SAN ANDREAS, Calif.-St. Joseph's Regional Health System and the Mark Twain Health Care District will open a $19.5 million replacement facility Sept. 6 for 46-year-old Mark Twain St. Joseph's Hospital. The new 49-bed hospital adjoins the old 49-bed facility, which will be converted to office space and provide some ancillary services. Stockton, Calif.-based St. Joseph's Regional manages the hospital for the healthcare district in Cavaleras County, Calif. The hospital is about 50 miles southeast of Sacramento.
SACRAMENTO, Calif.-The California Public Employees Retirement System, one of the nation's largest healthcare purchasing alliances, has allowed one of its 11 member HMOs to withdraw from its pool in the wake of heavy financial losses with CalPERS. The fund allowed Modesto, Calif.-based National HMO to leave because if it had held National to the 7.5% rate increase negotiated for 1998, "it would jeopardize the company's survival," according to a statement issued by CalPERS. National, which provided coverage to about 63,000 CalPERS enrollees in mostly rural Northern California counties, had requested a 93% rate increase for 1998 in order to stay afloat. CalPERS rejected the request. National's 7.5% rate increase was almost triple the increase CalPERS granted to its other HMOs.
LOS GATOS, Calif.-In a joint venture with San Jose State University, 209-bed Community Hospital of Los Gatos has opened on its campus a clinic to address the physical rehabilitation needs of the community. The 11,000-square-foot Physical Performance Institute integrates physical rehabilitation therapies provided by the hospital with sport and health improvement programs provided by the university. Three core services are offered: physical therapy; fitness and sports performance; and health promotion programs, such as stress management and biofeedback. Startup costs and projected revenues weren't available.