SHREVEPORT, La.-Willis-Knighton Health System wants to build a 75-bed hospital in southeast Shreveport, which the hospital says is an underserved area. The seven-story structure, projected to cost $52 million, will provide 269,000 square feet of floor space. An 80,000-square-foot medical office building will have space for 40 doctors. The facility, to be called Willis-Knighton Pierremont Health Center, will have a payroll of $15 million and add 300 to 350 new jobs, the hospital said. Jim Elrod, Willis-Knighton's president, said the system needs more beds to serve growing south Bossier City and southeast Shreveport. "We could just add to the existing facilities," Elrod said, "but that wouldn't make for convenient access for one part of the community that is being underserved." Just four months ago, Willis-Knighton opened a new hospital in Bossier City.
STE. Genevieve County Memorial Hospital, about 50 miles south of St. Louis, has signed an affiliation agreement with St. Louis Health Care Network. The affiliation, which is not a merger or acquisition, will expand the availability of specialized services within the Ste. Genevieve community. The 34-bed hospital and St. Louis Health Care Network have been working together for several months on physician recruitment, specialty clinics and education programs for the community and staff. St. Louis Health Care Network is a member of SSM Health Care System, sponsored by Franciscan Sisters of Mary in St. Louis. The system owns, operates and manages 22 acute-care hospitals in six states.
ST. LOUIS-Correctional Medical Services has won contracts to provide comprehensive healthcare services in state prisons in Arkansas, Idaho and Missouri. CMS is the largest provider of correctional healthcare in the United States. It serves 179 facilities in 27 states and provides care for 161,000 inmates. In Arkansas, the state will pay $19.5 million each year for six years. CMS will be responsible for care to 10,000 inmates at the Arkansas Department of Correction and Department of Community Punishment. The contract begins in July 1997. The Idaho contract is worth $6.3 million annually for five years. CMS started taking care of 3,280 of the state's inmates in October. The Missouri contract covers 20,500 inmates at 18 correctional facilities. It's worth $31 million a year. The contract lasts one year with four one-year options. CMS is a division of Spectrum Healthcare Services and is based in St. Louis.