Donald L. Maloney II is the latest chief executive officer to give up the reins at Columbia/HCA Healthcare Corp.'s Chicago division, says a story to appear in this week's Crain's Chicago Business, a sister publication of MODERN HEALTHCARE. A spokeswoman for Columbia confirmed that Maloney, 47, was replaced effective immediately late last week. Sandra McRee, 41, previously chief operating officer at Columbia's Mid-America Group, is the Chicago unit's new chief. The spokeswoman declined to comment on the reason for Maloney's departure. He is the fourth top executive to leave Columbia's Chicago unit in the past 18 months.
The California Nurses Association will strike five Kaiser Permanente facilities in the San Jose area Sept. 8 and 9. Some 1,200 registered nurses will walk out of Kaiser hospitals in Santa Clara and Santa Teresa, and clinics in San Jose, Milpitas, Mountain View and Gilroy. The nurses said their strike is prompted by Kaiser's plan to open a new regional call center that will have far fewer registered nurses on duty. Kaiser spokesman Tom Debley confirmed the HMO is opening the call center with 114 nurses. He said Kaiser doesn't plan layoffs at this point. Nurses allege calls will be answered by unlicensed personnel first. The work stoppage will be the CNA's third against Kaiser this year.
Newport News (Va.) General Hospital closed its doors to new patients late last week after the state health department said it had violated state and federal regulations. The state inspected the 126-bed not-for-profit hospital on Aug. 26 as part of a complaint investigation. A spokeswoman said inspectors found "serious deficiencies" that violated state licensing requirements. In response, she said, the hospital's board relocated the facility's two overnight patients and decided to close its patient-care operations for at least 30 to 45 days.
A federal bankruptcy judge late last week accepted a $475,000 bid from a community group to take over shuttered Winsted (Conn.) Memorial Hospital. Losing $250,000 a month, the 30-bed hospital closed last fall. Community activists, backed by Ralph Nader, fought for its reopening. They plan to restore emergency care, ambulatory surgery and other outpatient services. In July the state approved the community's certificate-of-need application, which was submitted with Charlotte Hungerford Hospital in Torrington and Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center in Hartford. A wholly owned subsidiary of the community group, the Winsted Health Center Foundation, will own and operate the hospital.
Two healthcare companies said late Friday they have been served with subpoenas by federal grand juries, requiring them to turn over extensive documents as part of ongoing investigations. The first company is Wellcare Management Group, based in Kingston, N.Y., which runs an 81,400-enrollee HMO serving primarily upstate New York. The second is Hospital Staffing Services, a Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based home-care agency. At deadline, the focuses of the separate grand jury investigations were not public.
Monadnock Community Hospital in Peterborough, N.H., unveiled plans late last week to become an affiliate next month of Capital Region Healthcare, a two-hospital system based in Concord, N.H. The board of 62-bed Monadnock approved the affiliation, which will not involve a change in control of the hospital's assets or endowment. Separately, 113-bed Wentworth-Douglass Hospital in Dover, N.H., late last week completed its affiliation agreement with three-hospital Optima Healthcare, a Manchester, N.H.-based system. That deal also does not involve a change in ownership or transfer of assets.
The only two acute-care hospitals in Wichita Falls, Texas, are a step closer to completing their mergerlike partnership after the Wichita Falls-Wichita County Board approved the deal late last week. The deal would combine 202-bed Bethania Regional Health Care Center, a private not-for-profit facility, and Wichita General Hospital, a 218-bed public facility, under an umbrella company known as United Regional Health Care System. Approval from the Wichita City Council is required before the deal can move to its final stages. The council's vote is Sept. 8.