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.
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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.
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-andservice 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