WAXAHACHIE, Texas-Baylor Medical Center and Baylor Medical Center at Ennis (Texas) will merge their operations into a countywide hospital organization, 73-bed Baylor Medical Center Ellis County. Baylor has operated hospitals in Waxahachie and Ennis for about 10 years, and, after recent discussions in the community, decided to merge their operations. The two towns are about 15 miles apart. Baylor Medical Center Ellis County will continue to operate hospitals in both cities. However, the hospitals will have a 43-member medical staff, with physicians enjoying privileges at both hospitals. Combining the medical staffs will help the hospitals recruit physicians, executives said.
DALLAS-Seven hospitals in northern Texas have formed the Heart Network of Texas, saying they hope to cut costs and coordinate cardiac-care services. The hospitals are Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas; Harris Methodist in Fort Worth; Texoma Medical Center, Denison; Wadley Regional Medical Center, Texarkana; Mother Frances Hospital, Tyler; Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center, Waco; and Hendrick Medical Center, Abilene. However, executives said more hospitals will be added throughout the state. Participating hospitals intend to pool training resources, combine group purchasing contracts and share information on treatment and medication.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark.-The fourth HMO in the state, Healthsource Arkansas, has begun operations. The HMO, part of Concord, N.H.-based Healthsource, expects to operate statewide by the end of 1994. It now operates in an eight-county region in central Arkansas. An estimate of enrollees in the plan wasn't available. Executives anticipate that the HMO's 1994 revenues will reach $10 million, a spokeswoman said. In November, Healthsource paid $1 million for a Little Rock, Ark.-based independent third-party claims administrator. The company, Spradley & Coker, serves 60,000 people and has $3 million in annual revenues.
METAIRIE, La.-East Jefferson General Hospital is one of the first in the state to offer a hospital-based domestic violence program. The hospital's program coordinator will train hospital staff to identify suspected abuse victims and link them with available resources. Hospital executives estimate that as many as 35% of the women who visit emergency departments have symptoms related to abuse.