DENVER-The 1,074-bed hospital system, HealthOne, and 50-bed Bethesda PsycHealth System expect to complete a merger in late spring. The merger, which had been agreed to last year, still requires regulatory approval. Bethesda has a longstanding affiliation with Swedish Medical Center, one of three hospitals in HealthOne. The system was formed as P/SL Swedish Healthcare System in August 1993 and renamed HealthOne in December. Last month, the system selected William Kent, its vice president of behavioral services, to be Bethesda's new administrator.
LAKEWOOD, Colo.-Sage Health Services has acquired Bethany Care Center, a 128-bed long-term-care facility in Lakewood. The facility's been renamed Bethany Healthplex. Terms of the transaction weren't disclosed. Sage, based in Evansville, Ind., once managed Bethany and 29 other long-term-care facilities for MeritWest, a Pittsburgh-based venture capital company. In January, MeritWest divested its facilities; 17 were bought by Community Care of America, Owings Mills, Md., a new company formed last year by the subacute-care provider Integrated Health Services. Bethany now is the only facility that Sage operates, but it plans to buy a dozen more facilities this year, said Joan Dugan, its president.
SHREVEPORT, La.-Health Advantage, a hospital-owned preferred provider organization started by Schumpert Medical Center here, has expanded its 6-year-old provider network to include Highland Hospital and Highland Clinic, both in Shreveport, and Community Health Network, an HMO with 67,000 enrollees in the state. Health Advantage, which has 25,000 members, is managed by Premier Health Benefits, a subsidiary of Premier Health Alliance, Westchester, Ill. The network also includes DeSoto General Hospital in Mansfield, La.
HOUSTON-Jim Mattox, a Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate, is calling the March 8 primary a "referendum" on President Clinton's proposed health plan. Mr. Mattox, a former state attorney general, said he's the only Senate candidate who supports Mr. Clinton's plan to provide universal coverage. Mr. Mattox is running for the seat now occupied by Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, a Republican. Mr. Mattox faces Rep. Mike Andrews (D-Houston) and Dallas investor Richard Fisher in the primary race. Ms. Hutchison, who led the list of healthcare campaign fund recipients in 1993, faces only token Republican opposition. She received $377,069 from health and insurance industries to finance her campaign.