SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.-After months of negotiations, the board of directors at Scottsdale Memorial Hospital last month rejected a merger with neighboring Mayo Clinic Scottsdale. The two providers had been in talks since early this year about possibly merging the two facilities into an integrated healthcare delivery system. Mayo physicians admit patients to and are affiliated with Scottsdale Memorial, which receives more than half of its inpatient admissions from the Mayo Clinic Scottsdale. In a prepared statement, Scottsdale Memorial President and Chief Executive Officer Max Poll said the hospital "did not accept Mayo's proposed transfer of ownership of Scottsdale Memorial Health Systems to Mayo." However, he added that Scottsdale Memorial is "eager to continue collaborative efforts with Mayo Clinic Scottsdale..." Neither side elaborated on possible future collaborative efforts.
CARSON CITY, Nev.-Major Nevada hospitals made a combined $50 million profit last year-a slight decrease not likely to change their status of having the nation's second-highest profits-per-admission average. The fiscal 1994 profit compares with $51.8 million in operating profits for the "Big Six" hospitals in fiscal 1993, according to a recent state
Human Resources Department report. The report also shows the hospitals' revenues per admission were up only 1%, to $7,384 from $7,302, which Gov. Bob Miller said makes Nevada the only state with single-digit increases in that category over the past seven years. Mr. Miller also said the report shows a cost-containment program he pushed "is the most successful of its kind in the country." He said the program will end next year unless lawmakers renew it, and he intends to push for that renewal. The report also shows the major hospitals posted a decrease in profits per admission to $381 in fiscal 1994 from $512 in fiscal 1993. However, profits per admission were more than double the statewide average at Desert Springs Hospital, Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center and Valley Hospital Medical Center in Las Vegas, while St. Mary's Regional Medical Center and Washoe Medical Center in Reno were slightly below the average. The average was held down because of a big drop in profits per admission at University Medical Center in Las Vegas, which handles many welfare patients and lost part of its state subsidy through a tax shift. But even with the drop, the major hospitals are likely to remain second only to hospitals in South Carolina in profits per admission.-Associated Press