Columbia/HCA Healthcare Corp. and 322-bed Arlington (Va.) Hospital last week said the two organizations have signed a letter of intent to pursue a 50-50 joint venture. Terms of the deal weren't disclosed. The deal will tie Columbia into Arlington Hospital's teaching affiliation with Georgetown University School of Medicine. Meanwhile, Arlington will join Columbia's Northern Virginia Network, which includes 127-bed Reston (Va.) Hospital Center; 100-bed Dominion Hospital in Falls Church, Va.; and Fairfax (Va.) Surgical Center.
Nick Hilger, who headed Denver system HealthOne, will take over the Chicago operations of Columbia/HCA Healthcare Corp. on March 1. Health-One and Columbia recently pooled Colorado operations, including six acute-care hospitals, under a joint venture. Although Hilger was named president of the new company, he has been expected to leave. Jeffrey Dorsey, a Columbia executive tapped to lead Denver operations, will absorb Hilger's duties. In Chicago, the current top executive, Sam Holtzman, has resigned effective Feb. 29. He will pursue other opportunities, a spokeswoman said. Holtzman wasn't available for comment. Columbia operates nine Chicago-area hospitals.
The 554-bed University of Minnesota Hospital and Clinic moved closer to consolidating its operations with Fairview Health System. Earlier this month, the university board of regents approved a memorandum of understanding allowing the hospital to proceed with negotiations. Plans call for merging the university hospital and 693-bed Fairview Riverside Medical Center into a single campus operating as a Fairview division (Nov. 27, 1995, p. 20). It would be governed by its own board of trustees. The target date for a definitive agreement is June 30.
The City Council in Chillicothe, Mo., has selected a joint venture of Health Midwest and North Kansas City Hospital and will begin negotiating a lease and operating agreement for Hedrick Medical Center. The 80-bed acute-care center has been operated since 1976 by BJC Health System of St. Louis, which is withdrawing from its lease to concentrate on developments closer to home. Hedrick has 270 employees, who are expected to be retained. Based in Kansas City, Mo., Health Midwest is a 12-hospital system offering a full range of healthcare services. North Kansas City Hospital is a municipal institution that collaborates with Health Midwest on managed-care contracting and other ventures. Two other hospital companies had submitted proposals: St. Luke's Health System of Kansas City and Heartland Health System of St. Joseph, Mo. Mark Adcock, city administrator, said the City Council hoped to complete negotiations by April 1.
HM Health Services, parent of 248-bed St. Joseph Health Center in Warren, Ohio, completed its $20 million purchase of Warren General Health Systems, owner of 212-bed Warren General Hospital. HM said it will consolidate inpatient beds at the former Warren General Hospital and retain outpatient services, including an urgent-care center, at St. Joseph. The purchase is a step in HM's plan to develop an integrated-care network in the Mahoning Valley. HM, which is part of Humility of Mary Health Care System, also owns St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown, Ohio, and HM Home Care in Youngstown and Warren.
Robert D. Woltil resigned from his post as president of Pharmacy Corporation of America, a subsidiary of Beverly Enterprises. Beverly has cited significant difficulties in consolidating the operations of the troubled PCA unit for several months. The company will seek "an individual with different qualifications, including extensive operating experience in pharmaceuticals and related industries," said Boyd W. Hendrickson, Beverly's chief executive officer, in a statement. Woltil, 41, had stepped into that position in May 1995 and also served as executive vice president of Beverly. He previously served as chief financial officer. Fort Smith, Ark.-based Beverly, with more than 700 nursing homes, is the nation's largest long-term-care provider.