PITTSBURGH-Travelers who pass through Pittsburgh International Airport can seek first aid and emergency care right on the spot. University of Pittsburgh Medical Center recently opened a $600,000 health clinic with 3,000 square feet of space at the airport, giving the academic health center an opportunity to serve the thousands who work in and around the airport. From 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily, travelers, visitors and airport employees can have their medical needs met or obtain information on health topics. University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, the region's largest employer, includes Presbyterian University Hospital, Montefiore University Hospital, Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, Falk Clinic, the Eye & Ear Institute and the schools of health sciences.
PHILADELPHIA-Graduate Health System Parkview Hospital reopened last week after cold weather caused a water pipe to rupture, flooding the hospital's basement. The Jan. 20 incident forced the evacuation of the hospital's patients to 16 area hospitals. However, the hospital's dialysis unit and obstetrics and gynecological clinic remained opened. Executives said the water damage caused the loss of power and heat and severely damaged electric and communications circuits. There was no immediate estimate of the cost of repairs.
HARRISBURG, Pa.-James C. Vreeland, chief executive officer of Memorial Hospital of Bedford County in Everett, Pa., is the 1994 chairman of the Hospital Association of Pennsylvania. HAP represents 255 hospitals statewide.
TROY, N.Y.-Two hospitals in this three-hospital market have signed a letter of intent to merge. Executives at 143-bed Leonard Hospital and 201-bed St. Mary's Hospital agreed to create a new organization that will seek to use resources more efficiently and expand services. Edward G. Murphy, M.D., Leonard's president and chief executive officer, will head the merged system, which will become part of the Daughters of Charity National Health System. Patrick J. Madden, who has served as president and CEO of St. Mary's on an interim basis, will return full time to his other job as president of St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester, N.Y. Dr. Murphy said negotiations for a possible affiliation with Samaritan Hospital, Troy's other acute-care facility, continue. The merger must be approved by the New York State Health Department and the state Public Health Council. It also may be subjected to federal antitrust review.