MEMPHIS, Tenn.-Methodist Health Systems has signed an affiliation agreement with Twin Rivers Regional Medical Center, a 116-bed hospital in Kennett, Mo., owned by OrNda HealthCorp, a Nashville, Tenn.-based investor-owned hospital chain. Methodist, a not-for-profit system, owns and operates 12 hospitals in Arkansas, Mississippi and Tennessee. Under the affiliation agreement, Methodist will assist Twin Rivers with physician recruitment, marketing and continuing education activities. It also will establish on-site specialty clinics at the hospital. Patients at Twin Rivers, in turn, will have access to Methodist specialist care.
ATLANTA-Emory University System of Health Care has teamed up with the Medical College of Georgia Hospitals and Clinics to create a statewide hospital and physician managed-care network. Called Georgia 1st, the network is expected to contract with HMOs, PPOs, insurance carriers and self-insured employers, a spokesman said. Emory owns two hospitals with 971 beds; the Medical College operates a 502-bed hospital in Augusta. Georgia 1st includes 30 hospitals throughout the state and several hundred physicians. It is expected to compete with similar statewide networks operated by Columbia/HCA Healthcare Corp.; Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia; and Medical Resource Network, a group of 17 VHA hospitals.