Columbia expands Virginia venture. Columbia Arlington (Va.) Healthcare System, a joint venture between Nashville-based Columbia/HCA Healthcare Corp. and Arlington Healthcare System, last week acquired 154-bed National Hospital Medical Center in Arlington. Terms weren't disclosed. The acquisition marks the joint venture's first expansion in northern Virginia since its formation in November 1996. The joint venture now owns the only two nonfederal acute-care hospitals in Arlington. The newly acquired hospital will be called Columbia Pentagon City Hospital.
Former Ohio Blues sells outpatient facilities. Akron (Ohio) General Medical Center has acquired three outpatient facilities from Cleveland-based Medical Mutual of Ohio for an undisclosed price. Medical Mutual, the former Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Ohio, had its planned acquisition by Columbia/HCA Healthcare Corp. killed earlier this year by state regulators. The facilities employ 14 physicians. The facilities, which served Medical Mutual's HMO Health Ohio, are in Akron, Fairlawn and Stow, Ohio. A fourth facility, in Cleveland, was sold to New York-based Telesis Medical Management and Wayne, Pa.-based Primary Health Systems.
FPA buys Conn. doc practice manager. San Diego-based FPA Medical Management pushed eastward with an announced acquisition last week of Norwalk, Conn.-based Health Partners, a physician practice management company started by two HMOs. The $115 million stock-for-stock transaction is expected to close by Sept. 30. Health Partners has 418 primary-care physicians in New York and Texas who provide services to more than 138,000 HMO enrollees, plus 65 doctors in the District of Columbia, Kentucky, Ohio and Virginia. Norwalk-based Oxford Health Plans and Woodland Hills, Calif.-based WellPoint Health Networks, which own about 38% and 20% of Health Partners, respectively, both agreed to sign contracts with FPA.
Key HCFA official selected. Nancy-Ann Min DeParle, 40, a top White House healthcare official, last week was appointed deputy HCFA administrator effective July 7. DeParle, current associate director for health and personnel at the White House Office of Management and Budget, is the probable successor to HCFA Administrator Bruce Vladeck, who will resign later this year. From 1987 to 1989, DeParle served as commissioner of human services in Tennessee.
AHCPR picks research centers. The Agency for Health Care Policy and Research has named 12 medical centers, universities and other institutions as sites for its evidence-based practice centers. The research centers will review scientific literature, conduct analyses on healthcare quality issues, and publish reports or technology assessments on their findings. The centers are the successors to the agency's former effort to develop and publish clinical practice guidelines.
Cincinnati system changes name. Cincinnati-based Mercy Health System has changed its name to Catholic Healthcare Partners to reflect its widened sponsorship. In the past 18 months it brought in two new sponsors: the Lexington, Mass.-based Grey Nuns, which transferred its sponsorship to Lexington-based Covenant Health Systems, and Villa Maria, Pa.-based Sisters of the Humility of Mary. Its original sponsors are the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas in Cincinnati and Dallas, Pa. The system operates 22 hospitals in five states. Facilities will retain their current names, but the system's eight regions will adopt "Partners" as a common suffix.
Denver partnership appoints CEO. A longtime healthcare administrator will lead the new not-for-profit healthcare company being formed by the mergerlike partnership of two hospitals and a physician network in the Denver metropolitan area. Jeffrey D. Selberg, 47, will be president and chief executive officer of the as-yet-unnamed company being formed by 437-bed Saint Joseph Hospital, Denver; 339-bed Lutheran Medical Center, Wheat Ridge; and Primera Healthcare, a 101-physician primary-care network sponsored by the two hospitals. The consolidation of the three organizations under one joint operating company should be completed this year. For the past 10 years, Selberg has served as president and CEO of 297-bed Southwest Washington Medical Center/Clark United Providers in Vancouver, Wash.