BLUFFTON, Ind.-A unique government-hospital outreach project is expected to bring primary care to a six-county rural region around Bluffton. The 142-bed Caylor-Nickel Medical Center and Community & Family Services, which administers the federally funded local Women, Infants and Children program, will run the program through a mobile services van. The hospital's Caylor-Nickel Foundation bought the 32-foot-long van, known as Healthquest, for $150,000. It includes an examination room, a computer system for gathering data from the field and audio-visual equipment for showing health education programs in rural areas. "Surprisingly little information exists about the healthcare needs of the rural population in Indiana and the country in general, so this research is vital to increasing our understanding of what's going on," said Greg Schnepf, director of medical research and education for the hospital.
ROCHESTER, Minn.-The Mayo Clinic said it has received a $500,000 grant from John Deere Health Care to further develop Mayo's disease management strategies, which are medical guidelines used to care for enrollees of the John Deere Family Healthplan, a staff-model HMO in Moline, Ill. So far, guidelines for six diseases have been developed: asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, breast cancer, ischemic heart disease, lower back pain, biliary tract disease, and depression. Four more medical guidelines are expected during the next 12 months, Mayo said. Mayo also uses the guidelines at its family practice clinics in Kasson and Kenyon, Minn.
CHICAGO-Three Chicago hospitals-610-bed University of Chicago Hospitals, 396-bed Resurrection Medical Center and 227-bed Our Lady of the Resurrection Medical Center-have joined Oak Brook, Ill.-based HFN, an alliance that includes more than 70 hospitals in the Midwest. "Our job is to drive business to the hospitals in the alliance and their physicians by creating a partnership between the purchasers and the providers of healthcare services," said David Kolb, president and chief executive officer of HFN. HFN's services include an occupational health program that serves more than 1.6 million employees in the Chicago area and a designated provider arrangement that covers more than 250,000 employees.