BOSTON-CareGroup, a regional healthcare network, and Children's Hospital of Boston have signed a nonexclusive agreement intended to make it easier for families to receive care in one location while benefiting from the resources of both provider organizations. Among the initiatives to be explored are closer coordination of patient management between Children's specialists and the CareGroup clinicians who refer patients; support of neighborhood health centers served by both institutions; and involvement by Children's in CareGroup-owned physician practices that include pediatrics. The memorandum of understanding expands existing collaboration efforts between the two institutions. CareGroup is the parent company of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and New England Baptist Hospital in Boston, Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge, Mass., and three suburban community hospitals.
BOSTON-The Massachusetts House of Representatives unanimously approved legislation to reform the state's uncompensated-care pool by guaranteeing sharing of fund contributions among hospitals, insurers and the state. The state Senate passed a slightly different version in March. The bill now goes to a conference committee to reconcile differences in the two measures.
EXETER, N.H.-Exeter Health Resources has broken ground on a 40,000-square-foot wellness, exercise and rehabilitation center adjacent to its flagship institution, Exeter Hospital. Scheduled for completion in December, the $5 million facility has been in the works for five years but was stalled by zoning opposition from local health clubs, since overcome in court. "The future of healthcare lies with health management," said Debra Cresta, an Exeter vice president. "This building will allow us to move forward with individual prevention management."
NEW YORK-Mount Vernon, N.Y.-based Community Care Services agreed to buy Metropolitan Respiratory Services of the Bronx for $9 million in cash, notes and stock. Metropolitan provides respiratory therapy services and equipment in the New York City area. It had 1996 revenues of $11 million. Community Care said the acquisition will help it attract managed-care companies looking for a single-source supplier of respiratory therapy and other rehabilitation services and products in the tri-state area. Community Care expects 1997 revenues of at least $22 million.
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J.-Mark D. Pilla was installed as chairman of the New Jersey Hospital Association at the group's annual meeting last month in Atlantic City. The meeting was held in conjunction with the first-ever New Jersey Healthcare Congress, an educational forum and trade show that drew 2,400 healthcare professionals, including more than 1,700 paid attendees. Pilla, 43, is executive vice president of operations at Saint Barnabas Health Care System, Livingston, N.J.