BETHESDA, Md.-Three hospitals have formed an alliance to coordinate their responses to man-made and natural disasters. They are 261-bed Suburban Hospital Healthcare System, 240-bed National Naval Medical Center and 267-bed Warren G. Magnuson Clinical Center at the National Institutes of Health. The partnership's goals include assuring rapid responses to emergencies; streamlining the integration of the hospitals' response plans with other community, regional and national emergency plans; and becoming a partnership model for other hospitals.
HOUSTON-Methodist Hospital and the University of Houston System said last week that they have signed a memorandum of understanding to collaborate on healthcare research and education. A final affiliation could be signed by the end of the year. Terms have yet to be worked out. An affiliation would formalize existing joint programs and create the opportunity for new ones. Regardless of whether an affiliation is signed, the University of Houston said it would begin offering its executive MBA program at Methodist. The program will be available to any of the more than 40 institutions on the Texas Medical Center campus, where Methodist is based. The affiliation would not dislodge existing relationships with other institutions, according to a news release. Methodist also is affiliated with Weill Medical College of Cornell University and New York-Presbyterian Hospital.
CLARKSVILLE, Tenn.-Gateway Health System said earlier this month that it is exploring options to finance a replacement for its 50-year-old hospital. Those options include local governments issuing $250 million in bonds, a joint venture partner or an outright sale of the 201-bed hospital, the hospital's governing board said in a news release. The current hospital is lacking in operating rooms and technology and emergency department and storage space, the board said. The board expects to make a decision in six to 12 months.