NATCHITOCHES, La. -- The Natchitoches Parish Board earlier this month signed an agreement to allow Houston-based Sisters of Charity Health Care System to manage its 166-bed Natchitoches Hospital. Financial terms of the arrangement weren't disclosed. The deal calls for Sisters of Charity to provide day-to-day management at the hospital while the Natchitoches Parish Board retains governing authority over the hospital and its assets. By linking with Sisters of Charity, the board hopes the hospital will become more efficient and more effectively recruit physicians. Sisters of Charity now manages three hospitals, leases another and owns eight hospitals in Arkansas, Louisiana and Texas.
ATLANTA -- Richard Rivers is the new executive vice president and chief operating officer for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia. Rivers left his post at Prudential Insurance in Atlanta, where he supervised operations for 32 national health plans covering 4.3 million enrollees. He had also been president of Prudential's SouthCentral operations. Rivers' position is newly created at the Georgia Blues plan, a spokeswoman said.
LOGAN, W.Va. -- A federal investigation is under way involving Logan General Hospital, according to a published report. Neither hospital officials nor investigators would elaborate on what was being examined or what prompted the probe. "We're confident we've done nothing wrong," President C. David Morrison told the Charleston (W.Va.) Gazette. Morrison is also president of Monterra Development Corp., a for-profit company that is among a group of enterprises in which he has an interest. Logan General is a not-for-profit hospital. In May, the state workers' compensation office released an audit saying Logan General and Monterra Development swapped employees in order to pay lower workers' compensation rates. The audit said Monterra Development owes the state $70,557 from 1995 and $189,518 from 1996. Officials at Logan General and Monterra contend neither acted illegally in that case.