KIRKLAND, Wash.—The boards of Evergreen Healthcare, Kirkland, and Virginia Mason Medical Center, Seattle, have approved a partnership. The two will remain distinct entities and characterized the agreement in a news release as “a means for both organizations to work together to improve quality and grow in ways that make clinical and economic sense without costly duplication of services.”
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The organizations emphasized that the partnership is not a merger and that governance and management would not be affected. Neither organization expects to reduce services or staff as a result, they said. Officials first announced the strategic partnership agreement in November 2011 and say it will help the groups develop new care models. Evergreen Healthcare includes the government-run 227-bed Evergreen Hospital Medical Center, Kirkland, and a physicians group. Virginia Mason Medical Center is a 248-bed hospital in Seattle. The collaborative efforts will start with the groups’ cardiac- and home-care and hospice services with other avenues of clinical integration and collaboration in the pipeline. The two already use the same brand of electronic health-record system.
PHOENIX—HealthSouth Corp., Birmingham, Ala., announced it acquired 6.87 acres to construct a 48,000-square-foot inpatient rehabilitation hospital in southwest Phoenix. Construction is expected to begin in the fourth quarter and the hospital is expected to be operational by the third quarter of 2013, according to a HealthSouth news release. The hospital will have 40 private rooms and will be HealthSouth’s third in the area and seventh in Arizona. HealthSouth also operates home health operations in Phoenix and Tucson. By its third year of operation, the new hospital is expected to employ about 90 full-time medical professionals. “We are excited to be expanding our network of rehabilitation services in the greater Phoenix area,” Jerry Gray, HealthSouth’s West region president, said in the release. “This new hospital will complement our three hospitals located in Scottsdale, Glendale and Mesa,” he said.
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