ELMIRA, N.Y.-St. Joseph's Hospital tightened its relationship with Carondelet Health System of St. Louis, giving the Roman Catholic system rights to appoint the majority of its governing board. The 225-bed hospital, which is sponsored by Sisters of St. Joseph, affiliated with Carondelet four years ago. Carondelet now controls 14 hospitals.
BROWNSVILLE, Pa.-An affiliation with University of Pittsburgh Medical Center will help a Fayette County hospital compete for patients covered by managed-care plans, the hospital's chief executive officer said. Officials at Brownsville General Hospital, about 30 miles south of Pittsburgh, announced the affiliation on April 14. The affiliation will allow Brownsville to share resources and information with UPMC, the state's second-largest healthcare provider, said Brownsville CEO Richard Constantine Jr. "For 80 years, the patients at Brownsville General have benefited from personalized, cost-effective, quality healthcare services," he said. "These attributes will be augmented with the expertise and capabilities of a well-renowned medical institution." The affiliation mainly will help the hospital survive under managed care, Constantine said. Managed-care plans often discourage extended overnight stays, a major source of revenues for community hospitals. An affiliation with a large medical center can attract insurers in their network to the smaller hospital.
NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J.-The Cancer Institute of New Jersey has earned the National Cancer Institute's seal of approval. The New Brunswick-based cancer treatment provider becomes the first in the state and the 56th in the nation to earn the coveted NCI designation. It is expected to help the Cancer Institute expand services, attract top oncologists and researchers and attract research funding. The federal designation comes with a $3.2 million grant to support operations of the organization, which provides care through a statewide network of hospitals and health systems.
JOHNSTOWN, Pa.-A federal judge ordered Beverly Enterprises, a national nursing home company, to reinstate all workers who were replaced after a strike at its Pennsylvania facilities. The Service Employees International Union launched a three-day strike against unfair labor practices on April 1, 1996. The SEIU said the company replaced almost 500 employees at 15 Beverly homes after the strike. The April 7 decision by U.S. District Judge D. Brooks Smith in Johnstown also ordered Beverly to maintain bulletin boards at each site for use by union personnel. Beverly said in a statement that the ruling would have little effect since most of the workers already have been rehired. The company will seek to stay the order and will appeal. Bill Meenan, Beverly's group vice president for operations in the region, said: "We remain convinced that last year's walkout by some 500 nursing home employees was illegal because of insufficient notice. We intend to pursue the matter in the courts to clarify what we consider an important aspect of labor law." Beverly contends the union did not give the required 10-day strike notice. Meenan said all but 51 replaced workers have been reinstated.
NEW YORK-Nurses and other healthcare workers represented by Local 1199 of National Health and Human Service Employees Union continued their campaign against New York Hospital in the chambers of City Hall last month. On March 24 they testified at a hearing of the City Council Committee on Health. Dennis Rivera, Local 1199 president, took issue with what he described as New York Hospital's pattern of taking control of community hospitals and then closing or downsizing them. Late last year it shut down inpatient care at two hospitals in its 17-member NYH Care Network: Little Neck Community Hospital and Jackson Heights Hospital. Rivera predicted negative long-term effects on patients, healthcare workers and communities. Nurses testified that patient care has declined at those hospitals and that emergency equipment is not up to contemporary standards.