FORT SMITH, Ark.-Community leaders here, led by the Fort Smith Chamber of Commerce, are trying to create an alliance to contract with local providers. They planned to select a board of directors and establish bylaws for the alliance by late last month. It's tentatively named the Fort Smith Health Alliance. Meanwhile, local hospitals are considering the development of integrated organizations. For example, 475-bed Sparks Regional Medical Center last month hired lawyers to explore a physician-hospital organization with Holt-Krock Clinic, a group practice with 135 physicians, a Sparks executive said.
DENVER-Denver General Hospital has signed a contract to provide trauma care to Ethix Sloans Lake policyholders who are injured in automobile accidents. ESL provides almost all of Colorado's no-fault automobile insurance. Over the past two years, it has set up a network of 40 trauma centers to handle accidents throughout the state. At 348-bed Denver General, about 60% of trauma admissions
are from automobile accidents. The contract is expected to bring in an additional $4 million in revenues each year.
DALLAS-Jacob "Jock" Spies has been named president of the Health Industry Council of the Dallas-Forth Worth Region. He succeeds Donald Arnwine, who helped found the group three years ago. Mr. Arnwine said he's returning to full-time consulting. Mr. Spies is a principal in the Dallas office of the Furst Group, an executive search firm. The council comprises about 100 businesses, institutions and organizations that work to support the growth of the area's healthcare industry.
AUSTIN, Texas-Another top city official has quit in the wake of financial problems at Brackenridge Hospital. Byron Marshall, first assistant city manager, whose responsibilities included the city-owned hospital, said he will leave Austin city government on May 6. He has been hired as chief operating officer of the city of Atlanta. Mr. Marshall's move follows the resignations of the city manager two months ago and the hospital's administrator, Deborah Lee-Eddie, earlier this month (April 11, p. 22). Mr. Marshall said his resignation was unrelated to the financial and management woes at the 380-bed hospital.