JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.-Capital Region Medical Center has affiliated with the University of Missouri Health Sciences Center in Columbia. The pact should give Capital Region access to future managed-care contracts negotiated by the university hospital, and it gives the university's medical school access to a large number of patients to maintain high-quality clinical programs. Capital Region is a community-hospital training site, in comparison to the highly specialized training residents get at the university hospital. Capital Region has profited already by the arrangement. Late last month it performed its first open-heart surgery, in collaboration with the heart surgery team from the university. Capital Region has 135 beds and 1997 net patient revenue of $75 million. MU Health Sciences Center includes various hospitals and clinics that together have 599 beds and annual revenues of about $200 million.
NORTH KANSAS CITY, Mo.-North Kansas City Hospital has been granted a certificate of need to build a $95 million ambulatory-care tower. The six-story addition, which will add 329,000 square feet, includes space for outpatient imaging, pre-surgery testing, physical therapy, cardiac testing and rehabilitation, and two floors of physician offices. The hospital also will remodel the existing inpatient tower to expand the emergency department and add three cardiac catheterization laboratories. A 570-space parking garage is included in the project. The Missouri Health Facilities Review Committee approved $28.5 million in construction costs and $17.8 million for equipment. The rest of the project was not subject to CON approval. The hospital said it is enjoying unusually high utilization of both inpatient and outpatient services, necessitating the expansion.
INDIANAPOLIS-Five of eight Indiana health systems that formed an HMO earlier this year now are marketing the plan in their areas. The HMO, Indianapolis-based HealthPoint, recently began marketing to small and medium-sized employers in the markets of Evansville, Fort Wayne, Indianapolis and Muncie. It began operations Jan. 1, initially covering the employees of its owners. Each of eight organizations contributed $500,000 in startup capital. They are Cardinal Health Alliance, which is affiliated with Ball Memorial Hospital, Muncie; Columbus (Ind.) Regional Hospital; Parkview Health System, Fort Wayne; Community Hospitals Indianapolis; Deaconess Hospital, Evansville; Porter Memorial Hospital, Valparaiso; 10-hospital Suburban Health Organization, Indianapolis; and Union Hospital, Terre Haute.
ST. LOUIS-Mary, Queen and Mother Center, a nursing home of 230 beds, has received state certificate-of-need approval to renovate and add new resident rooms. The project will cost $6.5 million. Some existing patient rooms will be remodeled into common service areas, bringing dietary, laundry and bathing closer to the resident. This should produce a less institutional environment for the residents, the nursing home says.