WILMINGTON, Ohio—Clinton County, Ohio, commissioners this month voted unanimously to negotiate a letter of intent to sell the county-owned CMH Regional Health System, Wilmington, to investor-owned RegionalCare Hospital Partners, Brentwood, Tenn., according to CMH. The system's main asset is 85-bed Clinton Memorial Hospital, Wilmington. Under the outline of the deal, RegionalCare would pay $81.7 million at closing and make the following commitments: $60 million for capital projects and $15 million for physician recruitment, both over 10 years; and $500,000 each to the Clinton County YMCA and a county economic development fund, according to county Commissioner Randy Riley. After paying off debts of $35.7 million and other obligations, there would be proceeds of $55.3 million remaining to establish a community foundation, Riley said. The county hopes to conclude the letter of intent by June 24, Riley said. A spokesman for RegionalCare confirmed the tentative agreement, but declined further comment. CMH identified the other organizations that responded to the county's request for proposal. They include investor-owned Capella Healthcare, Franklin, Tenn., and two partnerships of investor-owned and tax-exempt providers: Kettering Health Network, Dayton, Ohio, with Health Management Associates, Naples, Fla.; and 513-bed Christ Hospital, Cincinnati, with LifePoint Hospitals, Brentwood. Tax-exempt TriHealth, Cincinnati, also was a bidder.
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KETTERING, Ohio—Kettering Medical Center plans to establish a proton-therapy center in the next three years at a cost of up to $80 million. The 407-bed hospital, the flagship of four-hospital Kettering Health Network, has secured financing through San Francisco-based American Shared Hospital Services to realize the ambition, which has been in the works for three years. Planners have not yet selected which of three potential vendors will supply the massive and expensive equipment, and they have yet to choose a site. The hospital intends to break ground on the project within a year, either on the medical center campus or on land owned to the south near a new Interstate 75 interchange. Kettering intends the center to serve communities beyond the system's Dayton, Ohio-area reach and will seek relationships with other hospitals throughout the region interested in treatment, which is heralded by its promoters as the best available way to attack certain tumors, such as those near the brain, eye, neck and spinal cord, with minimal damage to surrounding tissue. Eight proton therapy facilities are in operation in the U.S., though several others are in construction or development, including two outside Chicago and three in Michigan.
TOLEDO, Ohio—ProMedica Health System has strengthened its ties to the University of Toledo. Under a new agreement, the university will lead clinical education and research throughout the seven-hospital system, with oversight by a new board with equal representation from the two organizations. The partnership extends to ProMedica's residencies in family practice, sports medicine and vascular surgery as well as pharmacy, nursing and allied health programs. The university also will provide administrative support to expand clinical research conducted at ProMedica facilities. “In signing this agreement, we engage with a strong academic partner that addresses an essential need for ProMedica in achieving our vision to increase our role as an academic medical center, and to expand our capabilities in clinical education excellence, research and grants,” ProMedica President and CEO Randy Oostra said in a news release.
PIERRE, S.D.—A multispecialty group of physicians employed by Avera in Pierre is exploring a formal collaboration agreement with the local hospital, 60-bed St. Mary's Healthcare Center, with the goal of strengthening efforts to recruit doctors to the area. The collaborative agreement between the two-dozen Avera physicians and St. Mary's Healthcare could make the entities eligible for grants under the healthcare reform law, which was designed to encourage physicians to serve rural and medically underserved populations such as Pierre and surrounding regions, said Jean Reed, a senior vice president with Avera. Reed said the two entities are not discussing a merger. Rather, officials are considering some type of professional services agreement that would allow for joint planning on physician recruitment, and no deadline to formalize the agreement has been set. The Pierre physicians became part of Avera nearly two years ago, and the group will soon change its corporate name to Avera Medical Group Pierre, Reed said.
NEW ALBANY, Ind.—Floyd Memorial Hospital and Health Services acquired the Cancer Center of Indiana, which will continue to operate under that name under the medical direction of Naveed Chowhan. The center opened in 2001 under the ownership of an oncology practice, and Floyd Memorial's radiation therapy department leased its lower level. A spokeswoman declined to disclose the terms of the deal but said the center's net worth was assessed at $9 million. In 2009 the center logged nearly 20,000 patient visits and consultations.
INDIANAPOLIS—Clarian Health announced plans to re-christen itself Indiana University Health in the first half of 2011. Clarian, which has grown significantly in recent years, owns 10 hospitals in Indiana, including the 1,385-bed cluster of facilities on and near the Indianapolis campus of Indiana University: Methodist Hospital, Riley Hospital for Children and Indiana University Hospital. The new name is intended to highlight that the system's care delivered in Indianapolis and throughout the state benefits from a close partnership with the university and the IU School of Medicine. The corporate structure will be the same, and Dan Evans will remain president and CEO, according to a news release. “We want our patients to feel assured that when they choose us for their healthcare, they are making the right decision, and that when they come to Indiana University Health anywhere in the state they are assured of access to leading-edge treatments and research, and world-class clinical specialists,” Evans said in the release.
MADISON, Wis.—One of the country's most expansive state-based quality-reporting systems is adding several more measures that show how Wisconsin hospitals rate on their birthing services. The Wisconsin Hospital Association's CheckPoint website includes information on more than 90 quality measures from hospitals across the state, according to a news release. The 6-year-old site saw one of its largest single releases of new information recently, as birthing information from nearly 60 hospitals was added to the database. Parents-to-be can search the site to find out about a hospital's birthing services and each facility's performance on seven quality indicators related to the birthing process. The data are broken into two categories: clinical and safety, which relates to how services are rendered during the delivery process, and education and support, relating to information given to new families immediately after the birth and even after patients leave the hospital.
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