ST. PAUL, Minn.-HealthPartners has announced plans to build a new $1.8 million surgery center in St. Paul. The facility will be managed by St. Paul-Ramsey Medical Center, a division of HealthPartners, a Minneapolis-based managed-care organization with 600,000 enrollees. A variety of ambulatory outpatient surgical services will be offered at the center, which is expected to open in September. An estimated 4,800 procedures will be performed in its first year of operation. The surgeries performed will include obstetric, gynecological, ophthalmologic, ear tube insertions, hernia repairs, orthopedic and dental procedures. HealthPartners signed an agreement last year to merge with Ramsey HealthCare, which includes St. Paul-Ramsey Medical Center, Ramsey Clinic and Ramsey Foundation.
COLUMBUS, Ohio-Children's Hospital has announced the formation of a physician-hospital organization through a general membership drive of its approximately 350-member medical staff. Some 85% of the 309-bed hospital's active medical staff have joined. An interim board was formed to direct the PHO. The governing body consists of seven medical staff representatives and seven hospital appointees. The goal of the new organization is to attract managed-care contracts and other payers. "It is our expectation that we can offer every adult-oriented healthcare system a top-quality, efficient pediatric component that they can plug into their adult program," said Stuart W. Williams, the PHO's executive director.
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa-Mercy Medical Center has announced its intent to align with another Roman Catholic-sponsored system having hospitals in Iowa. The 353-bed hospital said it will begin to collaborate with Mercy Health Services, which has five Iowa hospitals and assets of $1.9 billion. That system is sponsored by Sisters of Mercy Regional Community of Farmington Hills, Mich. Mercy Medical is sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy of America's Cedar Rapids region. "Our alignment with Mercy Health Services offers impressive opportunities for cost efficiencies and program enhancements that will result from our participation in a large, well-developed system of hospitals," said A. James Tinker, Mercy Medical's president and chief executive officer. Executives said Mercy Medical Center will continue to be sponsored and operated by its current congregation, as it has since its establishment in 1900, but it will gain financially through several collaborative benefits. The hospital's governance will remain with a locally elected board, but a representative from Mercy Health Services will join the board to facilitate discussions between the two organizations.