SAN ANTONIO-Incarnate Word Health Services will spend $39.5 million to expand its hospitals in San Antonio, Corpus Christi, Kingsville and Paris, Texas, by the end of the year. The capital expenditures include $28.6 million for a new surgery/imaging center adjacent to the system's Spohn Hospital in Corpus Christi. The system, sponsored by the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, operates nine hospitals in Texas.
OKLAHOMA CITY-The administrator of financially troubled Arbuckle Memorial Hospital has resigned, saying the move was in the best interest of the hospital, Murray County and his family. Administrator Marvin Hyde had been criticized about the hospital's financial problems. Preferred Management Corp. of Shawnee, Okla., took over hospital operations June 20. The hospital board approved the hiring of Mike Pruitt as the new administrator on July 1. Pruitt is a vice president of Memorial Hospital of Southern Oklahoma in Ardmore. Hyde submitted his resignation in a June 28 letter. He had been administrator for 18 years. The hospital was forced to take out a loan to pay the Internal Revenue Service $250,000 in overdue payroll taxes early this year after Hyde admitted there wasn't enough money to pay them. He said he had diverted the funds to pay other bills. The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation is looking into allegations of employee benefit and insurance funds being used to pay operating costs.
SAN AUGUSTINE, Texas-Memorial Health System of East Texas has agreed to operate San Augustine Memorial Hospital and its rural clinics in San Augustine and Broaddus, Texas. Memorial also operates Memorial Medical Center of East Texas and Memorial Specialty Hospital in Lufkin, Texas, and Memorial Medical Center in Livingston, Texas.