Northern Cochise Community Hospital, Willcox, Ariz., has severed ties with hospital management company Brim Healthcare, Brentwood, Tenn., in a decision to operate on its own.
Northern Cochise officials said the rural, 24-bedcq hospital has made significant financial strides since first calling in Brim, a unit of troubled Province Healthcare Co., in December 1992. In February, the hospital was designated as a critical-access facility, which will allow it to receive up to $900,000 more in Medicare reimbursements annually. Chris Cronberg, who was employed by Brim, has accepted an offer to remain the hospital's chief executive officer. "Considering the progress made in the last 10 years, the board determined it was time to operate without a management contract," Pat Stark, president of the hospital's board of directors, said in a written statement.
Province Healthcare said this month it expects fourth-quarter same-facility admissions and revenue to come in below expectations, as volume from newly recruited physicians hasn't materialized as quickly as planned. -- by Laura B. Benko