DETROIT-Henry Ford Health System has launched an initiative to raise $150 million over six years for capital improvements, disease prevention, education and other commitments. "In an era of decreased resources and declining payment for services, it will allow us to continue our national role as an innovative leader in healthcare, in teaching and in research," said Gail Warden, the system's president and chief executive officer. The campaign kicked off Nov. 3. Goals for the proceeds include renovating the Detroit campus and ambulatory-care sites and endowing 18 new academic chairs and professorships. A trustees' fund was created to provide seed money for research, technology, community outreach and new operating systems-including a Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention to serve the system's 750,000 patients. Advanced donor commitments total $51 million, including $3.3 million from senior medical leadership and $3.7 million from senior administrative staff.
HAMMOND, Ind.-About 50 employees at 657-bed Saint Margaret Mercy Healthcare Centers in Hammond and Dyer, Ind., have lost their jobs, executives said. Citing healthcare reform as the reason for the layoffs, executives said the cuts were scheduled to be completed last week after a six-week restructuring. "Like everybody else, we've experienced cuts in Medicaid and Medicare," said Anthony Ferracane, Saint Margaret Mercy's vice president of human resources. "Of the 50, half of the cuts came from management." The cuts amounted to 1.6% of the hospitals' 3,000-employee work force. Executives wouldn't disclose projected savings from the staff reductions. They also said the cuts weren't repercussions from a 3-year-old merger of the Hammond and Dyer facilities, which are nine miles apart in northwest Indiana.
HAZEL CREST, Ill.-South Suburban Hospital this month will launch a $1.2 million remodeling project of its surgery facility. The 10,500-square-foot project, awarded to Homewood, Ill.-based Inland Construction Co., includes remodeling of two operating rooms, corridors, a patient holding area, a nurse station and administrative offices. The project is expected to take about a year to complete.