OMAHA, Neb. -- A newly formed managed care network just got bigger. Omaha-based Midlands Health Partners grew last month with the acquisition of Health First, a Sioux City-based preferred provider network with 50,000 enrollees in Iowa and South Dakota. Five hospitals and physician-hospital organizations created Midlands in August. With the most recent acquisition -- for an undisclosed amount of money -- the network now serves 300,000 enrollees and contracts with 165 hospitals and almost 6,000 physicians in Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and South Dakota. Past Midlands acquisitions include Option One and Midlands Choice, two Omaha preferred provider networks, and Healthcare Partners of MidAmerica, an Omaha managed-care company. Midlands was originally formed by: 316-bed Bryan Memorial Hospital, Lincoln; Healthcare Partners of Western Iowa, a physician-hospital organization affiliated with 108-bed Jeannie Edmundson Memorial Hospital, Council Bluffs, Iowa; Healthcare Partners of Siouxland, a PHO affiliated with 192-bed St. Luke's Regional Medical Center, Sioux City, Iowa; Methodist Health Partners, a PHO affiliated with Methodist Health System, Omaha; and Nebraska Health System, which was formed by the merger of 204-bed Bishop Clarkson Memorial Hospital and 302-bed University of Nebraska Medical Center, both in Omaha.
HINSDALE, Ill. -- Ronald Sackett, 67, will retire effective Dec. 31 as president of Hinsdale Hospital and the Midwest Region of Adventist Health System. He will be replaced by Ernie Sadau, 36, the hospital's executive vice president and chief executive officer, who is being promoted. Sackett has been Hinsdale's top executive since 1994. Winter Park, Fla.-based Adventist's other facilities in the midwest region include GlenOaks Hospital and Medical Center in Glendale Heights, Ill.; and Chippewa Valley Hospital & Oak View Care Center in Durand, Wis.