CHICAGO-In an ongoing effort to monitor and prevent violence against children, Children's Memorial Medical Center has established the Violent Injury Prevention Center. The umbrella organization will consolidate all data on violent injuries and deaths of children in Illinois. The prevention center will focus on firearm injuries and child abuse. Its funding comes from more than $1.5 million in philanthropic contributions.
CHICAGO-Northwestern Memorial Hospital broke ground Oct. 27 for a 2 million-square-foot complex on the city's Near North Side. The $580 million facility, which will be connected by bridges to existing medical facilities, will consolidate three inpatient pavilions and several ambulatory-care programs into one building and add a 2,000-car parking structure. The new complex will reduce the number of beds to 496 from 741. The project is expected to be completed by 1999.
KEARNEY, Neb.-The U.S. Office of Rural Health Policy has awarded a grant of more than $1.4 million to the Good Samaritan Hospital Foundation to partially fund its Mid-Nebraska Telemedicine Network. The network will be designed to allow specialists on the staff of Good Samaritan Health Systems to consult with physicians in other regions on patient examinations and records. It is expected that within one year of implementation, six rural Nebraska hospitals will be connected to the network. The 287-bed Good Samaritan Health Systems is a regional referral center serving more than 300,000 people in central and western Nebraska and northern Kansas.
LIMA, Ohio-Lima Memorial Hospital has completed an affiliation with Columbus, Ohio-based U.S. Health Corp. It's the third affiliation for U.S. Health, which also owns or manages eight hospitals and has alliances with several hospitals in the state. The 200-bed Lima hospital gains access to technology and expertise at two tertiary hospitals in Columbus and could become a preferred provider of U.S. Health managed-care products.