LANHAM, Md.-Doctors Community Hospital in Lanham and Genesis ElderCare, a Kennett Square, Pa.-based subsidiary of Genesis Health Ventures, have formed a strategic alliance. Phil Down, president of Doctors Community, said he sought a partner with expertise in subacute- and long-term care to help the hospital develop a continuum of care. The 250-bed community hospital serves the greater Washington metropolitan area. Under the agreement, Doctors Community and Genesis jointly own Magnolia Gardens, a long-term-care facility on the hospital's campus. While Genesis manages the facility, the hospital offers respiratory therapy, pharmacy and other services. The two parties also have contracted for Genesis to manage the hospital's new 17-bed subacute unit. Doctors Community provides the clinical staff, and Genesis provides administrative and consulting services for the unit.
GAINESVILLE, Fla.-University of Florida Health System in Gainesville has signed a letter of intent to form a partnership with Munroe Regional Health System of Ocala, Fla. The partnership is aimed at establishing joint managed-care contracting and a common primary-care physician network in a three-county area south of Gainesville, said Wayne Ross, M.D., UF Health System chief executive officer. UF operates seven hospitals, 25 primary-care and outreach centers, 30 home healthcare offices and a 430-member multispecialty faculty group. Munroe operates 296-bed Munroe Regional Medical Center, Ocala, and other related healthcare services.