DURHAM, N.C.-The city's two private acute-care hospitals have entered into the second phase of collaboration talks that began in December 1993. The lengthy negotiations are between 1,003-bed Duke University Medical Center and 289-bed Durham Regional Hospital, a county-owned facility. The hospitals have retained the Washington office of Deloitte & Touche to help them outline "options" for collaboration and better coordination of healthcare services. The second phase of talks is expected to be completed by the end of October.
ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky.-Hardin Memorial Hospital will enter a management partnership with Jewish Hospital Healthcare Services. The agreement, which was approved by the Hardin County Fiscal Court on April 17, links the 300-bed hospital with the JHHS network but allows the facility to retain its local independence, according to Linda McGinity, a JHHS spokeswoman.