Greene Health Partners, a one-hospital system in Xenia, Ohio, formed an affiliation with Kettering Health Network, a four-hospital system based in Dayton, Ohio. Under a joint operating agreement announced Oct. 30, both organizations retain ownership of their assets, Greene spokesman Bob Jackson said. Other hospitals also have recently signed joint operating agreements in recent months (July 16, p. 6). Kettering made a commitment to invest $10 million in Greene Health facilities, according to a fact sheet. The systems also will consider building new facilities west of Dayton, but a new hospital at another site would not be a replacement for Greene Health Partnerss 111-bed Greene Memorial Hospital, which receives taxpayer support through Greene County.
Temple University Health System in Philadelphia announced a 25-year affiliation with Tenet Healthcare Corp.-owned St. Christophers Hospital for Children, Philadelphia. The agreement will effectively close the 10-year-old Temple University Childrens Medical Center. Under the agreement, pediatric physicians and faculty at Temple Universitys School of Medicine will practice and teach at 178-bed St. Christophers, while Temple will also conduct its clinical training program in pediatrics there. Inpatient pediatric care and selected outpatient services now provided at the Temple childrens hospital will be provided by St. Christophers, although some services will continue to be provided at Temples Health Sciences Center. The agreement will be implemented in stages and completed by year-end. The pact with St. Christophers will eliminate about 35 administrative and staff positions.
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