LAKE FOREST, Ill.-The Rush System for Health is a step closer to landing another acute-care hospital for its growing Chicago-area network after 161-bed Lake Forest Hospital voted earlier this month to begin formal discussions for an affiliation agreement. Lake Forest would become the first hospital from Illinois' Lake County, located north of Chicago, to affiliate with Rush. The move would better prepare it for the healthcare delivery systems of the future, executives said. "We firmly believe that integrated delivery systems are the future for meeting the healthcare needs of our communities," said Leo Henikoff, M.D., chairman and chief executive officer of Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center in Chicago. With more than 2,200 acute-care beds at Cook County facilities, the Rush system already includes Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center; Rush North Shore Medical Center, Skokie, Ill.; Copley Memorial Hospital, Aurora, Ill.; Holy Family Hospital, Des Plaines; Illinois Masonic Medical Center, Chicago; Oak Park (Ill.) Hospital; and Westlake Community Hospital, Melrose Park, Ill. The system also includes the 400,000-enrollee managed-care plans offered by Rush Prudential Health Plans. In 1991, Lake Forest Hospital reported net income of $3.7 million on net revenues of $60.2 million, the latest financial information available from HCIA, a Baltimore-based healthcare research company.
MINNEAPOLIS-United HealthCare Corp. has granted $887,000 in awards to eight organizations to help them fill the unmet healthcare needs of some 20,000 Minnesotans. The grants ranged from a one-year, $7,000 award to a $250,000 award over two years. They're part of the company's Minnesota Partnership Program, which was established in mid-1993. United has designated $2 million to fund the program's first two years of operation. This year's recipients include the Hennepin County Community Health Department, which will receive $160,000 over two years, and Carondelet LifeCare Ministries, which will get $250,000. Other recipients include North Pine Area Hospital, Sandstone, $7,000; United Hospital, St. Paul, $100,000; and West Side Health Center, St. Paul, $120,000.
APPLETON, Wis.-Novus Health Group, a two-hospital system, and three other local hospitals have been chosen by six northeastern Wisconsin businesses to provide care for their 15,000 workers and covered dependents. Jeff Hunter, vice president of Novus, which includes Appleton Medical Center and Theda Clark Regional Medical Center, Neenah, Wis., said the five-year pact includes annual price caps pegged to the rise in the consumer price index. He estimated the contract's value at about $18 million annually. The deal is the third risk-based arrangement Novus has entered recently. The other contracts cover some 7,000 area residents, he said. The other Wisconsin hospitals involved in the agreement with the business group, which calls itself the Business Health Care Alliance, include Shawano Community Hospital, Riverside Medical Center in Waupaca, and New London Family Medical Center.