CHICAGO-Rush University Medical School and Loyola University's Stritch School of Medicine will affiliate this summer with Cook County's two public hospitals. Cook County Hospital and Provident Hospital are in final negotiations with the two schools, and the deal is expected to be signed by July 1, executives said. The deal would be significant because it would be the first formal affiliation the county-owned hospitals have with medical schools. Cook County executives want to affiliate with Rush and Loyola first and sign affiliations for specialist residencies with other medical schools at a later date, county officials said. Residents will benefit at Provident in primary-care areas while students sent to Cook County will gain expertise in AIDS, neonatology, trauma and burns care.
CHICAGO-A $580 million hospital rebuilding project at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago has been approved by the Illinois Health Facilities Planning Board. The new facility, just south of the current main hospital on the city's near north side, will be a 2 million-square-foot building with a 24-story ambulatory-care tower and another 18 stories for inpatient care. "The outpatient facility will pull together the 33 different outpatient sites in a six-block area that we now have into one building," said Dan Parker, spokesman for Northwestern Memorial. Costs of the project include $555 million for actual construction and $25 million for land acquisition, Mr. Parker said. The new facility is scheduled to open in 1999.
DAVENPORT, Iowa-A 17-member board will govern the new Genesis Medical Center when the corporation is officially formed June 1. Final consolidation agreements were signed late last month by board members of 245-bed Mercy Hospital and 217-bed St. Luke's Hospital. The two Davenport hospitals headed off a lengthy U.S. Justice Department investigation and earned a quick clearance of their consolidation earlier this year by holding preliminary meetings with department officials (March 28, p. 18). The new board consists of: a physician and five current or past board members from each of the hospitals; three community residents who never served on either hospital board; Leo Bressanelli, the president and chief executive officer-designate of Genesis Medical Center, and Andrew Berkow, M.D., the president-designate of the Genesis medical staff.