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The Univer­sity of Kansas Cancer Cen­ter, part of the Univer­sity of Kansas Hos­pi­tal, has com­pleted its ac­qui­si­tion of Kansas City (Mo.) Cancer Cen­ter for undis­closed terms, ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease. KU Hos­pi­tal ac­quired the KCCC’s 10 sites in the deal. Non­physi­cian em­ploy­ees of KCCC are now em­ploy­ees of KU Hos­pi­tal, and 27 physi­cians from KCCC have joined the Univer­sity of Kansas School of Medicine fac­ulty. No job cuts re­sulted from the deal, ac­cord­ing to the re­lease. A to­tal of 52 med­i­cal and ra­di­a­tion on­col­o­gists will work at the com­bined cancer cen­ter’s 12 sites. US On­col­ogy’s af­fil­i­a­tion with the KCCC will con­tinue in part. Pa­tients will con­tinue to have ac­cess to clin­i­cal tri­als run by US On­col­ogy, which was ac­quired last year by McKes­son Corp., and US On­col­ogy will pro­vide some soft­ware to the com­bined cancer cen­ter, ac­cord­ing to the re­lease. The deal was an­nounced in March.


Catholic Health Ini­tia­tives will ac­quire the Ne­braska Heart Hos­pi­tal, a 52-bed, physi­cian-owned fa­cil­ity, and the Ne­braska Heart In­sti­tute, a 29-physi­cian af­fil­i­ated prac­tice. The deal is ex­pected to close around Aug. 1. No fi­nan­cial terms were dis­closed. A non­bind­ing letter of in­tent lead­ing up to the agree­ment was signed in Fe­bru­ary. The hos­pi­tal and the physi­cian group will re­tain their names, but they will be­come part of the Physi­cian Net­work, a 160-provider or­ga­ni­za­tion wholly owned by CHI Ne­braska, and Ne­braska Heart will be­come the fifth hos­pi­tal in the CHI Ne­braska sys­tem, ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease. The physi­cians will be­come CHI em­ploy­ees.


The Illi­nois Health Fa­cil­i­ties and Ser­vices Re­view Board has dealt a blow to com­pet­ing pro­pos­als for a new hos­pi­tal in McHenry County. The board is­sued an “in­tent to deny” to ap­pli­ca­tions from Cen­te­gra Health Sys­tem and Mercy Health Sys­tem, ac­cord­ing to 183-bed Ad­vo­cate Good Shep­herd Hos­pi­tal, which has op­posed the hos­pi­tal pro­pos­als. Cen­te­gra called for build­ing a 128-bed, $233 mil­lion hos­pi­tal in Hunt­ley. Mercy pro­posed a 128bed, $200 mil­lion hos­pi­tal in Crys­tal Lake, re­ported a sis­ter pub­li­ca­tion of The state board said last month that only 118 beds are needed in the area, in­clud­ing 27 ob­stet­ric beds and eight in­ten­sive-care beds. Each pro­posed hos­pi­tal would have 100 gen­eral hos­pi­tal beds, more than the staff’s pre­dicted de­mand of 83 beds. The state board de­ter­mined that ex­ist­ing nearby hos­pi­tals are al­ready op­er­at­ing be­low the board’s tar­get oc­cu­pancy, and clin­i­cal ser­vices that the new hos­pi­tals would of­fer would un­der­cut ex­ist­ing providers that are not op­er­at­ing at full ca­pac­ity. The re­ports were a boost to op­po­nents of the pro­pos­als, in­clud­ing Good Shep­herd and sev­eral re­gional med­i­cal cen­ters serv­ing north­ern Kane and south­east­ern McHenry coun­ties. The hos­pi­tal pro­pos­als could be back on the state board’s agenda as early as Au­gust.

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