OKLAHOMA CITY-Hillcrest Health Center was renamed St. Michael Hospital last month. The hospital also discontinued nonemergency pediatric and obstetrical services and plans to add new specialties to re-create itself as an adults-only hospital. The facility became part of St. Louis-based SSM Health Care in 1996. The merger agreement required SSM to operate the 137-bed facility as an osteopathic hospital under the Hillcrest name and maintain existing services for five years, said hospital spokeswoman Cynthia Archiniaco. The hospital opened the medical staff to M.D.s late last year to recruit more specialists, she said. The facility changed its name because it was often confused with Hillcrest Health Care System in Tulsa.
ELKRIDGE, Md.-Maryland hospitals' total margin fell for the fifth consecutive year in 2000, and more than one-third of the hospitals lost money, according to the Maryland Hospital Association. Maryland's 52 acute-care, psychiatric and specialty hospitals reported an average margin of 2.4% in 2000, a 37% decline since 1998. Financial problems worsened in the fourth quarter, when the average margin fell to 1.6% and almost four out of 10 hospitals lost money.
BRUNSWICK, Ga.-Reeling from about $15 million in losses during the past two years, 316-bed Southeast Georgia Regional Medical Center last month began laying off about 150 employees, or about 12% of its workforce, from the hospital and nearby clinics.