ENGLEWOOD, N.J.-Englewood Hospital, in collaboration with Tokyo-based Noguchi Medical Research Institute, has opened a new $2 million outpatient center based on the Japanese model of providing basic healthcare services. With some 20,000 Japanese living and working in New Jersey and New York and more than 400 Japanese businesses located in the region, Englewood anticipates 2,500 patient visits in a year. The 7,000-square-foot center, known as a "ningen dock" in Japan, provides a variety of diagnostic and preventive services, including gastrointestinal screenings for stomach and colon cancer, for which there is a high incidence among the Japanese. The ningen dock also will serve as a training site for physicians.
PRINCETON, N.J.-New Jersey hospitals are seeking strategies to reduce their above-average Medicare length of stay and cost per day. The Medicare Efficiency Task Force of the New Jersey Hospital Association's Council on Finance is considering several initiatives, such as licensing hospitals to deliver subacute care and designing "critical pathways" to streamline pre-admission and discharge planning procedures. In New Jersey, Medicare patients are in the hospital an average of 10.7 days, compared with the national average of nine days. Medicare inpatient costs per discharge-at $5,162-are the fifth-highest in the country.
NEW HAVEN, Conn.-The Hospital of Saint Raphael has opened a new $22 million cancer center. The Father Michael J. McGivney Center for Cancer Care provides radiation therapy, chemotherapy, social services, nutritional guidance and pastoral care, and houses $4.8 million in new equipment for cancer diagnosis and treatment. It was designed by Glastonbury-based Stecker LaBau Arneill McManus Architects and built by A. Prete & Son Construction Co. of New Haven. Some $9.5 million of the cost was supported through donations. The center is expected to handle more than 25,000 patient visits a year.