CLEVELAND-Fairview General Hospital in Cleveland, newly merged with Cleveland Clinic Health System, announced plans to spiff up inpatient services by building a $42 million replacement facility. Temporarily named the Park View Patient Care Center, the building will occupy a site overlooking the Cleveland Metroparks that is currently used by the hospital's nursing school, medical library and various offices. The four-story structure will have 144 private patient rooms that will replace semi-private rooms built in 1954. Ground will be broken next summer, and construction will take about two years, the hospital said. When construction is completed, the oldest patient rooms in the 469-bed hospital will be closed, making 40,000 square feet of space available for other uses. Fairview Health System, comprising Fairview and Lutheran hospitals in Cleveland, completed its merger with Cleveland Clinic Health System in March.
ST. LOUIS-Tenet Healthcare Corp.'s newly acquired group of hospitals in St. Louis will be run by Steven R. Stout, the company announced. Stout replaces the Rev. Jerry W. Paul as chief executive officer of Deaconess Health System. Paul joined the staff of the Deaconess Foundation. Stout has been with the Deaconess system for 12 years, most recently as executive vice president and chief operating officer. Santa Barbara, Calif.-based Tenet acquired the three hospitals in Deaconess Incarnate Word Health System effective July 1. The system also includes two long-term-care facilities, two assisted-living centers, a college of nursing and 100-physician St. Louis Medical Group.
DETROIT-The city's three biggest hospital systems pledged to increase their purchasing from minority- and women-owned companies to as much as 25% of total purchasing as part of an economic development initiative. Detroit Medical Center, Henry Ford Health System and St. John Health System buy more than $300 million locally each year, according to the office of Mayor Dennis Archer. The systems also will fund a $150,000 grant for outreach, qualification of minority- and women-owned businesses, and other projects to facilitate contracting opportunities. The systems' goals are to achieve or exceed 7% of minority business in the first year, 15% in the second year, and 20% to 25% by the third year of operation. Last week DMC announced it awarded a design and construction project worth more than $60 million to a consortium of four firms, two of which are minority- and/or women-owned.
CLEVELAND-Blue Bell, Pa.-based Omnia signed an agreement with Personal Physician Care, a Cleveland-based HMO, to manage obstetrical/gynecological care for more than 40,000 enrollees in the Cleveland area. They include recipients of Aid to Families and Dependent Children/Healthy Start and commercial lives. Personal Physician Care serves more than 68,000 enrollees in 13 counties. Omnia, which manages provider networks in six cities including Cleveland, will manage obstetrics, gynecology, perinatology, gynecologic oncology and reproductive endocrinology services.