DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.-Ramsay Health Care, a New Orleans-based chain of 17 psychiatric hospitals, has signed a letter of intent to sell 50-bed Atlantic Shores Hospital here to Halifax Medical Center, also in Daytona Beach. Terms were not disclosed. The deal is expected to be completed this month.
ATLANTA-Thomas L. Robertson, president of Carilion Health System, Roanoke, Va., has been elected to a one-year term as chairman of SunHealth Alliance. At SunHealth's winter meeting late last month in Atlanta, hospital partners also elected L. Barney Johnson, president of Harbor Hospital Center, Baltimore, vice chairman; John D. Henry, administrator of Crawford Long Hospital of Emory University, Atlanta, secretary; and Edgar D. Vaughn, president of Baptist Healthcare System, Louisville, Ky., treasurer. SunHealth represents 273 hospitals with 70,000 beds in 15 Southern states. In other news, SunHealth has created the Physician Practice Management Institute. The institute will include services to help hospitals with education, practice management, recruiting, improving medical staff effectiveness, quality and utilization of clinical services. J. Edward McEachern, M.D., has been appointed as the institute's executive director, and Lewis Mantel, M.D., will serve as deputy director and chief operating officer. Physician practices affiliated with SunHealth hospitals also will be eligible to participate in the alliance's various group purchasing and preferred vendor agreements.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla.-With the recent opening of 220,000-square-foot Wolfson Children's Hospital on the campus of 502-bed Baptist Medical Center here, Baptist has become the world's largest hospital with on-site, co-generated energy. The Baptist Energy Complex, which has been in operation since 1981, provides the 16-acre medical center complex with electricity, hot water and air conditioning. The co-generation facility saves Baptist about $1.5 million a year, with between $144,000 and $180,000 in excess electricity sold each year to Jacksonville Electric Authority, said Paul Singletary, Baptist's director of plant facilities.