PHILADELPHIA-Jeanes Hospital is working out details of a possible linkage with 514-bed Temple University Hospital. Last month the 245-bed community hospital signed a letter of intent to become a member of Temple University Health System. In March 135-bed Roxborough Memorial Hospital in Philadelphia also announced its intent to join Temple's system. A Temple spokesman said it hasn't been decided whether the two hospitals will become affiliates or be owned by the system. It currently owns Temple University Hospital, Northeastern Hospital of Philadelphia; Elmira Jeffries Nursing Home, Philadelphia; and Temple Physician's, a network of community-based physicians.
SOMERSET, N.J.-HIP Health Plan of New Jersey, the state's largest not-for-profit HMO, has entered an agreement with Livingston, N.J.-based Saint Barnabas Health Care System to expand HIP's hospital and physician network in Essex and Union counties. At HIP's request, Saint Barnabas has recruited United Healthcare System, Newark; Clara Maas Medical Center, Belleville; and Union (N.J.) Hospital to act as subcontractors for HIP patients, a Saint Barnabas spokesman said. In addition, physicians in those service areas will be recruited to serve HIP patients, he said. Established by the Health Insurance Plan of Greater New York, HIP is a group-model HMO with affiliated physicians' offices throughout New Jersey and 171,000 enrollees.