Tennessee's attorney general last week said he would not challenge the sale of Nashville Memorial Hospital to HealthTrust-The Hospital Co. Nashville-based HealthTrust has agreed to buy the not-for-profit hospital, in Madison, Tenn., by creating a $108 million foundation, which would include proceeds from the sale and other assets. The attorney general was required to review the sale because the hospital is a tax-exempt organization. A lawsuit filed by Madison's other not-for-profit hospital, Tennessee Christian Medical Center, that challenged the sale was dismissed earlier this month. The attorney general said he concluded HealthTrust's offer was in the best interests of the hospital.
St. Mary's Hospital in West Palm Beach, Fla., signed a letter of intent last week to enter into collaboration discussions with 274-bed Good Samaritan Medical Center, also of West Palm Beach. The two hospitals expect to make a decision on a merger or loose affiliation within 90 days, said Don Chester, a spokesman for 430-bed St. Mary's. Mr. Chester said a consultant will be hired to ascertain the amount and type of community benefits expected from the potential partnership. The proposed deal comes six months after 369-bed JFK Medical Center in Atlantis, Fla., and St. Mary's Hospital broke off merger discussions. St. Mary's is sponsored by four-hospital Allegany Health System, Tampa, Fla. (Aug. 23, 1993, p. 20). Mr. Chester said the timing wasn't right for a JFK-St. Mary's combination.
Calexico (Calif.) Hospital trustees have voted 4-1 to fire top administrator Robert Trautman, who was brought in to try to keep the struggling hospital afloat. Mr. Trautman, hired in November 1992, headed the 35-bed hospital during one of the most difficult periods in its 43-year history, as administrators argued how to keep it running and state regulators threatened to close it. Mr. Trautman said things began to unravel after he tried to get rid of longtime employees who he believed were hurting the hospital's operations (March 14, p. 18). But trustee Robert Noble said other factors were involved, including complaints by three physicians that Mr. Trautman has been unavailable to them. Mr. Trautman's successor is Randy Smith, who heads the hospital's finance department. He will act as both administrator and comptroller during a six-month trial period.-Associated Press
The state of Ohio has asked the federal government for permission to set up a state-financed managed-care program that would eventually provide healthcare to as many as 2.6 million indigent and uninsured residents. The new program, called OhioCare, would be aimed primarily at providing healthcare to 1.2 million of Ohio's 11 million residents who are without coverage through either Medicare or Medicaid. Another 1.4 million Ohioans who are covered by Medicaid would be shifted from fee-for-service to managed care during a five-year phase-in. Ohio expects to spend $7.5 billion on all forms of medical assistance during the first year of the new program, which would begin operating on a statewide basis on July 1, 1995. Of that amount, $517 million would be charged to OhioCare.
Main Line Health System has awarded a three-year, $60 million contract to Baxter International. Under the pact, Deerfield, Ill.-based Baxter will distribute medical-surgical supplies to Main Line's four member hospitals and six of its affiliates. As part of the agreement, the hospitals will purchase at least 75% of their medical-surgical supplies through Baxter. Radnor, Pa.-based Main Line's four hospitals have 1,048 beds. It has purchasing affiliations with eight area hospitals.
A veteran of more than a decade of nursing administration experience was appointed last week as executive director of the American Organization of Nurse Executives, an American Hospital Association subsidiary. Marjorie Beyers, a registered nurse, will begin her duties effective June 1. Ms. Beyers worked in administration for the last 10 years at Mercy Health Services in Farmington Hills, Mich., where she has been the associate vice president of nursing and allied health services for the last six years. Ms. Beyers will replace Carol Boston, who left the post seven months ago to become a senior consultant at Hay Associates in Chicago. Ms. Beyers' duties for the nurse executive and nurse manager association will include directing the organization's advocacy, policy and research efforts.