GREENVILLE, N.C. -- The Pitt County Board of Commissioners has rejected a proposal by 680-bed Pitt County Memorial Hospital to become a private institution. Eight of nine commissioners opposed the plan. County board Vice Chairman Kenneth Dews said the commissioners expected better financial terms. The hospital said it would have given the county $10 million upfront and made additional payments for a total of $18 million. It said it plans to continue discussions with the county.
ASHEVILLE, N.C. -- The 389-bed Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Asheville has received $26.3 million to expand its facilities. The funding was provided in a spending bill signed last month by President Clinton. The expansion will include an outpatient-care facility and a nursing home. U.S. Rep. Charles Taylor (R-N.C.) said the center may seek more money to house one of five Alzheimer's units to be added to the VA hospital system next year.
RICHMOND, Va. -- Virginia Commonwealth University's Medical College of Virginia Hospitals has become an equal partner in the ownership and operation of Ironbridge Medical Park in Chester, Va. MCV said it now owns a third of the medical park along with founding partners Bon Secours Richmond (Va.) Health System and Southside Regional Medical Center in Petersburg, Va. The total value of the medical park was not disclosed. The partnership represents the first joint project between MCV and Bon Secours since they announced in January their plans to affiliate and share resources. The medical park operates an urgent-care center and a medical office building that houses 23 physicians representing 12 medical practices. The partners plan to begin offering outpatient surgery services at the medical park in February and are considering expanding the medical office building next year.
BRENTWOOD, Tenn. -- Birmingham, Ala.-based MedPartners said it will acquire Brentwood-based America Service Group in a stock transaction valued at $59 million. ASG provides medical services to 50,000 inmates in correctional facilities in 14 states. MedPartners, which itself is being acquired by Nashville-based PhyCor, said the deal will make it the second-largest provider of correctional medical services in the U.S. with $240 million in revenues. MedPartners became a provider of correctional care with its June acquisition of InPhyNet Medical Management.
SOUTHAVEN, Miss. -- The $40 million expansion of Baptist Memorial Hospital-DeSoto will add space to the women's center to handle an anticipated increase in births in the area. Administrator Melvin Walker said last week that after the project is completed, Baptist also will offer open-heart surgery and heart catheterizations. The plans come after three years of research by Baptist and a year and a half of intense planning, he said. Baptist delivers about 900 babies each year, but with the population growth and facility expansion, Walker projects that number will increase to about 2,000 by the turn of the century. If the state approves Baptist's application for a certificate of need, work could begin in spring or summer of 1998 and take about two years to complete.