PALESTINE, Texas-Memorial Hospital will open its $16 million replacement facility at a grand opening this month. In the 100,000-square-foot facility, Memorial has expanded its emergency department, intensive-care units, pediatric services and surgery suites. In addition, Memorial is re-entering the obstetrics business after five years; the new hospital will have three labor/delivery/recovery rooms and has recruited two obstetricians to the community. The new building also includes a 10-bed unit for prisoners from the Texas Department of Corrections who need medical care.
AUSTIN, Texas-William D. Poteet III, president and chief executive officer of Methodist Hospital System, Lubbock, is the new chairman of the Texas Hospital Association. Tucker Bonner, president and CEO of King's Daughters Hospital, Temple, is chairman-elect.
DURANGO, Colo.-Mercy Medical Center, an 84-bed, not-for-profit hospital, has started a campaign to raise $400,000 to support a preventive-medicine clinic for three years. Public funds from the county hospital district previously helped finance the year-old clinic. Residents of La Plata County, however, voted to dissolve the district later this year. Its acute-care programs were closed in 1990, and Mercy has operated its behavioral-health programs under contract. Mercy now plans to expand inpatient psychiatric beds to replace the district's services. It no longer will provide the inpatient addiction-recovery programs that it ran for the district, a hospital spokesman said.
ST. LOUIS-Hospital representatives are studying alternative ways to dispose of medical waste after a proposal to build a $6.8 million regional incinerator was scrapped. Some 19 members of the Hospital Association of Metropolitan St. Louis planned to team up to finance the new incinerator (Nov. 15, 1993, p. 72). Six area hospitals operate incinerators, a HAMSTL spokeswoman said. They're likely to require expensive updates to meet new federal regulations due out next year, she said. The Missouri Hospital Association is expected to take over the search for an acceptable alternative when HAMSTL disbands at the end of this year (June 27, p. 70).