Menninger finishes move
* The Menninger Clinic completed its move to a new campus in Houston last week, transferring 29 patients and
15 clinicians by chartered jet from its longtime home in Topeka, Kan. About 80 Kansas-based employees accepted job offers and will relocate to Houston, where Menninger formed an affiliation with Baylor College of Medicine and Methodist Health Care System. Some administrative departments will continue to operate in Topeka through June, but all departments will be united in Houston sometime in July, officials said. The new clinic will enable Menninger to expand to 159 patients from its capacity of 117 in Topeka.
USC-Norris purchase OK'd
* California Attorney General Bill Lockyer late last month approved Tenet Healthcare Corp.'s $35 million purchase of 60-bed University of Southern California-Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center and Hospital in Los Angeles with conditions to preserve charity care and community services. Lockyer's office said not-for-profit USC will establish a not-for-profit foundation to fund cancer care and research trials using an estimated $26.5 million to $31.5 million in net proceeds, after paying liabilities. The approval stipulates that Tenet provide at least $825,000 in charity care and $500,000 for community-based programs annually for several years after the sale.
AHRQ offers grants
* The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality last week announced several research grants to promote healthcare systems' readiness for a bioterrorism event or other public health emergency. The agency is seeking projects that address emergency preparedness; capacity needs during and after a bioterrorist event; information technology and communication network needs; and training strategies. Public and private not-for-profit hospitals are eligible, among other facilities.