Embattled Optima Healthcare, Manchester, N.H., is making a peace offering to community activists enraged over plans to shift nearly all acute-care services from 262-bed Catholic Medical Center across town to 243-bed Elliot Hospital (shown here, also see Outliers, p. 80). In a letter sent to Mayor Raymond Wieczorek last week, Optima's interim chief executive officer and president, Peter Davis, pledged to ask the Optima board to approve a 90-day moratorium on new construction at Elliot in preparation for consolidation. In addition, Optima would consider whether some ongoing construction could be delayed with "minimal operational and financial impact," the letter said. Optima hopes the proposal will provide breathing room for a committee proposed by the mayor to meet and discuss the hospitals' plans (Dec. 15, p. 12).
OPTIMA HOPES FOR CEASE-FIRE
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