WHITE PLAINS, N.Y.-White Plains Hospital Center will dedicate a new five-story patient pavilion this week. The $53 million pavilion, supported in part through donations to the hospital's four-year, $23 million fund-raising campaign, includes 64 pediatric, medical/surgical and psychiatric beds, an ambulatory surgery unit, cardiology and rehabilitation centers, and a new emergency department. White Plains recorded 12,289 inpatient visits, 74,000 outpatient treatments and 30,000 emergency room visits in 1995.
HARTFORD, Conn.-Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center will dedicate a new $113.8 million patient-care tower this week. The 10-story facility, funded through bond proceeds and donations to a $25 million capital campaign, partially replaces existing facilities on campus. It will house 42 critical-care beds, 114 intermediate-care beds and 28 neonatal bassinets. Designed by TRO/The Ritchie Organization of Newton, Mass., the building features innovations such as an enhanced pneumatic tube system for transporting materials and supplies. Gilbane Building Co., Providence, R.I., was the construction manager.
PISCATAWAY, N.J.-QualCare Preferred Providers, a provider-owned PPO based in Piscataway, said it has ceased merger discussions with Red Bank, N.J.-based First Option Health Plan, a provider-sponsored HMO. A letter of intent to merge had been announced May 6. But after completing a due diligence process, the board made a recommendation not to proceed. Concetta G. Klucsik, QualCare's director of marketing, said reasons for ending the talks aren't being disclosed. She said QualCare hopes to create an HMO product independently or through some other partnership. Caryl Russo, a spokeswoman for First Option, also declined to discuss the reasons for ending the talks and said First Option is not involved in any other merger discussions.