LITTLE ROCK, Ark.-Roger Busfield Jr. president of the Arkansas Hospital Association for 21 years, retired June 30. Mr. Busfield, 68, previously had worked in various positions at the Michigan Hospital Association. James Teeter, 53, formerly the association's executive vice president, replaced him on July 1. The succession was announced last year (July 19, 1993, p. 32). "Roger Busfield has been in a lighthouse all these years, helping many of us steer clear of collisions," Mr. Teeter said in a letter to association members. "We owe him many debts of gratitude."
TULSA, Okla.-Healthcare America has assumed operating control of Shadow Mountain Hospital. Healthcare America, an Austin, Texas-based firm, already owned the real estate assets of the 100-bed psychiatric hospital, but had been leasing it to Century Healthcare Corp., Tulsa. Terms of the new transaction weren't disclosed. Healthcare America now operates nine psychiatric hospitals in three states.
GRAPEVINE, Texas-Baylor Medical Center at Grapevine is planning a $16.2 million expansion of the 56-bed suburban Dallas hospital. Construction is expected to begin early next year to add six step-down beds, four intensive-care beds, and expand the emergency department from six to 10 treatment rooms. The hospital also is planning a new women's services area with labor, delivery and recovery rooms. The expansion will help Baylor serve the growing Grapevine market, where the population is expanding at a 4.5% annual rate, said Mark Hood, the hospital's executive director.
HAYS, Kan.-Federal investigators have found flaws in the handling of narcotics at 133-bed Hays Medical Center. A Drug Enforcement Administration audit, prompted by allegations that narcotics were being diverted from the hospital, found 13 violations of regulations regarding inventory and record-keeping. Because violations were found, the hospital has reviewed procedures for narcotics distribution and hired a permanent pharmacy director, said Jodi Schmidt, a hospital spokeswoman. Turnover contributed to the problems, Ms. Schmidt said. In a meeting earlier this month, hospital administrators and federal regulators didn't agree to a settlement. The hospital could face a fine of as much as $325,000. "We are still working towards an appropriate resolution," Ms. Schmidt said. "We believe at this point we are in compliance."