DALLAS-Douglas D. Hawthorne, president and chief executive officer at Presbyterian Healthcare System, was given the 1994 Earl M. Collier Award for Distinguished Hospital Administration by the Texas Hospital Association this month. The Collier award is the highest honor given by the association.
OKLAHOMA CITY-The Oklahoma Telemedicine Network, financed by a two-year, $3.4 million grant from the state, has awarded Oklahoma City-based MicroAge the prime hardware/software/delivery systems contract for the network. The network is expected to be operational by January 1995, and officials say it will be the largest dedicated telemedicine network in the world. It initially will link 39 rural hospitals and 18 tertiary and regional hospitals in the state. Later, other rural hospitals, clinics and physicians' offices will be tied in. The consortium of vendors working with MicroAge includes Access Radiology, Waltham, Mass., which will manage the network's clinical operations.
AUSTIN, Texas-By the end of June, 234 rural health clinics were operating in the state, up about 50% from the end of 1993, according to new figures from the Texas Association of Rural Health Clinics. In addition, another 80 applications to open clinics are pending, the group reported. At the end of last year, Texas led the nation in the number of rural health clinics. Because of its large rural population and a state law permitting nurses to prescribe some drugs, Texas has been fertile ground for such clinics.
ST. JOSEPH, Mo.-Heartland Health System has opened a new outpatient surgery center on the campus of 162-bed Heartland Hospital West. It didn't disclose the cost of the facility. The center is a joint venture among the two-hospital system, its physicians and Surgical Care Affiliates, which will manage the center. Nashville, Tenn.-based SCA now operates 64 surgery centers in 22 states. Twelve of those are joint ventures with hospitals.