Hos­pi­tal deals in In­di­ana, New York, Ohio

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn.— Mercy Health Part­ners said it has no­ti­fied Scott County, Tenn., that it plans to ter­mi­nate its lease for 25-bed St. Mary’s Med­i­cal Cen­ter of Scott County, Oneida, Tenn., a crit­i­cal-ac­cess hos­pi­tal. Mercy took on the lease from At­ten­tus Health­care, Franklin, Tenn., in Jan­uary 2008 and then agreed to an amended lease with the county in May 2009. Mercy in­tends to re­lin­quish the lease as of May 24, 2012. “Mercy will make ev­ery ef­fort to help Scott County of­fi­cials iden­tify a new hos­pi­tal op­er­a­tor to as­sume the lease,” A. David Jimenez, Mercy’s pres­i­dent and CEO, said in a news re­lease. Mercy is part of Catholic Health­care Part­ners, Cincin­nati.

KINGSPORT, Tenn.— Well­mont Health Sys­tem, Kingsport, said it has acquired sub­stan­tially all of the as­sets of Car­dio­vas­cu­lar As­so­ci­ates, Kingsport, mak­ing the prac­tice’s 35 doc­tors and 220 other em­ploy­ees part of Well­mont. Car­dio­vas­cu­lar As­so­ci­ates al­ready was man­ag­ing Well­mont’s sys­temwide car­diac pro­gram, with a pres­ence at seven out of eight Well­mont hos­pi­tals. Bob Bur­gin, Well­mont’s in­terim CEO, said in a news re­lease that the ac­qui­si­tion will en­able the physi­cians to bet­ter in­te­grate into Well­mont’s hos­pi­tals, im­prov­ing qual­ity and the value pro­vided to pa­tients.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn.— The Uni­ver­sity of Ten­nessee Med­i­cal Cen­ter said it opened its $26 mil­lion heart hos­pi­tal last month. The 126,000-square-foot build­ing is ad­ja­cent to the 485-bed hos­pi­tal and fea­tures four floors, but only the first and sec­ond floors are built out. The main floor serves as a new front en­trance and atrium to the med­i­cal cen­ter. The sec­ond floor has 24 car­dio­vas­cu­lar in­ten­sive-care beds, adding to the six such beds the med­i­cal cen­ter al­ready had. The other two floors will be built out to han­dle the most preva­lent heart, lung and vas­cu­lar cases. The heart hos­pi­tal was de­signed for a po­ten­tial fu­ture ex­pan­sion that would dou­ble it to eight sto­ries.

LOUDOUN COUNTY, Va. — County com­mis­sion­ers have given zon­ing ap­proval to a $195 mil­lion, 164-bed hos­pi­tal pro­posed by Nashville-based HCA. Vir­ginia reg­u­la­tors agreed last Septem­ber to al­low HCA to move a cer­tifi­cate of need granted in 2004 to the cur­rent site on U.S. Route 50. The change was sought af­ter Loudoun County com­mis­sion­ers voted down HCA’s orig­i­nal plan for a dif­fer­ent site in the face of op­po­si­tion from some res­i­dents and com­peti­tor Inova Health Sys­tem, Falls Church, Va. Bar­ring un­fore­seen de­lays, the hos­pi­tal should open on its 50-acre site by De­cem­ber 2015, ac­cord­ing to a spokesman for HCA Vir­ginia, which in­cludes HCA’s 10 hos­pi­tals on 13 cam­puses in the state. The 337,000-square-foot hos­pi­tal will in­clude seven op­er­at­ing rooms, com­pre­hen­sive di­ag­nos­tic ser­vices and a car­diac catheter­i­za­tion lab­o­ra­tory. HCA Vir­ginia also has an agree­ment with 230-bed Chil­dren’s Na­tional Med­i­cal Cen­ter, Washington, for pe­di­atric ser­vices to be of­fered at the hos­pi­tal, to be named StoneSpring Med­i­cal Cen­ter.

ROANOKE, Va.,— Car­il­ion Clinic this month pro­posed sell­ing an imag­ing cen­ter to Lake For­est, Calif.-based In­Sight Health Corp., in or­der to sat­isfy a Fed­eral Trade Com­mis­sion agree­ment re­solv­ing an an­titrust chal­lenge. Car­il­ion Clinic acquired the Cen­ter for Ad­vanced Imag­ing in 2008 along with the mu­tu­ally owned Cen­ter for Sur­gi­cal Ex­cel­lence. A year later the FTC hit the seven-hos­pi­tal sys­tem with an ad­min­is­tra­tive com­plaint al­leg­ing the ac­qui­si­tions would dampen com­pe­ti­tion for out­pa­tient imag­ing and surgery in and around Roanoke. To re­solve the mat­ter, Car­il­ion agreed to sell both cen­ters to buy­ers ap­proved by the FTC. In­Sight Health Corp. owns imag­ing cen­ters in 11 states, in­clud­ing three in Vir­ginia. The FTC will ac­cept com­ments on the trans­ac­tion through June 21. In March the com­mis­sion ap­proved the sale of the surgery cen­ter to a group of in­vestors formed by a Roanoke nephrol­ogy group.

FORT LAUD­ERDALE, Fla.— An ethics re­view and a crim­i­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tion have cleared a North Broward Hos­pi­tal District com­mis­sioner in Fort Laud­erdale of al­le­ga­tions that his pri­vate em­ploy­ment with a de­vice­maker was a con­flict of in­ter­est with his seat on the pub­lic hos­pi­tal district board, ac­cord­ing to le­gal fil­ings. Miguel “Mike” Fer­nan­dez was in­ves­ti­gated af­ter the health district’s Gen­eral Coun­sel Sam Goren re­quested an ad­vi­sory ethics opin­ion from state of­fi­cials on whether Fer­nan­dez’s role as a gen­eral man­ager of sales for Europe and Latin Amer­ica for de­vice­maker SonoSite was in con­flict with his role as a pub­licly ap­pointed hos­pi­tal com­mis­sioner. The ethics of­fi­cials sub­se­quently con­cluded Fer­nan­dez did not have a pre­cluded con­flict of in­ter­ests, even though Broward does buy equip­ment from SonoSite. A Broward County pros­e­cu­tor also picked up the case from lo­cal me­dia re­ports. The close-out memo of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion, pro­vided by the hos­pi­tal, says that in­ves­ti­ga­tors in­ter­viewed hos­pi­tal pur­chas­ing of­fi­cials and con­cluded there was no ev­i­dence Fer­nan­dez had done any­thing to en­rich him­self us­ing his of­fi­cial roles.

The Uni­ver­sity of Ten­nessee Med­i­cal Cen­ter’s heart hos­pi­tal opened last month.

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