HOUSTON-The Visiting Nurse Association of Houston has become an affiliate of Methodist Hospital System. The deal, which doesn't include an exchange of cash, allows Methodist to expand its home healthcare services, executives said. The two organizations make a total of 266,000 home-care visits annually.
EL PASO, Texas-Pete T. Duarte, chief executive officer of R.E. Thomason General Hospital, the city's tax-supported hospital, was one of six professionals who received the Hispanic Achievement Award from Hispanic Magazine this month. Prior to joining R.E. Thomason in 1992 as chief operating officer, Mr. Duarte was executive director of Centro de Salud Familiar La Fe, a community health center in El Paso.
IRVING, Texas-Irving Healthcare System executives said they've narrowed the selection of possible merger partners to Baylor Healthcare System, Dallas; Columbia/HCA Healthcare Corp., Louisville, Ky.; and Harris Methodist Health System, Fort Worth, Texas. Earlier this year, the board of the suburban Dallas hospital said it would either merge or affiliate with another Dallas/Fort Worth system. Irving spokeswoman Verone Travis said the 216-bed hospital is now evaluating the bidders.
BATON ROUGE, La.-Gulf South Health Plans has acquired Association Health Plans, a Metairie, La.-based third-party administrator that manages benefits for 60,000 people. Terms were not disclosed. Officials said the purchase makes Gulf South, operated by General Health, a Baton Rouge-based hospital system, the state's largest provider of managed-care services, with 140,000 enrollees.
ST. LOUIS-Deaconess Health System has broken ground on a $12.8 million cancer-treatment center so it can centralize services now scattered throughout its main campus. The facility also will house some services of the Deaconess College of Nursing. The center is expected to be completed in the second half of 1996. The St. Louis-area health system also has begun construction on a $4.8 million medical-office building in the suburb of Des Peres, Mo., and a $1.5 million medical-office building in Jefferson County, south of the metropolitan area. It expects to complete both next year. The Des Peres building will have offices for as many as 15 physicians, while the other building will house three physicians who recently joined a medical group affiliated with Deaconess. Some $5 million has been raised for the cancer-treatment center through a fund drive. Deaconess plans to raise the remaining capital by refinancing and increasing its debt.