SEATTLE-Northwest Hospital in Seattle has opened a 17-bed Geropsychiatric Center for people 60 and older who are suffering from dementia, depression and various anxiety and delusional disorders. The center provides 24-hour mental health services and therapy programs for individuals, families and groups. Martin Johnson, M.D., is the center's medical director and chief of Northwest's psychiatry department. Executives at the 238-bed hospital said the specialty program was created because the problems of elderly psychiatric patients often are depression-based and don't require the same type of treatment given to patients who are younger than 40.
SACRAMENTO, Calif.-Executives at Sutter Health said they have cre ated a "system of integrated regional systems" within its healthcare system as part of a plan to form an integrated healthcare organization. Patrick G. Hays, Sutter's president and chief ex ecutive officer, said the provider net work will be divided into three regions, each composed of hospitals, physician group practices and other healthcare services, and supervised by a chief operating officer/senior vice president. Gary W. Susnara, formerly senior vice president for Health Systems Management, will head Sutter Bay Area; Van R. Johnson, president and CEO of Sutter Community Hospitals, will lead Sutter Central Area in addition to his hospital duties; and Kent B. Sherwood, formerly senior vice president for Sutter Health Pacific, becomes a senior vice president in charge of Sutter Health Pacific Area. Sutter operates 11 hospitals in California.
FREMONT, Calif.-Richard M. Warren, longtime chief executive officer and administrator of Washington Hospital Healthcare System, has announced plans to step down from the top spot later this year. Mr. Warren has been the chief administrator at the San Francisco Bay-area hospital and healthcare system since 1969. His career as a healthcare executive includes a presidential appointment in the mid-1960s as director of the Lyndon Baines Johnson Medical Center in American Samoa and assistant administrator of King County (Wash.) Hospital in Seattle. During his tenure at Washington Hospital, the healthcare system has grown to include a 308-bed hospital, three urgent-care clinics and various outpatient healthcare services. Mr. Warren plans to retire in August.