POWELL, Wyo.-Voters have approved a $4.3 million bond issue to construct a new 98-bed nursing home to be attached to Powell Hospital. The new facility will address state and federal regulations on ventilation upgrades, asbestos removal and accommodations for people with disabilities. Some 55.5% of voters cast ballots for the bond issue. Voter turnout was 41%. The bond issue will provide only a part of the proposed $5.8 million needed for a new facility, officials said. Hospital board members plan to request a series of grants from the state Farm Loan Board and will seek funds from private grants and donations. Construction is expected to begin in the spring of 1995.
MENLO PARK, Calif.-The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation and the California Wellness Foundation -two philanthropies-have launched a $2 million statewide campaign to give Californians basic information on the national healthcare reform debate. The campaign, funded by the California Wellness Foundation, will consist of television, radio and print educational messages and a toll-free number featuring special reports on health reform. The Harvard School of Public Health and Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health provided research and technical assistance. The state campaign builds on a national public education initiative by the Kaiser foundation and the League of Women Voters Education Fund, to which the Kaiser foundation has contributed about $5 million.
PHOENIX-Eight Arizona HMOs were awarded contracts by the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System to provide medical care to Medicaid residents. Overall, 21 HMOs submitted a total of 95 proposals to the state's Medi-caid program. Three-year contracts were awarded to Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Arizona, Cigna HealthPlan of Arizona, Advantage Health, Arizona Health Concepts, Arizona Physicians IPA, Health Choice Arizona, Maricopa Managed Care and Mercy Care Plan.
PHOENIX-Clyde A. Wright, M.D., has been named president and general manager at Cigna HealthCare of Arizona. He most recently had been the company's senior vice president and managed-care officer. Dr. Wright will be responsible for the company's overall operations, service delivery and statewide sales. Cigna HealthCare provides and facilitates services through 17 healthcare centers in the greater Phoenix area and five healthcare centers in Tucson, Ariz. Its healthcare plan serves more than 100,000 Arizona residents.