FORT WORTH, Texas-The Federal Bureau of Prisons intends to spend $52 million to convert the shuttered 140-bed hospital at Carswell Air Force Base into a medical center for women in the federal prison system. The prison hospital complex, which will include the hospital, a prison camp and a low-security building, is expected to have capacity for 1,000 female federal prisoners. The Air Force base was closed last year and is being turned over to the Marine and Naval Reserves.
HOUSTON-The Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word Health Care System has formed the Southeast Texas Integrated Community Health Network. The network will include primary-care centers, outpatient surgical facilities and hospitals that can contract with payers in southeastern Texas. Initially, five of the system's 11 hospitals will be included in the network. They are St. Joseph Hospital, Houston; St. John Hospital, Nassau Bay; St. Mary Hospital, Galveston; St. Elizabeth Hospital, Beaumont; and St. Mary Hospital, Port Arthur. In the Houston area, 15 to 20 neighborhood health centers will be opened, said Raymond Khoury, administrator of St. Joseph Hospital. The first opened in December and a second center is set to open this month.
ROSWELL, N.M.-Eastern New Mexico Medical Center has opened a $3.5 million cancer center. The 14,000-square-foot facility includes treatment rooms for medical oncology, radiation therapy and chemotherapy patients. It also includes conference and meeting rooms.
ST. LOUIS-St. Louis University has closed the 12-bed inpatient unit at its Anheuser-Busch Eye Institute because the specialty has moved rapidly to outpatient care. The eye institute opened in July 1993 after a $24 million renovation. Average inpatient occupancy never rose past one patient, said James R. Kimmey, M.D., vice president for health sciences and chief executive of the St. Louis University Health Sciences Center, its parent organization. Inpatient ophthalmology services now will be provided at 316-bed St. Louis University Hospital a few blocks away. The institute will continue to house other programs, such as outpatient ophthalmology and one-day surgery. The university also plans to move other services into the building. "We had to have things in there that were generating income to support the debt," Dr. Kimmey said.