ST. CLOUD, Minn.-Rural healthcare will benefit from a new family practice residency program announced by 369-bed St. Cloud Hospital and the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine, executives at the hospital and the Mayo announced. "This will give family practice residents the firsthand experience of practicing in greater Minnesota and will encourage them to develop medical careers here," said John Frobenius, president of St. Cloud Hospital. Beginning in 1996, the St. Cloud Hospital/Mayo Family Practice Residency Program will train medical school graduates interested in rural practice for a three-year residency program. Four residents will be accepted each year, so that a dozen residents will be in training by July 1998. St. Cloud Hospital, the primary training site, and the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine will work to define the program's curriculum and academic requirements. "We recognize and appreciate the national mandate to train more primary-care physicians who want to practice in smaller cities and rural areas," said Alan Hoffman, M.D., associate dean of the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine. "We're excited about the opportunity to work with St. Cloud Hospital. We look forward to training physicians who will likely end up choosing to practice family medicine in St. Cloud or the surrounding area."
CHICAGO-Healthcare reform could have an adverse effect on Chicago's economy, a national consulting firm's study said. The study, conducted by Coopers & Lybrand and commissioned by the Metropolitan Chicago Healthcare Council, reported that Chicago-area hospitals generate $28.2 billion in economic activity annually, contributing $10.4 billion in personal income. The MCHC is concerned that if the Clinton administration's proposed Medicare cuts are imposed, healthcare jobs could be lost. "For every 100 jobs produced by the hospital sector, an additional 178 jobs are created in other fields," said MCHC president Earl Bird. "However, this creates a Catch-22. If hospitals are forced to downsize as a result of health reform, it's important to consider that the impact of each lost position will be felt nearly twofold in other sectors of the economy." The report also said that Medicare cuts would tamper with a formula that shows each $1 million in services generated by Chicago hospitals generates $2.2 million in activity in the local economy. "People can go without certain products and services when the economy is slow, but healthcare isn't one of them," Mr. Bird said. Chicago-area hospitals play a critical role in the regional economy, accounting for 12% of the gross regional product and 12% of the total employment, the study said.