CHAPEL HILL, N.C.—North Carolina Children's Hospital, part of UNC Health Care, Chapel Hill, opened its NHL Legacy Classroom in conjunction with the National Hockey League's All-Star Weekend in Raleigh, N.C. The classroom features web-conferencing equipment and software donated by Cisco Systems that allows patients to connect with family, friends, schools and teachers. The classroom also features collaboration tools donated by Smart Technologies. Players and league officials attended the opening, as well as former player Pat LaFontaine, whose Companions in Courage Foundation has opened 11 similar rooms at sites throughout the U.S. and Canada.
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GOLDSBORO, N.C.—Wayne Health Corp., the parent company of 267-bed Wayne Memorial Hospital, Goldsboro, reported that its operating income fell by nearly half for fiscal 2010 compared with the prior fiscal year, but the parent company managed an overall net income of just over $800,000 versus a loss of $24.3 million in fiscal 2009, according to its annual audited financial statements. Fiscal 2010 ended Sept. 30 for both. Fiscal 2009 included a $30.9 million increase in the estimate of its pension liabilities that swung Wayne Health to the loss; in fiscal 2010, its pension liability increased by only $6.6 million. Operating income was $3.4 million in fiscal 2010, down 46% from $6.3 million in fiscal 2009. Revenue was $200.3 million, down 1.1% from fiscal 2009. Admissions declined 1.5%, to 12,900.
ABILENE, Texas—Alliant Purchasing has acquired the Abilene-based group purchasing organization Health Affiliated Services for an undisclosed amount. Based in Louisville, Ky., Alliant is a purchasing-and-service cooperative owned jointly by Norton Healthcare, a four-hospital health system also based in Louisville, and Blue & Co., an accounting and investment firm based in Atlanta. Alliant links its clients with contracts from Premier, a large group purchasing organization based in Charlotte, N.C. Health Affiliated Services works with more than 2,000 providers in 48 states, according to a news release. The acquisition has created an owner-based affiliate purchasing program with contract volume of more than $450 million, Alliant said in the release. “Teaming with Health Affiliated Services continues our growth into new geographic areas,” Joe Broyles, Alliant's president, said in the release. “Both HAS and Alliant are well-established organizations that exemplify the best provider models among the Premier Purchasing Alliance.”
SAN ANTONIO—Christus Santa Rosa Hospital-Westover Hills held a grand-opening ceremony for a $10 million medical office building, Medical Plaza II. The 70,000-square-foot, three-story building houses offices for physicians in a variety of medical specialties, including obstetrics/gynecology, pediatrics, family medicine and internal medicine. Currently, 45,000 square feet of the building's space is under lease or in negotiation to be leased, according to a news release from the hospital. Medical Plaza I, which opened in December 2007, is fully occupied with 20 physician groups, according to the release.
MIAMI—HCA, Nashville, has signed a definitive agreement with Catholic Health East, Newtown Square, Pa., to acquire Mercy Hospital in Miami. HCA and CHE announced that they had agreed to a letter of intent on the deal in June. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The deal is expected to be completed this year, subject to customary regulatory approvals. The hospital will remain a Catholic hospital under HCA's ownership and will continue to operate according to the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services. Mercy Hospital would become part of HCA's 12-hospital East Florida division, which includes nine hospitals in Broward, Dade and Palm Beach counties, which make up greater Miami. Catholic Health East's only other hospital in the area is 436-bed Holy Cross Hospital, Fort Lauderdale.
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