HOBART, Ind.-Ancilla Systems of Hobart will use a $2.2 million federal grant from the Department of Housing and Urban Development to construct low-income senior citizen housing in Gary, Ind. The facility, which will house people 62 and older, will include 58 one-bedroom apartments and is expected to be completed in 1996. "A project like this, which goes beyond traditional healthcare services, is one example of how Ancilla is realizing its vision to help build healthier communities where we serve," said Monica Sofranko, Ancilla's vice president for older-adult and support services. The Roman Catholic system, sponsored by the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ, owns and operates six hospitals in Illinois and Indiana. This is Ancilla's second HUD project. In 1992, Ancilla-sponsored St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Chicago built a similar $6.5 million 100-apartment residence.
SOUTHFIELD, Mich.-Four hospitals in Ohio and one in northeastern Michigan have joined the PPOMnetwork, giving the Midwestern PPO a total of 127 hospitals and 12,500 other providers in four states. Agreements were signed with Akron (Ohio) General Medical Center, a 507-bed tertiary teaching facility; 1,063-bed Riverside Methodist Hospital and 640-bed Grant Medical Center, both in Columbus; 250-bed Deaconess Hospital in Cincinnati; and 69-bed Tawas St. Joseph Hospital in Tawas City, Mich.
ANN ARBOR, Mich.-Thirty percent of Michigan children, or more than 1 million, lack adequate health insurance, says a report from the University of Michigan School of Public Health. The report, based on 1989 data, says 11% of Michigan children had no insurance. Another 19% had plans covering only hospital charges, lacked continuous coverage in the previous year or had a policy described by a family member as inadequate. "Under-insurance is more prevalent than un-insurance, and it has equally negative effects on children's access to health services," said Rashid Bashshur, one of the researchers. Comparative data for other states was not available, but Michigan had a higher rate of insurance for adults than most other states. Rural location and middle-class status were found to be associated with inadequate coverage. The report was funded by the Michigan Health Care Education and Research Foundation, a philanthropic affiliate of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Michigan.