SAN DIEGOSharp Memorial Hospital plans to open a $194 million expansion facility on Jan. 14. The new 334-bed, 315,000-square-foot, seven-story structure, called the Stephen Birch Healthcare Center, includes 46 emergency/trauma beds; 10 surgery suites; 48 intensive-care unit beds; private patient rooms; 12 family support spaces; natural lighting; a jade garden; and more than 700 pieces of artwork. The hospital, which is part of Sharp HealthCare, has also fully implemented electronic health records.
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NOME, AlaskaNorton Sound Regional Hospital next month plans to complete the first phase of design of a new replacement hospital expected to open in 2012. The not-for-profit, tribally owned hospital will be located on a 40-acre site in Nome. The hospital is part of the Norton Sound Health Corp., which serves communities across the Bering Strait region, a 44,000-square-mile area in northwestern Alaska. The new 146,000-square-foot facility will include acute care and nursing and delivery, endoscopy, outpatient surgery and care, emergency and urgent care and community health. The cost of the project is estimated at between $90 million and $130 million, according to the federal Indian Health Service.
SACRAMENTO, Calif.Blue Shield of California will offer to reinstate health coverage to 678 former customers whose policies were rescinded since 2004 and reimburse medical costs, according to a settlement reached with the California Insurance Department. Last July, the San Francisco-based insurer reached a similar agreement involving 450 consumers with the state Managed Health Care Department, which regulates HMOs. The insurance department oversees PPOs and other health plans. Under the terms of the agreement, Blue Shield of California will immediately offer coverage to the 678 people whose individual, family or other policies were revoked improperly after they fell ill. This practice has been a focus of regulators in California for several years. The not-for-profit insurer also agreed to change its application forms, broker training and underwriting practices and set up a third-party review for rescissions. Failure to make these corrective actions would carry a $5 million fine. The insurance department reached a similar settlement involving nearly 1,000 customers with Health Net in September 2008.
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