BRANDON, Miss.-Mississippi's state auditor has recommended that Rankin County sell its 90-bed hospital. Poor managment cost Rankin Medical Center $2 million in losses on a $54 million budget in 1995, said Steve Patterson, state auditor. The primary revenue drain has been the hospital's investment in a fitness center with three of its physicians, Patterson said. A hospital official said the hospital's trustees prefer not to sell the hospital. An official for Rankin County, which would make the final decision, said the hospital and county will explore all options.
CLEARWATER, Fla.-Morton Plant Mease Health Care has signed an agreement with Management Prescriptives, a Tampa, Fla.-based information services company, to help the three-hospital system reduce patient injuries. Through MP's Rework Improvement Program, Morton Plant Mease executives will be better able to identify and prevent hospital-acquired patient injuries, said David Spencer, MP's chairman and chief executive officer. The program can reduce patient costs by as much as 8%, he said. The rework program also is designed to help hospitals reduce their exposure to malpractice lawsuits and claims, Spencer said. Financial terms and the operational costs of the system were unavailable.