CHATTANOOGA, Tenn.-Erlanger Medical Center, the city's major public hospital, has named Sylvester "Skip" Reeder as its new president and chief executive officer. Mr. Reeder, 46, comes to the 587-bed hospital from Quorum Health Resources, where he was the Nashville, Tenn.-based hospital management company's district vice president for the past eight years. Mr. Reeder replaces James Pickle, who resigned in February to head Columbia/HCA Healthcare Corp.'s Kentucky division (Feb. 7, p. 6).
ATLANTA-Three hospital groups last week announced they had completed their deal to form Promina Health System (July 18, p. 8). The groups are three-hospital Gwinnett Hospital System, six-hospital Northwest Georgia Health System and 500-bed Piedmont Hospital. With 10 hospitals and 2,013 beds, Promina is one of Atlanta's largest regional healthcare systems. It is expected to compete against nine hospitals operated by Columbia/HCA Healthcare Corp. in the Atlanta area. Under the arrangement, Promina will be the holding company, but each of the three Atlanta-based health systems is a legally separate organization, Promina officials said. Promina's chief executive is Bernard L. Brown, who had been president and chief executive of Northwest Georgia.
WIGGINS, Miss.-Stone County Hospital reopened last month under the management of Quorum Health Resources after county residents approved a $2.5 million bond issue to buy new equipment and refurbish the 53-bed public hospital. In 1992, Stone County closed after it lost its only physician. After the hospital closed, the Hattiesburg Clinic opened a satellite facility near the old hospital and staffed it with three physicians and a nurse practitioner, said Louis Herrero, the hospital's administrator. But the nearest hospitals were more than 40 miles away in Hattiesburg and Gulfport. Stone County now has eight physicians on its medical staff. Mr. Herrero said the hospital expects to break even this year on revenues of $7.9 million.
NORFOLK, Va.-Children's Hospital of the King's Daughters recently opened a new eight-story ambulatory-care center at its Norfolk campus. The $50 million, 350,000-square-foot building includes the region's first pediatric emergency center, expecting over 38,000 patients in its first year. The center features a pneumatic tube delivery system for medications and laboratory specimens, and movable columns in the intensive-care unit, which can accommodate a variety of nursing activities. The facility was designed by Henningson, Durham & Richardson, Omaha, Neb.