ROCKVILLE, Md.-Georgetown University Medical Center in Washington last week opened its second multispecialty clinic in the Washington suburbs. The opening of the Rockville center brings to 70 the number of primary-care physicians and to 10 the number of sites Georgetown has in its physician network, which covers the District of Columbia and the suburbs of Maryland and Northern Virginia. Georgetown's first multispecialty site was a 40-physician clinic in Arlington, Va. Among the physicians practicing at Georgetown's Rockville site will be members of the former Montgomery Medical Group, which had been managed by Avanti Corporate Health Systems, an affiliate of NYLCare Health Plans. In September, Georgetown completed its purchase of some of Avanti's Washington-area physician practices, bringing 30,000 new patients to the medical center.
GAITHERSBURG, Md.-Jefferson Health System in Philadelphia and Gaithersburg-based ManorCare Health Services said they have signed an affiliation agreement to provide services for seniors. Bill Seres, director of business development for ManorCare, said the affiliation initially will focus on providing a continuum of care at ManorCare at Devon (Pa.). He said the partners are discussing what services Jefferson can provide at the continuing-care retirement community, which is located between the health system's 129-bed Paoli (Pa.) Memorial Hospital and 283-bed Bryn Mawr (Pa.) Hospital. He said Jefferson may provide services such as adult day care, subacute care and rehabilitation therapy. He said the affiliation agreement could be extended to some of ManorCare's other 16 facilities in the Philadelphia area.
DALLAS-Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas may acquire Dallas-based Texas Health Resources' for-profit HMO, Harris Methodist Health Plan, executives confirmed late last month. A deal would combine the Blues' 1.7 million enrollees with Harris Methodist's 230,000 health plan enrollees. A spokesman for Harris Methodist wouldn't comment on the scope of discussions, saying they are "very preliminary." Texas Health Resources was formed earlier this year through the merger of Presbyterian Healthcare Resources and Harris Methodist Health System to form Dallas' largest not-for-profit hospital system. The discussions are unrelated to a pending merger between the Texas Blues and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois.
BALTIMORE-The physician organization of Helix Health signed a full-risk contract with Aetna U.S. Healthcare, making it responsible for managing the quality and cost of Aetna enrollees' healthcare for five years. The 900-physician group, called HelixCare, currently serves more than 8,000 Aetna U.S. Healthcare enrollees. With the agreement, HelixCare now provides care for more than 60,000 people under full-risk arrangements, including beneficiaries of Medicare and Medicaid as well as commercial insurance plans. HelixCare physicians care for more than 350,000 patients. About 300,000 of Aetna U.S. Healthcare's 14 million enrollees are in Maryland, where the company contracts with more than 8,700 physicians and 46 hospitals.
MILAN, Tenn.-West Tennessee Healthcare will purchase City of Milan Hospital for $6.3 million. The Jackson, Tenn.-based healthcare company will pay a $2.3 million acquisition fee and take on about $4 million in assumed debt. West Tennessee Healthcare, a not-for profit hospital company, expects to take over the 72-bed facility by Jan. 1. With this acquisition, it will own six hospitals in the state.
DALLAS-A new governance structure for Children's Medical Center of Dallas will include equal representation from three not-for-profit healthcare systems in Dallas: Baylor Health Care System, Children's and Texas Health Resources, the parent of Harris Methodist Health System and Presbyterian Healthcare Resources. Last month the systems formed a 10-member board to lead the 322-bed facility. Each system will have three votes with Children's president and chief executive officer, George Farr, holding the 10th seat on the board. "It is the culmination of our discussions to seek broader alliances in the nonprofit healthcare community," Farr said. The "joint membership agreement" will align resources of the systems involved toward pediatric healthcare in north Texas. Executives say the new structure will keep Children's as a stand-alone facility, unlike many children's hospitals in other communities that have been absorbed into healthcare systems. Children's management team will remain intact.
SHREVEPORT, La.-Camelot Healthcare has purchased Lagniappe Hospital, a long-term acute-care facility for medically complex and rehabilitation patients. With 146 beds, it is the largest such hospital in the state, Camelot said. Lagniappe had been owned by J.L. Carraway & Associates. Terms of the transaction weren't disclosed.
BALTIMORE-University of Maryland Medical Center is the first healthcare provider to win the coveted U.S. Senate Productivity Award since the competition was established in 1984. Maryland Sens. Paul S. Sarbanes and Barbara Mikulski handed over the award Oct. 29. It is presented annually to Maryland organizations that show outstanding quality and productivity based on the standards for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. Usually a manufacturing, service or public-sector organization wins. University of Maryland Medical Center in west Baltimore employs 5,500 people and is a noted research center.
DeQUINCY, La.-Sisters of Charity Health Care System in Houston signed a contract last month with the city of DeQuincy to manage 50-bed DeQuincy Memorial Hospital. Sisters of Charity now manages two hospitals, leases another and owns eight hospitals in Arkansas, Louisiana and Texas.
LAUDERHILL, Fla.-CareMatrix, a Needham, Mass.-based assisted-living company, said it has leased a 324-unit retirement facility in Lauderhill, which is in Broward County, Fla., in a transaction valued by the deal's investment bankers at more than $50 million. The facility, called Forest Trace Community, provides independent- and assisted-living services. CareMatrix said it has the option to purchase the facility in three years. The company said it also has agreed to build a 120-unit assisted-living facility on the site in a joint venture with the current owner, developer Stanley Rosenthal. The new facility is expected to open in 1999. CareMatrix said it plans to develop additional assisted-living facilities with Rosenthal in Florida and New York.