BEVERLY, Mass.-Two coastal hospitals north of Boston have signed an agreement to create a parent holding company that eventually will coordinate their medical services, programs and technologies. The holding company won't be formally created until April at the earliest, said Robert Fanning Jr., president of Beverly Hospital. The other facility is Addison Gilbert Hospital in Gloucester. Beverly originally sought to affiliate with North Shore Medical Center in Salem, Mass., but when those negotiations fell through last August, an agreement was struck three months later with Addison Gilbert to explore an affiliation (Nov. 29, 1993, p. 12).
BRIDGEPORT, Conn.-St. Vincent's Medical Center said it's the only U.S. hospital and one of three worldwide selected to participate in the second round of testing of a procedure used in conjunction with cardiac catheterization and angioplasty. The procedure, called Vasoseal, uses a bovine collagen product to plug the entry site in the body where a sheath used to clear the arteries is inserted. The six-month trial began Feb. 21 and will include 160 St. Vincent's patients. Last year, St. Vincent's performed 2,500 cardiac catheterization and angioplasty procedures.
NEW YORK-The family of Bertha Hirschel, one of three patients who died in a fire Sept. 1, 1993, at Maimonides Medical Center, filed a $5 million lawsuit against the hospital last week. The family accused the hospital of negligence, based on findings in a New York state Health Department report that cited deficiencies in Maimonides' fire-safety practices and equipment maintenance program. Ms. Hirschel was connected to a ventilator that, according to family members, had generated electrical shocks. In a statement issued earlier this year, Puritan-Bennett Corp., the ventilator's manufacturer, said the ventilator most likely was not the cause of the fire. A Maimonides spokesman said the hospital has no record of any complaints by the family about electrical shocks. He said there's no connection between the shocks and the fire. Furthermore, Maimonides rejected the Health Department's findings in a written response last December. The civil suit was filed in state Supreme Court in Brooklyn.
NEWARK, N.J.-Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and West Hudson Hospital in Kearny have agreed to affiliate. The hospitals plan to reduce acquisition costs for supplies and equipment, participate in joint professional education programs and expand inpatient and outpatient programs and services. No estimate of potential savings was given. West Hudson is a 214-bed community hospital. Newark Beth Israel is 548-bed teaching hospital affiliated with the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.