CHICAGO-More than 70 Chicago-area hospitals have joined a Chicago healthcare information network, the Metropolitan Chicago Healthcare Council has reported. The formation of the network was announced last year in an effort that is expected to knock down healthcare providers' competitive walls and save money (Nov. 15, 1993, p. 72). Architects of the project hope the network will electronically link providers for the immediate exchange of payment and clinical information by early 1995. The network could reduce the estimated 25% of total healthcare spending used for administrative costs, the MCHC said.
HINSDALE, Ill.-Another top executive in the Hinsdale Health System has resigned, apparently as a result of an internal struggle over the future affiliation of the system's flagship hospital. Charles Snyder, president of Hinsdale Health System, said last week he will resign May 1 to pursue other options. Mr. Snyder's departure comes one month after Ken Bauer, president of 436-bed Hinsdale Hospital, resigned (Feb. 14, p. 50). Mr. Snyder couldn't be reached for comment. Robert Carter, president of the Lake Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, which owns the health system, wouldn't comment on Mr. Snyder's decision, but he said Hinsdale Hospital has been given the authority to affiliate with a "major" Chicago network once a new top executive is named at the suburban Chicago hospital. Hinsdale Health System also includes 122-bed Glen-oaks Medical Center in Glendale Heights, Ill., and 30-bed Chippewa Valley Hospital in Durand, Wis.
LANSING, Mich.-Rural health networks in Michigan have been given a boost by a $1.5 million grant project launched by the Michigan Public Health Institute, the Michigan Hospital Association and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation of Battle Creek. The effort, known as the Rural Health Project, allows rural communities and healthcare providers to apply for the awards of about $120,000 per year. Five communities will be awarded grants by the summer of 1994. "The project is unique because it will require community leaders, healthcare providers, business leaders and others to apply for grant funds as a team and collaborate to carry out the activities," said MHA President Spencer Johnson.