BENTON, Ark.-Memphis, Tenn.-based MedShares said it has acquired a home-care agency in Benton. Terms of the acquisition weren't disclosed. The agency was formerly part of the Central Arkansas Development Commission, a not-for-profit company in Benton. The agency will serve patients in Saline, Pulaski and Hot Spring counties in central Arkansas. The acquisition brings the number of states in which MedShares has a presence to 14.
WILMINGTON, N.C.-The board of trustees of New Han-over Regional Medical Center in Wilmington has named Stephen A. Purves as its interim chief executive officer and president. He joined the medical center in April 1996 as its chief operating officer. Purves steps in for Jim Hobbs, who announced his resignation at the end of May. Hobbs will join Unity Health System in St. Louis on July 7 as COO.
NEW ORLEANS-Atlanta-based GranCare said its specialty hospitals division has signed a five-year contract to develop and manage a long-term acute-care hospital within 366-bed Touro Infirmary in New Orleans. GranCare said the long-term acute-care hospital will operate as a "hospital within a hospital" with its own staff and chief executive officer. The company said the 20-bed facility will provide specialized care for critically ill patients who may have multisystem failure and require intensive treatment. The patients will be referred from Touro and other area facilities. Touro said the arrangement helps the hospital complete its geriatric continuum of care. The remodeling and equipping of the floor reserved for the project is expected to be completed by September. The licensing process is expected to be completed by November. GranCare's specialty hospitals division operates three other long-term acute-care hospitals in Austin, Texas; Houston; and Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas-Nashville-based Renal Care Group said it has acquired six outpatient dialysis centers from Bay Area Dialysis Services of Corpus Christi. Terms weren't disclosed. The centers provide treatment to about 330 patients on an outpatient basis and also acute, inpatient dialysis treatment services at two local hospitals. In addition, Renal Care will manage the practices of five nephrologists. Renal Care now operates 12 facilities in Texas. It provides dialysis services through 102 centers in 15 states and acute dialysis services at 52 hospitals.
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.-Richmond, Va.-based Manorhouse Retirement Centers said it plans to build a $10 million assisted-living retirement community in Winston-Salem. Construction on the 100-unit facility is expected to begin this summer. Manorhouse currently has four assisted-living facilities in operation, three under construction and 11 in development.