PHOENIX, Ariz.-Job cuts continued at Samaritan Health System as executives announced the elimination of 138 middle-management and administrative positions, resulting in the layoffs of 128 employees. The layoffs are part of a restructuring program that Samaritan executives say will save the healthcare system $7.5 million. Last month, Samaritan laid off 21 employees at Samaritan AirEvac, the system's emergency air medical transportation service, and 10 employees at its poison control center (Feb. 7, p. 46). In November, 30 administrative employees at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center lost their jobs (Dec. 13, 1993, p. 28). In all, 199 of Samaritan's 11,770 corporate employees have been laid off at the state's largest healthcare system since the restructuring began, a Samaritan spokeswoman said.
SALT LAKE CITY-Joseph R. Horton was named administrator and chief executive officer of Primary Children's Medical Center. Mr. Horton previously was associate administrator and chief operating officer at the hospital. He replaces outgoing administrator Don Poulter, who moved into an administrative position at Intermountain Health Care, the Salt Lake City-based healthcare system that owns the hospital.
PHOENIX-Integrated Medical Systems, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Arizona and PCS Health System have donated nearly $400,000 in computer equipment, software and expertise to Maricopa Medical Center as part of a state-sponsored program to improve services within Arizona hospitals, executives said. The donated equipment will electronically link the hospital's pediatric emergency department, the pediatric comprehensive-care center, three pediatric primary-care clinics and the neonatal intensive-care unit. The links will help improve pediatric healthcare services by speeding up the circulation of medical information and reports and reducing paperwork, Maricopa executives said. The electronic network is part of a statewide networking effort, called Arizona MedCom, that includes 15 healthcare institutions and more than 600 physicians.