SPARTANBURG, S.C.-Two former hospital competitors have entered into an agreement to divide up certain healthcare services between themselves. The hospitals are 444-bed Spartanburg Regional Medical Center and 189-bed Mary Black Memorial Hospital. Combined, the hospitals control nearly 87% of the city's staffed inpatient beds. The city's third hospital is 97-bed Doctors Memorial Hospital. The plan calls for the two hospitals to create a joint operating company to coordinate and allocate existing healthcare services between the two facilities with the goal of eliminating duplicative services. The first services targeted are maternal health and oncology. Decisions about the two services are expected to be made by year's end. Talks between the two hospitals have been taking place for about two years.
WASHINGTON-District of Columbia General Hospi, which treats some of the city's poorest residents, will lay off more than 200 of its 2,000 workers and reduce services by January. The public hospital says it needs to reduce its deficit, which ran $32 million in the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30. About 200 employees have taken buyouts, which had been offered to 400. The 395-bed hospital, on the city's southeast side, will close some buildings.
WASHINGTON-The Greater Southeast Healthcare System of Washington and Dimensions Healthcare System of suburban Prince George's County in Maryland announced they will form an alliance to deliver managed-care and shared services through their hospitals, nursing homes, clinics and physicians. Executives of the two systems said the alliance will allow collaboration on such services as a regional geriatric program and a community health information network. Greater Southeast is the parent corporation of 450-bed Greater Southeast Community Hospital in Washington and a number of other facilities in the region. Dimensions owns 447-bed Prince George's Hospital Center in Cheverly, Md., and 182-bed Greater Laurel Beltsville Hospital in Laurel, Md.