SPRINGFIELD, Mass.-Sisters of Providence Health System, which operates Mercy Hospital in Springfield and Providence Hospital in Holyoke, Mass., will consolidate acute-care, maternity and emergency services at Mercy and convert Providence into a facility primarily for behavioral health services. Providence had been operating 69 acute-care beds and 62 beds for behavioral health programs. After the transition, the facility will operate 145 beds for behavioral health and a skilled-nursing facility. An outpatient diagnostic center also will be opened at Providence, and the system's offices will be relocated there. Officials said 325 full- and part-time positions at Providence will be cut, along with 44 other positions throughout the system. Affected employees will be considered for 159 vacancies among the system's 5,300 positions.
JERSEY CITY, N.J.-Jewish Home and Rehabilitation Center, which operates a 180-bed long-term-care facility in Jersey City and a 50-bed facility in River Vale, N.J., plans a clinical alliance with New York's Mount Sinai Medical Center. Under the agreement, Mount Sinai will provide tertiary-care services to Jewish Home's patients and will design and organize continuing medical education programs at the facility. The two partners also will explore development of joint clinical programs, shared services and joint participation in managed-care contracts. The Jewish community-sponsored geriatric provider also becomes the first New Jersey-based long-term-care operator to join Mount Sinai Health System, which now includes 25 hospitals and 16 long-term-care facilities.