NEW HAVEN, Conn.-Renovations are under way on a "lead safe" home that will serve as temporary housing for as many as four families with children who are being treated for lead poisoning. The project is a cooperative venture involving Yale-New Haven Hospital's pediatrics department, the Yale University School of Medicine, the city's housing and health departments, and HOME, a New Haven-based not-for-profit housing and development organization. A state grant of nearly $300,000 is funding renovations; furnishings and services are being donated. In addition, Yale-New Haven Hospital will provide as much as $30,000 toward renovation of administrative and program space donated by the university. The hospital's lead clinic has treated 150 children since opening in September 1991.
STAMFORD, Conn.-St. Joseph Medical Center, a 180-bed acute-care hospital here, will be managed by 391-bed St. Vincent's Medical Center in Bridgeport, Conn., under a three-year agreement endorsed by both hospitals' boards last month. Effective June 30, Sister Daniel Marie McCabe, St. Joseph's president and chief executive officer, will retire after 31 years of serving the hospital. She will become president emeritus and serve as adviser to the new management. William Riordan, St. Vincent's president and CEO, will assume the same post at St. Joseph. John Evans, senior vice president for St. Vincent's Health Services, will become executive vice president and chief operating officer of St. Joseph. St. Vincent's is sponsored by the Daughters of Charity National Health System.
DOVER, Del.-The Delaware Health Care Commission is seeking passage of four legislative initiatives said to be critical to achieving universal coverage in the state. The 10-member commission is urging passage now because the state General Assembly adjourns June 30 and won't reconvene until January. The measures deal with healthcare data collection, certificate-of-need review, insurance purchasing and insurance reform. The proposals are among a broader set of recommendations presented to Gov. Thomas R. Carper and the General Assembly May 23. In preliminary recommendations, the commission proposed building on the existing employment-based system of healthcare coverage (Jan. 31, p. 16). Its latest report outlines immediate steps toward reform and a transition strategy involving federal waivers that would allow the state to implement an employer mandate. The commission's recommendations are intended to control rising costs and ensure affordable coverage.