SPRINGFIELD, Mass.-The president and chief executive officer of Sisters of Providence Health System here has announced his resignation effective July 1. Richard A. Hayden, 54, said he would return to the healthcare consulting he did before becoming the system's CEO in September 1989. He has presided over a consolidation of acute care in the Springfield area and efforts to position the system as an integrated healthcare network. The system's two hospitals, 276-bed Mercy Hospital in Springfield and 185-bed Providence Hospital in Holyoke, Mass., merged administrative operations under one CEO in November 1993, and in March the system cut 200 positions, most of them at Mercy. In February, an affiliation agreement was reached with 257-bed Holyoke (Mass.) Hospital. A successor to Mr. Hayden has not been named.
MANCHESTER, Conn.-Manchester Memorial Hospital and Rockville (Conn.) General Hospital have created a joint steering committee to explore ways in which the two organizations might work together. The committee, which represents members of each hospital's board of trustees, medical staff and management, will make recommendations this fall. McManis Associates, the Washington-based management consulting firm, is helping the hospitals examine joint projects and initiatives.
BETHLEHEM, Pa.-The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education has approved the surgical residency program of St. Luke's Hospital. It's one of just three general surgery programs to be approved in the past 21/2 years, said James R. Weinlader, head of the ACGME's department of residency-review committee activities. By comparison, the council approved more than 30 family practice and 20 emergency medicine programs in 1992 and 1993, he said. Beginning in the summer of 1995, 436-bed St. Luke's will accept two surgical residents each year. Residents will complete a pediatric surgery rotation at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children and a trauma rotation at Temple University Hospital, both in Philadelphia. Later this year, St. Luke's expects to complete construction on a $5.8 million pavilion that will provide classroom space for all its residency and nursing students and community education programs.