HINSDALE, Ill.-Hinsdale Hospital has announced nine layoffs in its behavioral medicine department. The 436-bed hospital cited its shift to outpatient care as one reason for the layoffs. The facility also expects to announce an affiliation with a Chicago network early next year. "We had a small group of layoffs due to our admissions, which have shifted from inpatient to outpatient programs," said Hinsdale spokeswoman Elizabeth Lively. The layoffs affect a small number of the hospital's 2,600 full- and part-time employees but represent 25% of the behavioral medicine department. Hinsdale is in the middle of strategic planning, four months after hiring Ronald Sackett as president and chief executive officer of Hinsdale Hospital and its parent corporation, Hinsdale Health System. Executives with the system's owner, Lake Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, have said Hinsdale's new leadership would be given the authority to undertake new network affiliations (March 21, p. 33).
CHICAGO-A $2.3 million federal grant has been awarded to Northwestern Memorial Hospital to support the creation of an integrated clinical information system at the 674-bed academic medical center. The three-year contract from the National Library of Medicine of the National Institutes of Health will help fund "NetReach." The project is designed to provide to a link to a dozen sites, including Northwestern Memorial, Northwestern University Medical School, Galter Health Sciences Library, Northwestern Medical Faculty Foundation, the Near North Health Services Corp., and various outpatient clinics and physician offices. The grant is part of a national effort by HHS and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy to develop communication technologies that improve the quality of healthcare. "We will measure the impact of information technology on patient care, and we expect not only to improve the delivery of healthcare, but ultimately also to reduce the costs of providing healthcare," said Paul Tang, M.D., medical director of information services at Northwestern Memorial.
AKRON, Ohio-Summa Health System has laid off four administrative directors and one director as part of an effort to cut about 300 positions-6% of its work force-over the next two years. Nonmanagerial jobs will be eliminated through attrition and reassignment, said Diane Steinert, manager of corporate communications. The system's chief financial officer, David Wilhoite, would not say how much Summa expects to save from the staff reduction. Summa, one of the country's largest public systems, was formed from the 1989 merger of Akron City Hospital and St. Thomas Medical Center. It has 811 beds at its two campuses.