PUTNAM, Conn.-HealthNet of New England, the parent of 120-bed Day Kimball Hospital, has agreed to affiliate with the University of Massachusetts Medical Center, a 416-bed tertiary-care teaching hospital based in Worcester, Mass. The two healthcare providers intend to develop a new insurance product to be marketed to local businesses early next year. In addition, subspecialists from the university hospital will see patients at Day Kimball, and HealthNet will serve as a research and training site for community-based research initiatives and clinical trials. Other HealthNet subsidiaries include a home healthcare agency; a homemaking, chore and companion service; a hospice program; and a for-profit service company.
SHARON, Conn.-The boards of two community hospitals in Litchfield County, Conn., have entered a collaborative agreement that may lead to a merger. A joint committee representing 78-bed Sharon Hospital and 60-bed Winsted (Conn.) Memorial Hospital will present a plan to the two boards by Sept. 30, 1995. As part of the agreement, Sharon is managing day-to-day operations at Winsted, and Win-sted's president, Michael A. Baxa, has resigned. Having one chief executive officer will help Winsted fill a projected $3 million gap in its $13 million budget, said Ken Roberts, a Sharon spokesman. Sharon, which has a $26 million budget, will take a $1.5 million loss this year but expects to break even next year, he said. The joint committee plans to explore other uses for Winsted's campus.
BOSTON-The New England Medical Center has hired a new president to take charge of a reorganization of inpatient and outpatient services into "care programs." The reorganization will bring together staff from a number of specialties and departments to organize care around patients' needs and medical conditions, a spokeswoman said. David B. Pryor, M.D., joins New England Medical Center on Oct. 10 after serving as director of the clinical cardiology consultation service at Duke University Medical Center and director of clinical program development at Duke Hospital. Je-rome H. Grossman, M.D., New England Medical Center's chairman and chief executive officer, will concentrate on long-term strategy, including a network of community hospitals and physicians, the spokeswoman said.