DURHAM, N.C.-A spokeswoman for Duke University Hospital and Health Network said collaboration talks between the 1,124-bed teaching hospital, part of Duke University, and Durham's other acute-care facility, 244-bed Durham Regional Hospital, have stalled. She declined to say why and said "the ball is in Durham Regional's court." Tom Gambill, vice president for health system development at Durham Regional, said no "official" discussions are taking place and none have been scheduled "at this time." Meanwhile, Duke has yet to name a successor for Mark Rogers, M.D., who resigned last month as executive director and chief executive officer of Duke University Hospital and Health Network to accept a senior executive position at Perkin-Elmer Corp., a Norwalk, Conn.-based biotechnology instrument maker (May 20, p. 30). Rogers, 53, headed the teaching hospital since 1993. It was during his tenure that talks with Durham Regional began. Rogers is now senior vice president for corporate development and chief technology officer at Perkin-Elmer.
LOUISVILLE, Ky.-The University of Louisville Hospital will break ground in July on a $12.9 million expansion of its emergency room. Already the largest in the state at its current size, the emergency room will grow from 12,000 to 30,000 square feet. Its support service areas, such as radiology, also will be expanded, bringing the total square footage of the project to 56,000. The renovation is the first project to get off the ground since competitors Alliant Health System and Jewish Hospital HealthCare Services teamed up to manage the hospital in February. The hospital drew the blueprints after facing problems with a lack of space, long waiting times, inadequate patient privacy and increasing patient volumes. Some 37,000 patients visited the hospital's emergency room in 1994. That number is expected to increase to 42,500 in 1996. The emergency room was initially designed in the 1970s to handle only 15,000 to 20,000 patients annually. The more spacious quarters should be ready by June 1998 and will provide private rooms where patients can await their diagnoses instead of being directly admitted to the hospital. The construction will be done in phases so the emergency room can stay open throughout the renovation.
MIAMI-Baptist Hospital has won the 1996 Governor's Sterling Award, the state of Florida's highest award for total quality management. Baptist's continuous-quality-improvement initiative focuses on customer service, clinical services and finances. Last year, Morton Plant Hospital in Clearwater won the Sterling Award, which is now in its fifth year. In 1994, Sacred Heart Hospital, Pensacola, and Florida Hospital, Orlando, shared the honor. The award is modeled after the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. Besides Baptist, three other winners were chosen from the manufacturing, service, government and education sectors.
TAMPA, Fla.-Management Prescriptives (MPI) has formed a business alliance with Arthur Andersen to market MPI's rework management software program. The software allows hospitals to monitor and reduce medication and patient-care errors, saving them millions of dollars in unnecessary expenses and avoiding costly medical malpractice lawsuits, said David S. Spencer, MPI's chairman. The five-year deal allows Andersen to market MPI's software and educational services through a licensing agreement. MPI's data and other research indicates patient-care errors occur in 15% to 25% of all admissions and result in additional expenses of as much as 15%, Spencer said.