WAREHAM, Mass.-A third hospital officially joined in a merger proposal to create a health network for southeastern Massachusetts. The parent company of Tobey Hospital in Wareham approved participation in a full-asset merger that's already in the works for Charlton Health System, parent of Charlton Memorial Hospital in Fall River, and St. Luke's Health System, parent of St. Luke's Hospital of New Bedford (Dec. 18/25, 1995, p. 4). At the time of that announcement last December, Tobey Hospital had been considering some type of collaborative arrangement with St. Luke's. The three hospital organizations plan to merge into a single parent corporation and a single hospital corporation with multiple facilities.
HARRISON, N.Y.-Saint Vincents Westchester, a division of New York-based Saint Vincents Hospital and Medical Center, has acquired the assets of the Maxwell Institute of Bronxville, a local provider of outpatient alcoholism and substance-abuse treatment services. Financial terms of the asset merger were not released. Saint Vincents Westchester has taken control of the institute's license to operate. However, Maxwell Institute retains an advisory board and separate fund-raising activities. The merger has been approved by the state Department of Health. Saint Vincents Westchester provides inpatient and outpatient mental health and substance-abuse treatment.
WALLINGFORD, Conn.-The Connecticut Hospital Association has received $80,000 from Connecticut Light & Power Co. to fund the collection, analysis and distribution of data on community healthcare needs. In announcing the partnership with CL&P early this month, the association released statewide mortality data and community health status indicators. That information will serve as the basis for more detailed assessments of healthcare needs in each community served by its 32 member hospitals. Those studies should be completed by the end of April, said Bob Sandler, associate vice president of healthcare consulting at the association. Identifying com-munities' healthcare needs is the first step in a long-term process of developing targeted interventions.
NEW YORK-Beth Israel Health Care System has opened the $55 million Phillips Ambulatory Care Center. Cutting-edge innovations are featured at the 300,000-square-foot center designed for outpatient care, including the nation's first digitized, filmless radiology service, which will allow for consultation with specialists at other Beth Israel sites, and a computerized medical records system. In early summer, Beth Israel will open a comprehensive cancer center and an ambulatory surgery center there. The center is named for philanthropist Lawrence Phillips, who donated $5 million toward its construction. The remaining $50 million came from bond proceeds, cash on hand and several smaller donations. The center was designed by Manhattan-based Larsen, Shein, Ginsberg & Partners.