BOSTON-Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Dimock Community Health Center announced a formal affiliation, which they said will continue a 30-year partnership but clearly articulate support for each other's missions and strategic goals. Under the agreement, Beth Israel Deaconess recognizes Dimock as a principal affiliated provider in Boston's Roxbury neighborhood and as a primary community health center in its regional network. Meanwhile, Dimock designates the teaching hospital as a principal hospital and affiliate for adult medical care. Dimock is one of 25 health centers originally organized independent of hospitals in underserved and poor neighborhoods. In the past several years, more than half of those centers have affiliated with hospital-engineered healthcare networks.
AVON, Conn.-A proposal by four Connecticut hospitals to jointly develop a $4.7 million ambulatory surgery center in Avon is unraveling over protests by groups opposed to limitations on family planning services. The state Office of Health Care Access refused a request by the three secular hospital partners for additional time to review alternatives with its Catholic partner, Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center in Hartford. The state has until Sept. 30 to rule on the application, but the secular hospitals say they may withdraw. Saint Francis, however, does not support attempts to delay or withdraw, saying the current proposal best serves residents. The collaboration, which also included a for-profit developer and manager of ambulatory surgery centers, arose out of competing applications submitted by the participants.
PITTSBURGH-University of Pittsburgh Medical Center System is restructuring its formal relationship with University of Pittsburgh. As part of a reorganization approved by university trustees, the university will eliminate its medical center division, which gave the system president fiscal control over the medical school. The nine-hospital system instead is negotiating a contract to provide continuing financial support to the medical school. Separately, discussions are under way to unify the medical school faculty practice plans and transfer administrative control of them to UPMCS. As part of the reorganization, UPMCS President Jeffrey Romoff later this summer will give up his university appointment as senior vice chancellor for health administration, a position that will be eliminated. The university then will merge the posts of senior vice chancellor for health sciences and dean of the medical school. A search is under way to fill the combined position.
HICKSVILLE, N.Y.-Star Multi Care Services in Hicksville said it expects to close by early October its acquisition of Extended Family Care Corp., Carle Place, N.Y., for $7.3 million in cash and stock. Extended Family posted 1996 revenues of $8.9 million. Star said it expects combined pro forma revenues of $62 million to $65 million. The completion of the deal is subject to approval by the companies' shareholders. Star provides home-care services in Florida, New Jersey, New York and Ohio.
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA-The 160-bed National Rehabilitation Hospital in Washington and 224-bed Suburban Hospital in Bethesda, Md., have partnered to offer a regional outpatient rehabilitation network. The joint venture, called NRH/Suburban Regional Rehab, links NRH's Center for Spine, Sports and Occupational Rehabilitation in Bethesda; Suburban's existing outpatient centers in Friendship Heights, Md., and Germantown, Md.; and the Physical Rehabilitation Center in Rockville, Md., which already is operated by both hospitals. The network also includes a new outpatient facility opened by the two hospitals in Washington this month. The network is expected to generate nearly $10 million in revenues and, over the next three years to four years, grow by at least nine to 12 sites. The network's facilities offer physical and occupational therapy, speech language pathology and psychology services. The hospitals said they decided to team up to achieve operating efficiencies and offer outpatient rehabilitation at multiple locations.