The top executive of Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center in Chicago is making efforts to squelch "rumors" that the academic medical center plans a deal with Columbia/HCA Healthcare Corp.
In an April 19 letter to employees, Leo Henikoff, M.D., said Columbia approached Rush, but there won't be a deal.
"We found that there were no possible arrangements that would be in our mutual interest and informed them that there was nothing further to talk about," Henikoff said. "We are having no formal or informal communications with Columbia/HCA at this time and do not foresee any in the future."
He said the rumors were brought to a head by an "ill-advised" article in MODERN HEALTHCARE (April 15, p. 6) that said Columbia has had "face-to-face" conversations with Rush, the major tertiary hospital in eight-hospital Rush System for Health.