Fargo, N.D.-based MeritCare Health System has entered into a joint venture with 56-bed Jamestown (N.D.) Hospital to form a delivery system in Jamestown. The joint venture, called Jamestown Health System, will unite the hospital and seven-physician MeritCare Clinic in Jamestown, effective July 1. MeritCare and Jamestown Hospital will share governance equally, and Jamestown Hospital Chief Executive Officer Richard Hall will be CEO of the new system. Both sides hailed the deal as a way to retain local autonomy while integrating care. MeritCare President and CEO Roger Gilbertson, M.D., said he intends to make similar deals with other community hospitals in the state.
Richard M. Loughery, former administrator and chief executive officer of Washington Hospital Center in the District of Columbia, died Feb. 10 at age 75. Loughery served as administrator of the hospital from 1959 through 1976, then was CEO until his retirement in 1981. Before that, he was deputy administrator of the hospital and administrator and assistant administrator at Garfield Memorial Hospital, which merged in 1958 with Episcopal Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital to become Washington Hospital Center.
David McFadden, former director of corporate relations for Hospital Corporation of America, has been named regional executive for the American Hospital Association. McFadden, who will be based at the Tennessee Hospital Association in Nashville, will be responsible for Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, South Carolina and Tennessee. The AHA has named 15 of the 16 field executives who will act as liaisons between state hospital associations and AHA members.
Several large healthcare purchasing coalitions will participate in CareData Report's Annual Survey of Health Plan Members, which measures employee satisfaction with managed-care plans. Now in its third year, the CareData survey has worked with 100 large employers to survey employee satisfaction with HMOs and point-of-service plans. This year, MidAtlantic Healthcare Purchasing Coalition, Atlanta HealthCare Alliance and other purchasing coalitions will join about 200 employers in CareData's survey of more than 100 plans in 15 major metropolitan areas. The New York-based managed-care company also will survey retiree satisfaction with Medicare risk HMOs in several areas.