PITTSBURGH-Allegheny Health, Education and Research Foundation said it will establish a new healthcare delivery system in southern New Jersey. Pending regulatory approval, Rancocas Hospital in Willingboro, N.J., will become the first member of Allegheny University Hospitals New Jersey. Rancocas is one of five hospitals AHERF is seeking to acquire through a previously announced deal with Philadelphia-based Graduate Health System (Aug. 12, p. 10). AHERF also plans to add four or five acute-care hospitals and primary-care and specialty practices to round out its New Jersey network. Allegheny New Jersey's board of trustees will include one or two AHERF trustees and selected members from each New Jersey hospital. AHERF operates six hospitals in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh and will add seven more by early 1997 if deals with Graduate and Pittsburgh-based Forbes Health System are approved.
NEW YORK-As expected, St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center and Beth Israel Medical Center have agreed to create a single parent corporation (Dec. 2, p. 12). Tentatively called Greater Metropolitan Health Systems, the integrated system will have 2,732 beds, 3,200 physicians, 12,000 employees and a $1.4 billion operating budget. Beth Israel Chairman Morton P. Hyman will chair the holding company's 10-member board. Robert G. Newman, M.D., Beth Israel's president and chief executive officer, will head the new company, and Ronald Ablow, M.D., St. Luke's-Roosevelt's president and CEO, will serve as executive vice president.
PORTLAND, Maine-Vincent S. Conti, senior vice president of administration at Yale-New Haven (Conn.) Hospital, has been named president and chief executive officer of 565-bed Maine Medical Center effective Feb. 1. He'll replace Donald McDowell, who has been president of the hospital and its parent corporation, Maine Medical Center Foundation, since 1990. McDowell will maintain his position with the foundation.