LAKEFIELD, Minn.-The nine-bed Lakefield Municipal Hospital closed as an acute-care facility last week in an effort to de-emphasize expensive inpatient care in the rural area. The hospital said will start a joint healthcare clinic with Jackson (Minn.) Municipal Hospital, located 13 miles away. "Lakefield is taking the approach that it will realign itself to the appropriate level of responsibility," Lakefield interim administrator Michael Hedrix said in a statement. "It's not throwing in the towel." Lakefield Municipal is the 25th Minnesota hospital since 1980 to cease its acute-care operations, according to figures from the American Hospital Association.
CHICAGO-Columbia/HCA Healthcare Corp. has completed some executive promotions in its Chicago market. Nancy Carlstedt was named last month as president and chief executive officer of 652-bed Michael Reese Hospital and Medical Center in Chicago. Ms. Carlstedt replaces Samuel Holtzman, who earlier this year became president of Columbia's Chicago market (Feb. 7, p. 30). Ms. Carlstedt joined Michael Reese as vice president and chief operating officer last September after a seven-year stint at the same position at Columbia-owned Medical City Dallas Hospital.
ROCHESTER, Minn.-Mayo Foundation for Medical Research, a corporate affiliate of the Rochester-based Mayo Clinic, has purchased Gold Cross Ambulance Service. Mayo executives said they wouldn't disclose terms of the deal, which they termed confidential. The ambulance company, which serves a market in Minnesota with 250,000 residents, will become a wholly owned subsidiary of Mayo. Gold Cross executives said the Mayo venture will be beneficial to their company. "Mayo's purchasing power will be especially helpful as Gold Cross works to control costs," said Gold Cross President John Perkins. "Rather than buying a relatively small quantity of medical supplies from our suppliers, orders can be combined and equipment and supplies acquired at lower costs." Gold Cross serves Rochester, Duluth, Mankato and Owatonna. The company's 105 employees care for and transport about 30,000 patients a year. The sale is expected to be completed in May after approval by the Mayo Foundation's trustees and Gold Cross shareholders.
DETROIT-Detroit-based Metro Medical Group has broken ground on a $30 million integrated medical center, supermarket and retail complex. Metro Medical Group, a division of Health Alliance Plan and an affiliate of Henry Ford Health System, is opening the 185,000-square-foot center in conjunction with Farmer Jack Supermarkets. "We're developing the whole campus, and the supermarket and retail businesses will rent from us," said David Brooks, Metro Medical Group's chief administrative officer. Farmer Jack will open a new 58,000-square-foot "Farmer Jack Superstore" at the site. The not-for-profit Metro Medical Group is financing the complex with available cash, Mr. Brooks said. Metro will employ 40 salaried physicians at the center.