his re-election bid in 1992. Both the president and his wife, Barbara, have been volunteers with the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, one of the hospitals located in the Texas Medical Center. They recently were elected life members of the hospital's community outreach board.
DALLAS-Kaiser Permanente is spending $21 million to purchase and develop a four-building office complex in northern Dallas. The Kaiser Permanente Dallas Specialty Center will have space for 64 specialists and six urgent-care providers when it opens in late 1994. Primary-care services will continue to be provided at another Kaiser location in northern Dallas. In northern Texas, Kaiser has 128,000 enrollees. Kaiser also recently completed construction of a 16,000-square-foot office building in Mesquite, Texas, a Dallas suburb, and a 15,000-square-foot building in Arlington, Texas, a Fort Worth suburb. New offices are under way in Plano and Hurst, two other Dallas/Fort Worth suburbs.
DALLAS-Medical City Dallas Hospital, a Columbia Healthcare Corp. facility, has bought a 50% interest in Park Central Surgical Center, a Medical Care America surgery center, located near the hospital. Terms weren't disclosed. The joint venture is the first of several the two companies intend to develop in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, executives said. Louisville, Ky.-based Columbia and Dallas-based Medical Care signed an affiliation agreement last October.