LITTLE ROCK, Ark.-Jim, 56, administrator of 89-bed Stuttgart (Ark.) Regional Medical Center since 1979, became chairman of the board of the Arkansas Hospital Association in October. Also at the association's annual meeting last month, its house of delegates named as its next chairman Ronald Rooney, 50, president of 129-bed Arkansas Methodist Hospital in Paragould. The association represents about 100 hospitals.
ST. LOUIS-Construction has been completed on the $5.5 million replacement of St. Mary's Health Center's emergency room. Executives originally had planned for a simple expansion, but the two-story, 13,600-square-foot facility became part of a master plan that includes an expanded outpatient service area, fast-track triage areas and renovated parking spaces. Each emergency room features private bathrooms and a television set. An orthopedic room comes with an ice machine for instant ice bags. Preservation of an adjacent park was included in the design elements. Since plans for the facility began in 1989, St. Mary's has seen a 5% increase in its emergency services each year. The facility was originally designed to hold additional floors in future expansions. Mackey Mitchell Associates designed the facility and J.S. Alberici Construction Co. served as the construction manager. Both of those firms are in St. Louis.
HOUSTON-The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston has extended its name to the former Orlando (Fla.) Cancer Center. The center, which is a joint venture between M.D. Anderson and Orlando Regional Healthcare System, will now be called M.D. Anderson Cancer Center-Orlando. The two hospitals also said they will start construction in the spring for a $15 million expansion of the center. More than 10,000 patients have been treated at the Orlando center since it opened in 1991, officials said.
OKLAHOMA CITY-A newly formed group called the "No Fun Tax" is opposing a 1% tax on entertainment activities that would finance breast cancer research, prevention and treatment. The tax is state question 667 on this week's ballot and would raise $1.5 million annually. Movies, sporting events and amusement parks would be taxed.