MEDFORD, Mass.-Lawrence Memorial Hospital, in collaboration with its physician-hospital organization, has affiliated with Partners Community HealthCare, the component of Boston-based Partners HealthCare System that's building an integrated healthcare delivery system in eastern Massachusetts. The system-building unit, which comprises nearly 750 primary-care physicians as well as a range of specialists and subspecialists, provides various administrative support services along with access to the parent company's founding institutions. Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women's Hospital. Physicians on staff at the 164-bed community hospital will remain independent, according to a statement by the Lawrence Organization, the PHO.
NEW YORK-North General Hospital said it has received approval to operate a general psychiatric residency program. The program begins July 1 with a limited number of first- and second-year positions and ultimately will train 15 first-year through fourth-year residents. "In an era of healthcare reform where hospitals are decreasing the size of their residency programs, we are fortunate to be able to bring this service to the Harlem community," said Myron Gershberg, M.D., director of the psychiatric residency program.
BOSTON-Jewish Memorial Hospital and Rehabilitation Center has contracted with a Newton, Mass.-based company to manage a new "neuro-behavior" unit that provides services to adults with mental retardation, behavioral problems or both. Operated by Specialized Health Management, the unit also provides diagnosis and treatment of adults with dementia who are experiencing memory and behavior disturbances. "Our physicians are trained to work with patients with mental illness and mental retardation-patients who can be difficult to communicate with and treat unless the physician has been specially trained," said Claire Levesque, M.D., clinical director of the management company.
PHILADELPHIA-More than 80 Philadelphia-area hospitals have banded together to extend healthcare to uninsured children. In conjunction with the presidential summit on volunteerism held in Philadelphia late last month, the Delaware Valley Healthcare Council unveiled a four-year initiative to link children under 2 years old with primary-care doctors, provide disease screening and immunizations for uninsured children, and improve healthcare at targeted public schools. The program, called First Steps for Health, will be launched July 1 and will cost $5.3 million for well-child immunizations and screenings alone, a DVHC spokesman said. Individual Philadelphia-area hospitals have embarked on children's health outreach before, he said, but the coordinated approach across five counties is a first.