CHICAGOSt. Anthony Hospital opened a new and bigger emergency department to serve the growing population in the surrounding neighborhoods, which brings a larger-than-average percentage of pediatric patients through the 151-bed hospitals doors. The department, at 6,600 square feet, has more than doubled in size as a result of the project. Planning for the $3.5 million project started six years ago and construction was phased to cause minimal disruption to care. The hospital serves growing communities on the southwest side of Chicago, and 50% of the patients served in its emergency department are children. The department is expected to treat 35,000 patients in its fiscal 2009, which ends June 30, compared with 25,000 in fiscal 1997. The upgrade includes a picture archiving and communication system, a fast-track area, four additional patient rooms, and equipment required by its designation as part of the citys emergency preparedness network.
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TOLEDO, OhioNorthwest Ohio Cardiology Consultants will join ProMedica Physician Group, a subsidiary of seven-hospital ProMedica Health System, based in Toledo. All 21 of the cardiologists have committed to stay when the acquisition is completed, expected March 1, said Lee Hammerling, president of ProMedica Physician Group and chief medical officer for the system, bringing the ProMedica ranks to approximately 240 physicians. The cardiology group, which serves 105,000 patients, is based in Toledo and has offices throughout the region. Theres a broad system strategy at ProMedica Health System to have heart and vascular institute development and enhance access across the 27 counties ProMedica serves, and as we look at northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan, we do have some physician needs, Hammerling said. The cardiology groups physicians, Hammerling said, have an excellent historical reputation. This group has very, very long roots. To retain that goodwill, Northwest Ohio Cardiology Consultants will keep its name.
CHAMPAIGN, Ill.A judge last month approved a settlement agreement between a large Illinois physicians group and the states attorney general, who claimed in a 2007 lawsuit that two dominant practices conspired to shut out new Medicaid patients in violation of Illinois antitrust law. Carle Clinic Association, Urbana, Ill., denies any wrongdoing or liability in the agreement, which Attorney General Lisa Madigan announced Dec. 4, 2008. Champaign County (Ill.) Circuit Court Judge Richard Klaus approved it Dec. 17. To resolve the lawsuit, Carle Clinic has agreed to participate in the states medical-home program for Medicaid patients and pay $200,000 to a federally qualified health center, as well as $40,000 toward public-health services in the community. The other defendant, Christie Clinic, Champaign, said that it would continue to fight Madigans allegations, calling them completely without merit in a written statement issued when Carle Clinics deal was first publicized.
SKOKIE, Ill.At the turn of the year, NorthShore University HealthSystem, Evanston, Ill., completed its acquisition of 234-bed Rush North Shore Medical Center, Skokie. NorthShore, known as Evanston Northwestern Healthcare until September 2008, changed the name of its newest member to Skokie Hospital, and the addition makes NorthShore a four-campus system. The deal included a commitment to invest $100 million in the hospitals clinical programs, facilities and technology, including integration into the systems comprehensive electronic health-record system. NorthShores previous acquisition of Highland Park (Ill.) Hospital in 2000 led to a landmark antitrust challenge by the Federal Trade Commission, which ultimately allowed the system to keep the hospitalit was 2007 by the time the commission ruled on italthough the deal was condemned as anti-competitive. The commission did not raise any objections to the acquisition of Skokie Hospital.
OAK BROOK, Ill.Advocate Health Care formalized talks with BroMenn Healthcare System, Normal, Ill., by signing a nonbinding letter of intent to move toward a partnership between the two organizations late last month. BroMenn is a 213-bed hospital in Normal that also owns 25-bed Eureka (Ill.) Community Hospital, BroMenn Physicians Management Corp., and the BroMenn Provider Network. On Dec. 5, 2008, Advocate signed another nonbinding letter of intent for exclusive partnership talks with Rockford (Ill.) Health System.
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