ARDMORE, Okla.-Sisters of Mercy Health System-St. Louis has acquired 178-bed Memorial Hospital of Southern Oklahoma in Ardmore for an undisclosed sum. Proceeds of the sale will be earmarked for use by the Southern Oklahoma Memorial Foundation to fund local charitable proj-ects. The agreement specifies that at least $750,000 will be spent over the next five years. Memorial Hospital, which will now be called Mercy Memorial Health Center, will be managed under Mercy Health System Oklahoma, a subsidiary of the 18-hospital Sisters of Mercy system. Mercy's other two Oklahoma hospitals are Mercy Health Center, Oklahoma City, and St. Mary's Mercy Hospital, Enid.
KANSAS CITY, Kan.-A heart surgeon formerly on staff at University of Kansas Medical Center has sued the hospital and several administrators. Jon Moran, M.D., claims they defamed him by trying to pin on him the blame for problems in KU's heart transplant program. In May 1995 the Kansas City Star revealed the hospital had been admitting patients for heart transplants but was turning away available hearts. Moran sued the medical center, the KU Board of Regents, the state, former Executive Dean Daniel Hollander, former Vice Chancellor Glenn Potter, former Chief Operating Officer Kim Russell, Vice Chancellor A.L. Chapman and Associate Administrator Jon Jackson. Moran left KU in March 1995. The medical center declined to comment on the lawsuit.