SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.A new $98 million hospital opened on Nov. 5. The 64-bed Thompson Peak facility is the third hospital for Scottsdale Healthcare. The hospital has an emergency department, 56 inpatient beds, an eight-bed intensive-care unit and six operating rooms. Services at the 230,000-square-foot facility include internal medicine; orthopedics; ear, nose and throat; and general, hand and plastic surgery. Scottsdale Healthcare is a not-for-profit community system.
CULVER CITY, Calif.Brotman Medical Center filed for bankruptcy court protection last month but is expected to maintain critical services. The 250-bed facility serving western Los Angeles was working to complete new debtor-in-possession financing of $19.6 million in connection with the Chapter 11 filing. That financing is designed to allow the hospital to fund its working capital needs during the bankruptcy. The hospital expects no changes in its emergency department but might trim other services, and has hired Michael Lane of Navigant Consulting as interim chief executive officer. Lane has worked as a consultant to Brotman for the past year. Tenet Healthcare Corp. sold Brotman to local investors in 2005 for $27 million.
LOS ANGELESHospitals that dump homeless patients on Skid Row in Los Angeles would face up to $25,000 in fines and three years probation under a proposed ordinance. The measure would make it a misdemeanor for hospitals to transport a patient to any location other than the patients residence without the patients written consent. Under existing law, California hospitals must have written discharge policies and plans with appropriate arrangements. Los Angeles City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo, who is supporting the ordinance, is investigating dozens of incidences of patient dumping. In May, he reached an agreement with Kaiser Permanente to adopt court-ordered protocols on discharging homeless patients. The City Council is expected to take up the proposed ordinance in December.
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