NEW YORK-New York Downtown Hospital has dropped out of New York Hospital's regional network, known as NYH Care Network, and affiliated with New York University Medical Center. Alan Channing, president and chief executive officer of 213-bed New York Downtown, said his board switched affiliations to ensure the lower Manhattan hospital's autonomy and "to define our own destiny." New York Downtown aligned with New York Hospital in 1991 amid a severe financial crisis (May 20, 1991, p. 6). As part of the deal, New York Hospital and its affiliate, Cornell University Medical College, extended a $10 million line of credit. Channing said New York Downtown borrowed $6.5 million, which it has repaid. Part of the repayment was made through a new loan, for an undisclosed amount, from NYU Medical Center. The new loan also will be used for program developments and joint ventures.
PHILADELPHIA-Four city hospitals, in collaboration with community leaders, will conduct a health assessment survey of people in the center city and south Philadelphia areas. Community Health Partnership includes representatives of Methodist Hospital, Pennsylvania Hospital, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and Wills Eye Hospital as well as political, business, civic, and health and human service leaders. The project will attempt to identify future health needs by assessing demographics, lifestyle, risk factors and access to healthcare. On May 1 some 10,000 surveys will be mailed to randomly selected households in the region and distributed through community groups.