DALLAS-Green Oaks at Medical City Dallas Hospital has agreed to affiliate with Medical City Dallas Hospital and Medical Center of Plano (Texas) both of which are owned by Columbia/HCA Healthcare Corp. Green Oaks is a privately owned 90-bed psychiatric hospital on the campus of Medical City Dallas. Louisville, Ky.-based Columbia/HCA operates eight hospitals in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.
FORT WORTH, Texas-Huguley Memorial Medical Centerhas signed a letter of intent to discuss partnerships with Kimbro Medical Center, a multispecialty outpatient clinic south of Fort Worth in Cleburne. Huguley is owned by Adventist Health System/Sunbelt, Orlando, Fla. The hospital has a presence in Cleburne, with a health and fitness center, home healthcare agency and hospice, and a mobile clinic that serves the Cleburne area.
DENVER-Planning has begun to convert Denver Health and Hospitals into an independent authority by mid-1996. The move (Feb. 28, p. 30) is intended to give the city's 333-bed public hospital more freedom to borrow money, buy supplies and hire employees. Several financial issues must be resolved, including how much of the municipal department's $112 million in assets will transfer to the authority. Another is how the city will pay the authority for services.
DENVER-HealthOne, the area's largest hospital system, and six physician groups expect to form a joint venture to combine and jointly manage their operations by year-end. A detailed agreement is being negotiated, a HealthOne spokesman said. The plan involves more than 1,500 physicians, about 40% of whom are primary-care providers. HealthOne operates three acute-care and three specialty hospitals in the metropolitan area. It earned $18 million on operating revenues of about $800 million in its fiscal year ended Aug. 31. The system also said it's discussing a partnership to share administrative functions, such as computer systems, with Provenant Health Partners. Collaboration with Provenant, a three-hospital system, might extend to shared support services, such as materials management.