MANHASSET, N.Y.—Part of the renovation project at Katz Women’s Hospital, a 73-bed facility attached to North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System’s 812-bed North Shore University Hospital, has earned LEED platinum certification, the highest rating possible in the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program.
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Platinum certification was awarded to the facility’s renovated third floor, and the same is expected for renovations on the fourth floor, said Neil Rosen, North Shore-Long Island Jewish’s director of sustainable development. The fifth floor—which is new construction—is expected to be rated gold, which is the next-highest level of LEED certification. Rosen noted that Katz Women’s is the oldest building on the North Shore University campus and was built “circa 1951.” The Stantec-designed renovation will result in 18.6% less energy being used than was consumed in 2004, and it’s projected that the third floor’s energy bill will be $11,200 less each year, Rosen said. It is only the third hospital project in the nation to receive platinum certification.
PHILADELPHIA—Prime Healthcare Services has purchased 137-bed Roxborough Memorial Hospital in Philadelphia from Solis Healthcare, the second time in recent months that California-based Prime has added a facility beyond that state’s borders. Financial details weren’t disclosed. Prime, based in Ontario, Calif., owns 14 hospitals in California, as well as one in Harlingen, Texas, acquired in November 2011. “We look forward to improving the already excellent care provided at Roxborough Memorial Hospital and continuing the strong relationships with the local physicians and community,” Dr. Prem Reddy, Prime’s chairman, said in a news release. Solis, based in Philadelphia, bought Roxborough in 2007 and paid Tenet Healthcare Corp., Dallas, $25.5 million. Prime’s news release makes note of Roxborough as a stand-alone hospital that would benefit from the money that a larger system such as Prime could provide. Solis is an investor group that included Jack Donnelly, who until October served as the hospital’s CEO. In another recent attempt to expand its reach beyond California, Prime bid to buy Christ Hospital in Jersey City, N.J., but withdrew the offer in February after sensing a local backlash at the prospect of a for-profit company from another state buying the struggling community hospital.
DOVER, Del.—All Delaware acute-care hospitals and skilled-nursing facilities have enrolled in the state’s health information exchange, according to the exchange, the Delaware Health Information Network. The exchange allows electronic transfer of clinical records between providers, as well as aggregation of community health records in a comprehensive and searchable database. The latest hospital to join the exchange, launched in May 2007 as the nation’s first operational statewide exchange, was 139-bed Nanticoke Memorial Hospital in Seaford. All of Delaware’s 46 skilled-nursing facilities, as well as 86% of the state’s healthcare providers, participate in the exchange, according to a DHIN news release. To date, the Delaware exchange has received $4.7 million through the federal program that aims to spur the development of such state systems, according to HHS. Nanticoke and 192-bed Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington are “interfacing” with the network, while the state’s skilled-nursing facilities are expected to complete training in their use of the network by the end of March.
PROVIDENCE, R.I.—Rhode Island Hospital agreed to pay $5.3 million to resolve allegations that the medical center improperly kept about 260 patients in overnight stays after stereotactic radiosurgery, otherwise known as Gamma Knife treatments, according to an announcement from federal officials. The government alleged the 683-bed hospital billed Medicare and Medicaid for the overnight stays, even though the treatments didn’t justify the extra expense of hospitalization. A Justice Department news release said hospital officials did not receive a release from any criminal or tax liabilities by signing the settlement of civil allegations, which came after an investigation by the FBI, the Rhode Island U.S. attorney’s office and HHS’ inspector general’s office. An e-mailed statement from the hospital said that all of the radiosurgery procedures were medically necessary. The statement noted that Medicaid and private insurance companies “routinely” preauthorize radiosurgery as an inpatient procedure, and hospital officials believed that the same standard practice of care should be applied to Medicare patients as well. Stereotactic radiosurgery is commonly used to slow the growth of brain tumors. “The hospital has complied fully with the DOJ investigation, but admits no wrongdoing, and by settling avoids incurring the additional and significant costs associated with litigation,” according to the hospital statement.
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