EVERETT, Pa. -- Memorial Hospital of Bedford County has agreed to merge with University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Health System. The merger is slated to take effect Feb. 1, at which time the hospital will be renamed UPMC Bedford Memorial. Financial terms were not disclosed. The 59-bed acute-care facility would be the seventh community hospital to join the UPMC system. Bedford Memorial said it chose the system from a field of seven potential partners. After the merger, current hospital board members will make up two-thirds of the seats on a reconstituted board. The remaining third will come from the UPMC system. Both organizations will establish a charitable foundation to fund community health and welfare projects. No layoffs are planned at the hospital, and all of Bedford Memorial's 300 employees will eventually become part of the UPMC system, the organizations said.
ALBANY, N.Y. -- New York has applied to HCFA for federal funding of its children's health insurance program. Health officials estimate the state could draw an additional $255 million for its program. State funding alone will rise to $207 million in 1999 from $82 million. Gov. George Pataki's plan would expand the state's Child Health Plus program by boosting marketing and outreach to needy children and families. If HCFA approves the plan, New York may begin tapping the additional funding retroactively to Oct. 1, 1997. New York is one of six states thus far to apply for funding.