ST. LOUIS-Donald Kalicak has been named executive director of Unity Health Network, a St. Louis hospital network formerly known as AJL. The network comprises 746-bed St. Anthony's Medical Center, 871-bed St. John's Mercy Medical Center, both of St. Louis, and 369-bed St. Luke's Hospital in suburban Chesterfield, Mo. Mr. Kalicak was a vice president at St. Anthony's. Last month, the three hospitals transferred their occupational health programs to the network. St. Anthony's also moved to the network its managed mental health and employee assistance programs, covering approximately 15,000 people. Those services were offered under a joint program of St. Anthony's and Christian Health Services, which was dissolved earlier this month. Christian is part of BJC Health System.
DALLAS-About half of Dallas residents are somewhat familiar with proposed healthcare reforms, and of those, 73% believe reform will make healthcare worse. That's according to a study conducted last month on behalf of 266-bed Children's Medical Center of Dallas. The survey also showed that Dallas-area families have a working knowledge of their health insurance plans, but few are aware of the plans' details. "Healthcare reform has headlined every American newspaper, but when it comes to children's needs, confusion and lack of awareness abound," said George Farr, the hospital's president and chief executive officer. In response, the hospital has launched "Remember Your Children," a campaign to educate the public about the importance of "child-friendly" healthcare coverage.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark.-Some 2,823 Arkansas residents have been reported as testing positive for HIV, and 1,518 of those people now suffer from AIDS, according to the Arkansas Department of Health. One-fifth of the 304 people newly reported as HIV-positive in 1994 are female, and one-fifth acquired the virus through heterosexual contact. Six Arkansas counties-Crittendon, Garland, Jefferson, Pulaski, Sebastian and Washington-have reported at least 100 HIV cases. Pulaski, which includes Little Rock, has the largest population of HIV-infected residents with 1,032.