AURORA, Colo.Last week, the 455-bed University of Colorado Hospital moved some 150 patients and about 8,100 pieces of equipment from its 42-year-old Denver location to its new Anschutz Medical Campus six miles away in Aurora. The transition from one location to the other has been going on for about 10 years, but the most concentrated portion of the move was expected to take place June 11 to 17. The process began with obstetrics on June 11, the emergency department was moved on June 14, and the operating rooms were expected to move June 17. As each phase was completed, the departments in Denver were permanently closed. The new campus has some 1.7 million square feet of building space and its own ZIP code: 80045. Its name honors a $91 million gift from the Anschutz Foundation to the hospital and the University of Colorado at Denver and Health Sciences Center.
ANAHEIM, Calif.Calif. Attorney General Jerry Brown on June 5 released a report that recommends approval of the proposed sale of 224-bed Anaheim (Calif.) Memorial Medical Center by six-hospital Memorial Health Services to Prime Healthcare Services, a Victorville, Calif.-based for-profit company that owns eight Southern California hospitals. The 70-page report, prepared by an outside consultant, stipulates that a blessing of the $55 million deal should come with conditions, which largely mirror what Prime promises in the acquisition agreement. The attorney general also set a June 15 public forum to solicit comment on the sale, which has drawn opposition from the California Nurses Association, Service Employees International Union-United Healthcare Workers-West and Latino health advocates, who claim that Prime has a history of cutting medical services at acquired hospitals and limiting access by canceling managed-care contracts. In the acquisition agreement, Prime agrees to keep all employees at their current wages, adhere to the existing charity-care policy, put $25 million into the facility in the first five years of ownership, operate the facility as an acute-care hospital with emergency services for at least five years and assume existing provider and payer contracts. Memorial, meanwhile, has said it would put the $7.9 million in proceedsthe leftovers after paying transaction costs and Anaheims obligationstoward a new patient tower at its 211-bed Miller Childrens Hospital in Long Beach, Calif.
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