FARMINGTON, N.M.-Sun Crest Hospital, a 54-bed psychiatric hospital, closed last week. The facility is owned by Sterling Health Care Corp., a Bellevue, Wash.-based chain of 15 psychiatric hospitals. The hospital stopped accepting new patient admissions on Oct. 6.
DALLAS-Presbyterian Healthcare Systems has opened its first senior medical center at a shopping center in north Dallas. Open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays, the center is staffed by a physician, nurse practitioner or registered nurse; a social worker; and a receptionist. The center accepts Medicare assignment and supplemental insurance, and staff members assist patients with claims filing. Hospital system officials said the center is the first in a network it plans to develop within the next year.
ST. LOUIS-Michael Dunaway, 43, a Missouri Hospital Association executive vice president, will be promoted to MHA senior vice president in charge of the St. Louis Met, when it begins operations Jan. 3, 1995. Mr. Dunaway currently heads MHA Management Services Corp., the association's shared-services arm. The MHA contracted to run a regional office after St. Louis-area hospitals voted to dissolve the 58-year-old independent Hospital Association of Metropolitan St. Louis. The step, taken to save money, will cut 58% from the association dues paid by area hospitals, Mr. Dunaway said. The council's purpose will be to work with local businesses and other community groups. It will be staffed by Mr. Dunaway and a secretary. In contrast, HAMSTL employed 25 people.
OKLAHOMA CITY-The Oklahoma Health Care Authority approved two waiver applications to convert the state's $1.3 billion Medicaid program to managed care. The waivers will be submitted to HCFA for approval in January 1995, state officials said. Under the timetable approved by the Oklahoma Legislature this year, half the state's Aid to Families with Dependent Children program must be moved into a capitated Medicaid system by July 1995. The other half must be in the system by 1996. State officials also have warned that the Legislature may have to approve up to $90 million in additional funding to convert to a managed-care system.