TORRINGTON, Wyo.—Banner Health said it admitted residents this summer to the Alzheimer's care unit at its Goshen Care Center in Torrington. Proposed about five years ago, the new $4.3 million wing can accommodate up to 28 patients with dementia and Alzheimer's disease. According to Banner, it follows the Eden Alternative model of care, which emphasizes family and a homelike atmosphere. The unit is attached to the 75-bed Goshen Care Center, which is divided into three halls with 25 residents in each. Fully staffed with registered nurses, licensed practical nurses and certified nursing assistants, the Goshen Care Center provides assistance and medical care, as well as services such as physical therapy and a beauty shop.
Regionals: Downey Regional Medical Center files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and more news ...
DOWNEY, Calif.—Downey Regional Medical Center filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, but officials said all services will stay open and they hope to reorganize within a year. The 181-bed hospital has had no cash reserves since March 2008, and lost about $20 million annually over the past five years. A new management team took over the facility two years ago and in January began converting money-losing HMO and medical group contracts to PPO contracts, a spokesman said. The hospital had about 32,000 capitated members in managed-care plans with five insurers, with a monthly fixed fee from all plans of more than $3.5 million in 2008. The hospital incurred a $25 million one-time charge to exit the capitation contracts. The 87-year-old community not-for-profit hospital has about 71,000 patient visits a year. “Today's necessary actions will allow us to clean up the remainder of the financial morass that the current management team inherited that was over a decade in the making, and that we have been working to fix for two years,” said Kenneth Strople, president and CEO of Downey Regional Medical Center, in a news release.
SEATTLE—Swedish Medical Center will become a joint-equity partner in the multispecialty physician group Minor & James Medical, under a new agreement. Both are based in Seattle. Two Swedish Medical Center physicians will serve on Minor & James' governing board, while the group's 72 physicians will retain control over clinical operations. The multispecialty medical group also will remain as a professional limited liability corporation. The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Bryan Mueller, former chief operating officer of Radia, a radiology and vascular surgery practice in Everett, Wash., will serve as executive director of Minor & James. “Our key goals are to enhance medical services in the community, reduce the cost of healthcare by sharing resources and streamline processes,” said Cal Knight, Swedish's president and COO, in a written statement. “All over the country, physicians and hospitals are working more closely together for the benefit of patients and the communities they serve.”
STERLING, Colo.—In late August, Banner Health began construction on its David Walsh Cancer Center, a project that was announced in December 2008 and is expected to open in the spring of 2010. Late last year, Frank and Gloria Walsh—residents of Sterling—gave Sterling Regional MedCenter and the Banner Health Foundation a gift of $8.8 million to build the new cancer center in memory of their son David, who died of metastatic esophageal cancer in 1988. According to Banner, the 8,600-square-foot facility, which will be adjacent to the 36-bed Sterling Regional MedCenter, will offer radiation oncology, chemotherapy and infusion services, tumor registry, a physician’s clinic and a patient education center. Radiation oncology services at the center will be a satellite to the radiation oncology program at the Cancer Institute at North Colorado Medical Center, Greeley, a sister hospital within Banner Health.
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