HOUSTON-Sun Belt Regional Medical Center and Doctors Hospital East Loop will consolidate emergency department services. Columbia/HCA Healthcare Corp. owns both hospitals. The Nashville, Tenn.-based chain has consolidated services at four other area hospitals in the past year. As part of the consolidation, the emergency department at Doctors Hospital will be converted to an urgent-care center for patients with serious but non-life-threatening injuries, officials said. Comprehensive emergency services will be provided at Sun Belt beginning May 3. The hospitals already have a single management staff, and their medical staffs also have been combined.
AUSTIN, Texas-Southwest Regional Cancer Center has entered a partnership with the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center Physicians Network, Houston. Southwest is the first oncology group outside Houston and Fort Worth to affiliate with the physician network. The Austin-based group has 13 cancer specialists at four clinics in Austin and San Marcos.
EXCELSIOR SPRINGS, Mo.-Five hospitals that normally compete for the same patients have teamed up to focus on improving public health in suburban Kansas City. Excelsior Springs (Mo.) Medical Center; Liberty (Mo.) Hospital; North Kansas City (Mo.) Hospital; Ray County Memorial Hospital, Richmond, Mo.; and St. Luke's Northland Hospital, Kansas City, Mo., formed an umbrella group called CPR, which stands for Clay, Platte and Ray counties. The group performed an extensive community-needs assessment and will focus on improving the health habits of adolescents and pre-adolescent children.