NASHVILLE, Tenn.-Baptist Hospital here and Tennessee Christian Medical Center in Madison, a Nashville suburb, have entered into an agreement to develop a new physician network and house it in a new medical office complex on Tennessee Christian's campus. The new hospital alliance comes three months after Tennessee Christian lost a court battle to Healthtrust-The Hospital Co. to acquire Madison's other hospital, Nashville Memorial (March 14, p. 3). The new agreement calls for Baptist and Tennessee Christian to build a 50,000- to 60,000-square-foot medical office building on the Tennessee Christian campus for as much as $8 million, said Jim Word, Baptist's senior vice president. It also calls for the acquisition or construction of a new outpatient diagnostic center as part of the medical complex for $3 million to $5 million, Mr. Word said. The building and center will be the headquarters of the new network, which will consist of as many as 50 physicians. Mr. Word said the network will link primary-care physicians at Tennessee Christian with medical specialists from Baptist.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala.-The University of Alabama at Birmingham and HealthSouth Rehabilitation Corp. plan to jointly build a $15 million, 78-bed rehabilitation hospital on the university campus. The two organizations have submitted a letter of intent to file a certificate-of-need request with the Alabama Health Planning Agency. Marlon Priest, UAB's associate vice president for health affairs, said the CON will be filed in August. "The ownership and management is still to be worked out," he said. "From our standpoint, we will have an ability to have a broader spectrum of rehabilitation patients to draw from." HealthSouth, a for-profit company headed by UAB alumnus Richard Scrushy, specializes in sports injuries and orthopedics. UAB's 78-bed Spain Rehabilitation Hospital takes care of patients mostly with spinal cord injuries and other non-sports related problems, Mr. Priest said. Meanwhile, UAB also hired David Whitten to direct its office of managed care. Mr. Whitten will be in charge of integrating the university's 889-bed hospital and five clinics into an integrated delivery system with specialists and primary-care physicians, a spokesman said.