MOUNT CLEMENS, Mich.-A new $25.7 million addition to 264-bed Mount Clemens General Hospital was announced earlier this month. Of the nearly 145,000 square feet of new construction on the hospital's main campus, most of the space will be devoted to a 14-bed intensive-care unit and a birthing center. "We started out as an obstetrics hospital 50 years ago, so it's nice that this expansion is bringing us into a new age," said Doug Czajkowski, director of public relations at the hospital. The new four-story building will be connected to the hospital, which is located about 30 miles north of Detroit. Construction should be completed by summer of 1995.
LINCOLN, Neb.-Citing changes in the healthcare industry, the Nebraska Hospital Association has changed its name to the Nebraska Association of Hospitals and Health Systems. The new association also will be more inclusive, allowing other healthcare organizations into membership. "We wanted to more accurately reflect our association's constituency and today's healthcare environment," said Harlan Heald, president of the 94-hospital member association. Until the association's board approved the change March 5, the association's membership had been restricted to hospitals since the group was established in 1951.
MINNEAPOLIS-Medicare recipients said they were as satisfied with care delivered by health maintenance organizations as they were with fee-for-service medicine, according to the results of a University of
Minnesota study, which appeared in the March 15 issue of the Annals of
Internal Medicine. The study found that the elderly HMO enrollees were just as healthy as those receiving fee-for-service care. Researchers followed the progress of 800 Medicare-eligible recipients in Hennepin County for a year.
"The outcomes were comparable at a year, including the number of deaths (20 among HMO enrollees and 24 among fee-for-service patients)," said Nicole Lurie, M.D., one of the study's authors. Any long-term differences, such as whether preventive measures are more effective in the HMO or fee-for-service systems, probably won't show up for 10 years, Dr. Lurie said.