Central DuPage Hospital celebrated a new bed pavilion July 17, anticipating the hospital’s plans to move patients into the five-story, 280,000-square-foot building Aug. 7. The hospital offered tours of the new facility, which has 202 private rooms, including 74 for post-surgical care and are scheduled to appear Aug. 16 before the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board, which must approve Methodist’s change of ownership. According to the application filed with the board, the agreement calls for Iowa Health to put at least $175 million toward capital improvements at Methodist in the first seven years. The deal is expected to
Three independent community hospitals on the outskirts of Cleveland have formed a new forprofit company to support collaborative ventures intended to make the members more efficient. “We can no longer operate in isolation and expect to retain the necessary strength required to meet our mission to our community,” said Dr. Don Sheldon, president and CEO of EMH Healthcare, the parent of 285-bed EMH Regional Medical Center. The other members, which have equal ownership in the new Community Health Collaborative, are 316bed Southwest General Health Center in Middleburg Heights and 260-bed Parma (Ohio) Community General Hospital. Frank Lordeman, who has been working as a consultant since retiring as chief operation officer of the Cleveland Clinic in 2005, was named president and CEO of the new company. According to the release, the company is beginning its work with efforts in information technology, supply chain management and physician integration.
Sound Physicians, a Tacoma, Wash.-based hospitalist organization, announced a merger with Cincinnati-based Kenwood Hospitalists that will result in 26 Kenwood team members joining Sound Physicians. Financial terms of the deal were undisclosed in a news release about the merger. Kenwood Hospitalists work exclusively at Jewish Hospital Kenwood in Cincinnati, according to the group’s website. Kenwood’s Dr. Scott Nix will serve as chief medical officer for Sound Physicians in the greater Cincinnati area. The merger represents Sound Physicians’ entry into the Cincinnati market. Founded in 2001 by Dr. Robert Bessler, Sound Physicians has more than 400 physicians working in 40 hospitals and 60 post-acute-care centers throughout the U.S., according to the company’s website.