Trevor Fetter, 36, was named chief financial officer of Tenet Healthcare Corp., Santa Monica, Calif. Fetter, who joined Tenet in October 1995 as executive vice president, was named to the additional post of CFO. Ray Mathiasen, who had served as senior vice president and CFO, became chief accounting officer. Prior to joining Tenet, Fetter was executive vice president and CFO of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Culver City, Calif. Maris Anderson, who had been senior vice president and treasurer, will continue as senior vice president and senior adviser on corporate finance, reporting directly to Jeffrey Barbakow, Tenet's chairman and chief executive officer.
Columbia/HCA Healthcare Corp., Nashville, Tenn., signed a letter of intent with Bartow (Fla.) Memorial Hospital for a joint operating agreement. Under the agreement, the 54-bed hospital will join Columbia's Tampa Bay network, which includes 12 hospitals and nine outpatient surgery centers.
Three central New Jersey hospitals have begun a due diligence process in anticipation of a possible merger. The boards of Jersey Shore Medical Center, Neptune; Medical Center of Ocean County, Point Pleasant; and Riverview Medical Center, Red Bank, announced earlier this month that they have signed a letter of intent to merge, creating a new holding company with joint representation on the board. The proposed integrated health system would have 1,528 acute-care beds, 7,125 employees, 1,327 physicians and annual revenues of $500 million.
The Cancer Institute of New Jersey, a New Brunswick-based outpatient cancer treatment and research center, added three-hospital Atlantic Health System to its network of 11 hospitals. Atlantic Health, which includes Morristown (N.J) Memorial Hospital; Overlook Hospital in Summit, N.J.; and Mountainside Hospital in Montclair, N.J., will pay a fee to join the network, said William N. Hait, M.D., the cancer institute's director. He said the amount of the fee is "strictly confidential." It pays for providing education and research services to network hospitals. Under the contract, Atlantic Health patients will have access to the institute's 105 cancer specialists and clinical trials of various therapies. The institute opened in 1993 and now logs more than 10,000 outpatient visits a year.
Two initiatives in California to build electronic health information networks have unified their efforts and will develop statewide data-transfer systems that will be complementary when completed. The California Health Information Network was established in 1993 by four of the state's managed-care plans-Health Net, TakeCare (now FHP), Blue Shield of California and PruCare of California-to reduce administrative costs and improve service to members. Blue Cross of California joined the effort in 1994. Healthcare Data Information Corp. was formed in 1995 by Los Angeles-based National Health Foundation to improve healthcare information processing statewide.
Wayne M. Lerner, former president of Jewish Hospital of St. Louis, has resigned from BJC Health System to become vice president of Lash Group in suburban Chicago. Lerner guided Jewish Hospital through the merger with neighboring Barnes Hospital and eventually into the large, integrated St. Louis-area system now known as BJC. Lerner is chairman of the American Hospital Association's Committee of Commissioners and serves on the executive committee of the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations. At Lash Group, Lerner will be a vice president working with the provider/purchase division.
Healthcare professionals have been invited to complete a questionnaire for a study on the Internet and healthcare. The study is sponsored by 3Com Corp., Ernst & Young, Sprint, Sun Microsystems and Sybase, with Ernst & Young leading the study. The survey can be accessed at http: www.hccybervision.com. Participants will receive three monographs produced by the project. The first, available now, describes the framework and scope of the project. The second will show the findings of the survey and examine the Internet's emerging impact on the healthcare industry. The third will examine opportunities and problems in future use of the Internet.