LANSING, Mich.-Michigan Attorney General Frank Kelley is continuing to fight two proposed hospital projects in the Detroit suburbs of Oakland County. Last month his office appealed to the Michigan Supreme Court to block a certificate of need allowing Pontiac (Mich.) Osteopathic Hospital to build a 112-bed hospital in the Detroit suburb of Clarkston. In 1984 the state Department of Community Health denied certificates of need to Pontiac Osteopathic and six other applicants, citing excess capacity in Oakland County. A state appellate court recently issued a decision authorizing only Pontiac Osteopathic's project after the Supreme Court reversed a ruling that would have allowed the construction of all the hospitals. Pontiac Osteopathic maintains the current market "is not reflective of 1982 when the hospital first petitioned the state for a (CON)." Kelley's office also requested a stay of an Ingham County (Mich.) Circuit Court decision reversing the denial of a CON sought by Providence Hospital and Medical Centers in Southfield, Mich. Providence wants to build a 200-bed hospital in Novi, Mich.
WORTHINGTON, Ohio-Brentwood, Tenn.-based American HomePatient said it has acquired Worthington-based C-P Medical. Terms were not disclosed. C-P Medical operates five home-care agencies and expects 1997 revenues of $9 million. The deal gives American HomePatient operations in four new Ohio markets and brings its total number of agencies in the state to 14. American HomePatient said one of its key strategies for growth is building regional density in the states it serves to increase efficiencies and attract managed-care contracts. Since January it has acquired 21 companies with 54 home-care agencies and revenues of $64.3 million. It operates 333 home-care agencies in 35 states.
MANDAN, N.D.-Spectrum Comprehensive Care of Dallas plans to open a 29-bed long-term acute-care hospital in Mandan. The company said it will spend $325,000 renovating space leased from Medcenter One Mandan. The facility, called SCCI Hospital-Central Dakotas, is expected to open in November. Spectrum, a long-term acute-care hospital operator, has similar projects under way in Colorado, Georgia, Indiana, Mississippi, Ohio, Texas and Utah.
IOWA CITY, Iowa-Employees at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics who have been affected by the hospital's effort to cut $65 million in spending are feeling stressed, a new report said. The report by the university's Office of the Ombudsperson said complaints from professional and scientific staff at the university grew 54% in 1996-1997. The office attributed part of that increase to organizational changes, communication problems and rising standards of accountability. "The circumstances have raised the anxiety levels of many employees," it said. The rise in professional and scientific staff complaints came largely from 10 unidentified departments the office called "dysfunctional." Hospital spokesman Dean Borg acknowledged stress levels may be higher. "Any time there is change in any person's life, it produces stress," he said. "And different people react and cope with that situation differently."