Vanguard Health Systems, Nashville, is reversing its course with 127-bed Phoenix Memorial Hospital, saying it has reached a partnership agreement with a multispecialty physician practice to reopen the hospital's emergency department and obstetric and pediatric services. Investor-owned Vanguard ended those services last fall because, the company said, the vast majority of patients using the emergency department could have been handled in an urgent-care setting and the number of live births had dropped dramatically. The emergency department is set to open this summer, and the obstetric and pediatric services are to resume in early 2004, Vanguard said. The company and its partner, Medical Professional Associates of Arizona, also have relationships at Vanguard's 216-bed Phoenix Baptist Hospital and Medical Center and 175-bed Maryvale Hospital Medical Center, also in Phoenix. The nature of the joint venture was not disclosed. -- by Vince Galloro
Vanguard will reopen Phoenix Memorial's ER
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