NEW LONDON, N.H.-New London Hospital, an 89-bed community hospital, and Capital Region Health Care, the parent organization of 187-bed Concord (N.H.) Hospital, have signed an agreement to affiliate. Under the agreement, New London will continue to own its assets and maintain its management, board structure, control over its endowment and the independence of its medical staff. It will gain representation on the board and senior management team of Capital Region Health Care, which also includes subsidiaries for home care, hospice care, community health services, imaging and orthopedic surgery centers, and a primary-care physician group.
BOSTON-Boston Specialty and Rehabilitation Hospital closed its doors Oct. 1 and transferred operations to a new 24-bed rehabilitation unit at Boston Medical Center. The move was part of a previously approved plan that created the medical center, a merger of city-owned healthcare facilities with those of Boston University. In April, when the specialty hospital had 210 employees and 70 patients, it was costing the city an estimated $700,000 a month to operate. Of the 185 employees at the facility when it closed, about 75 may be transferred to other positions, the medical center said. A committee has been formed to recommend new uses for the 52-acre, city-owned site.
BROOKLINE, Mass.-The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has awarded Harvard Pilgrim Health Care's department of ambulatory care and prevention a $1.1 million grant to conduct a 37-month study of the attitudes of academic health center teaching staff toward the expertise and competency of primary-care physicians. A study completed in 1994 by a Harvard Pilgrim physician had uncovered a "pervasive, chilly climate" toward primary-care education and practice. The same investigator, Susan Block, M.D., will determine whether academic health centers are ready to make a major cultural change in attitude toward primary-care medicine. "Although many forces are increasing the demand for primary care, the clinical faculty of (academic health centers) appear to undermine these changes through negative attitudes," Block said. A more favorable climate for primary care "would benefit patients, students and primary-care physicians," she said.