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SAN AN­TO­NIO— Chris­tus Santa Rosa Hospi­tal-alamo Heights, a short-stay sur­gi­cal hospi­tal, opened Jan. 16 af­ter an open house and bless­ing cer­e­mony on Jan. 13. The $25 mil­lion, 36-bed hospi­tal is a part of not-for-profit Chris­tus Santa Rosa Health Sys­tem. The pro­ject grew out of two ex­ist­ing out­pa­tient build­ings on Chris­tus’ Alamo Heights cam­pus, with one build­ing now hous­ing the in­pa­tient short-stay hospi­tal af­ter a 7,000-square­foot ad­di­tion was built, ac­cord­ing to a Chris­tus news re­lease. The sec­ond build­ing still con­tains out­pa­tient ser­vices, in­clud­ing a surgery cen­ter and an imag­ing cen­ter. Physi­cians as­sisted with the de­sign, which in­cludes pri­vate rooms with “tran­quil” views, an on-site cafe and large pub­lic spa­ces, ac­cord­ing to the re­lease. Pa­trick Car­rier, pres­i­dent and CEO of the health sys­tem, said the de­ci­sion to build the hospi­tal was based on need and ac­cess. “While trends to build new hospi­tals in ar­eas of subur­ban growth are valid, con­ve­nience for pa­tients and physi­cians in es­tab­lished neigh­bor­hoods holds value as well,” he said in the re­lease.

MI­AMI— The Bap­tist Car­diac & Vas­cu­lar In­sti­tute of Mi­ami, part of Bap­tist Health South Florida, an­nounced that it has en­tered into an af­fil­i­a­tion agree­ment with Ger­many’s Univer­sity of Hei­del­berg to ex­change knowl­edge and in­for­ma­tion. Dr. Barry Katzen, the Bap­tist in­sti­tute’s founder and med­i­cal di­rec­tor, said in a news re­lease that the part­ner­ship will al­low pa­tients to have quicker ac­cess to new treat­ments. “Our in­sti­tute has set the agenda in South Florida for car­diac and vas­cu­lar pro­ce­dures and treat­ment, but a lot of med­i­cal in­no­va­tions are hap­pen­ing out­side the United States,” Katzen said in the re­lease. “In our reg­u­la­tory en­vi­ron­ment, it takes three to four years for in­no­va­tions to be ap­proved here. Our doc­tors, by trav­el­ing to Hei­del­berg, will al­ready have been in­volved in early stage tech­nol­ogy.” Teams of in­ter­ven­tional ra­di­ol­o­gists, clin­i­cal and in­ter­ven­tional car­di­ol­o­gists, car­dio­tho­racic sur­geons, vas­cu­lar sur­geons, elec­tro­phys­i­ol­o­gists and neu­ro­ra­di­ol­o­gists will work to­gether on care that in­cludes wellness pro­grams, en­dovas­cu­lar and open sur­gi­cal pro­ce­dures for heart and cir­cu­la­tory prob­lems.

JACKSON, Miss.— The leader of the Mis­sis­sippi Hospi­tal As­so­ci­a­tion says his group won’t fight re­newal of a tax his mem­bers pay to help fund Med­i­caid. The as­so­ci­a­tion protested in 2009 when then-gov. Ha­ley Bar­bour pushed for the hospi­tal tax. Now, the as­so­ci­a­tion’s pres­i­dent and CEO, Sam Cameron, said the tax gives hospi­tals pre­dictabil­ity in their ex­penses. “It’s no ques­tion that it has cost us some fi­nan­cial neg­a­tive im­pact for some of the hospi­tals,” Cameron said. “But very hon­estly, with­out it, the fund­ing of the Med­i­caid pro­gram would not be there.” For ev­ery dol­lar Mis­sis­sippi puts into its Med­i­caid pro­gram, the fed­eral gov­ern­ment pays al­most three, and some of the state’s por­tion comes from the hospi­tal tax. Cameron said the tax is based on a for­mula so com­pli­cated that hospi­tals rely on con­sul­tants to crunch num­bers and make sure ev­ery­one is pay­ing what they are sup­posed to pay. The tax is set to ex­pire June 30 un­less law­mak­ers re­new it this ses­sion. Of­fi­cials say the hospi­tal tax gen­er­ates about $200 mil­lion a year, and that money is mul­ti­plied with the fed­eral match. Gov. Phil Bryant, who took of­fice Jan. 10, said he sup­ports re­new­ing the hospi­tal tax be­cause the state can­not af­ford to re­place the money that would be lost with­out it. “I think (hospi­tals) un­der­stand with the cost of Med­i­caid and where we’re at in rev­enue and bud­gets, there just aren’t too many other places we can go for that par­tic­u­lar rev­enue for Med­i­caid,” Bryant said, re­spond­ing to re­porters’ ques­tions be­fore he spoke at a hospi­tal as­so­ci­a­tion lun­cheon.

The de­ci­sion to build Chris­tus Santa Rosa Hospi­tal–alamo Heights, which opened Jan. 13 af­ter a bless­ing cer­e­mony, was based on need and ac­cess, the sys­tem said.

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