BIRMINGHAM, Ala.-UAB Health System purchased Eye Foundation Hospital, a 91-bed specialty facility in Birmingham, for $18.5 million. The UAB system, which owns 788-bed University of Alabama Hospital in Birmingham, announced the deal June 27 and closed it July 1. The specialty hospital will continue to perform solely vision care and vision research. A UAB spokesman said Eye Foundation Hospital had two other suitors: Baptist Health System of Nashville and Birmingham-based HealthSouth Corp. The spokesman said Eye Foundation Hospital controls about 65% of the inpatient vision-care market in Jefferson County, Ala.
MEMPHIS, Tenn.-Denver-based GeriMed of America opened its 23rd senior-health center late last month in Memphis. The center is operated as a service of St. Joseph Hospital and Health Center and offers a range of services, including health screenings and lab tests, for people age 65 and older. GeriMed is a private corporation that focuses on developing and managing primary-care physician practices that provide services to aging patients. GeriMed said it plans to open additional centers in San Mateo County, Calif., and Forked River and Middletown, N.J.
NORFOLK, Va.-Sentara Health System announced the appointment of Mark Gavens, 39, as corporate vice president and president of its south side hospitals. Gavens will oversee the administration of Sentara Bayside Hospital, Virginia Beach, Va.; Sentara Leigh Hospital, Norfolk; and Sentara Norfolk General Hospital. He previously served as senior vice president of corporate operations for Chicago's Northwestern Memorial Corp. Sentara also announced the appointment of Russell Kenwood, 45, as the new administrator of Sentara Hampton (Va.) General Hospital. He had been chief administrative officer of 125-physician Sentara Medical Group.
LUTHERVILLE, Md.-The Maryland Hospital Association has re-elected its officers to second one-year terms and elected six new representatives to its executive committee. The association is governed by a board composed of hospital and health system trustees rather than senior-level executives. Re-elected are President David Daneker, trustee of Bon Secours Baltimore Health Corp.; Vice Chair Ruth Wolf, trustee of Calvert Memorial Hospital, Prince Frederick; Treasurer Ron Wisbey, board chair of Adventist HealthCare Mid-Atlantic, Rockville; and Secretary Sister Vincentia Goeb, vice chair of Western Maryland Health System, Cumberland.
WASHINGTON-Georgetown University Medical Center is the recipient of a trust worth $60 million to be used for personnel, equipment and supplies for medical research. The gift comes from the estate of Harry A. Toulmin Jr., president of Central Pharmaceuticals before his death in 1965. Toulmin was succeeded by his wife, Virginia Bernthal Toulmin, who sold the company to a German firm in 1995 for $178 million. Harry Toulmin was the grandson of the first graduate of Georgetown University's medical school in 1852, Warwick Evans, for whom the endowment will be named.
SAN ANGELO, Texas-Dallas-based Spectrum Comprehensive Care has announced it will open a 37-bed long-term-care hospital in space leased from Shannon Medical Center in San Angelo. A Spectrum spokesman said renovations will be completed later this summer. The facility is scheduled to open in early September.