HCA to buy Forest Park Dallas hospital for $135 million | D Healthcare Daily
HCA Holdings will buy Forest Park Medical Center’s shuttered Dallas flagship for $135 million pending approval by a bankruptcy judge. The California-based Sabra Health Care REIT, the leading creditor in the Chapter 11 filing, announced Tuesday that HCA and the other borrowers reached the agreement on May 27.
Picture this: At every step of a patient’s trip through the hospital, a virtual assistant awaits, ready to answer questions, pull up medical records — or snap photos during surgery. Hospital staff and patients walked through that futuristic hospital scenario one recent afternoon at a new simulation center at Boston Children’s Hospital. Amazon’s Alexa voice-recognition software program will help the process.
Dallas paramedics make house calls, but not much money (yet) | Dallas Morning News
Dallas paramedics are making plenty of house calls, but they’re not making much money for the city. Officials started the Mobile Community Healthcare program last year with the hope that that it could pay for itself using fees from hospitals that want to alleviate the burden on their emergency rooms. But records obtained by The Dallas Morning News show that the program is off to a slow start.
Elliot, Dartmouth-Hitchcock merger could face antitrust challenge | New Hampshire Union Leader
The recently announced decision by Dartmouth-Hitchcock in Lebanon and Elliot Health Systems in Manchester to pursue an alliance is just the latest move in a wave of consolidation that's altering the health-care landscape in the Granite State.
When surgical technician Rocky Elbert Allen was accused in February of stealing drugs from a Denver-area hospital, it was the sort of news that ended up in a police blotter. But as investigators began combing through the 28-year-old former Navy operating-room tech’s past, they say, what emerged was a startling, five-year trail of inside drug thefts at hospitals across the West. Allen was fired repeatedly yet was somehow able to talk his way back into employment–and, authorities say, more drugs.
'Heart in a box' earns $51M for Massachusetts biotech firm | Boston Business Journal
Investors Fayerweather Fund and Pharmstandard International are pumping $51.2 million into Andover, Mass.-based TransMedics, whose "heart in a box" technology seeks to vastly improve live organ transport. In the box, living tissue can last for weeks.
Three years after the launch of Maryland’s health insurance exchange under the Affordable Care Act, three in five of Maryland's eligible uninsured still lack coverage. Despite the state's outreach efforts—and penalties imposed on those who don't buy health plans—officials acknowledge that they are having a hard time reaching most residents without insurance.