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Barnes-jewish con­sol­i­dates clin­ics in new tower and other news

ST. LOUIS, Mo.— Barnes-jewish Hospi­tal has opened a new 12-story fa­cil­ity built to con­sol­i­date five clin­ics that cater to low­in­come pa­tients with limited ac­cess to health­care. The clin­ics, pre­vi­ously in an older build­ing on the St. Louis cam­pus of Washington Univer­sity Med­i­cal Cen­ter, were ex­pected to have com­pleted the trans­fer by March 26, ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease. The new Barnes-jewish Cen­ter for Out­pa­tient Health was de­signed and built to house clin­ics for pri­mary care, ob­stet­rics and gy­ne­col­ogy, psy­chi­a­try, and sur­gi­cal and wound care, as well as one ded­i­cated to spe­cial­ties that in­clude neu­rol­ogy, neu­ro­surgery, urol­ogy and or­tho­pe­dic surgery. The build­ing also pro­vides all of the clin­ics with ac­cess to ra­di­ol­ogy, lab­o­ra­tory and other an­cil­lary ser­vices. “Be­cause all of the clin­ics will be bet­ter in­te­grated with more uni­form pro­cesses, such as reg­is­tra­tion and ap­point­ment sched­ul­ing, pa­tients will ex­pe­ri­ence more timely com­mu­ni­ca­tion among providers and bet­ter co­or­di­na­tion of cross-dis­ci­plinary care,” Dr. John Lynch, Barnes-jewish Hospi­tal’s chief med­i­cal of­fi­cer, said in the re­lease. So­lar pan­els on the struc­ture are ca­pa­ble of pro­vid­ing light­ing to one floor dur­ing peak pro­duc­tion hours, ac­cord­ing to the re­lease. The 322,380square-foot build­ing in­cludes ad­min­is­tra­tive of­fices for the 1,150-bed hospi­tal, St. Louis Chil­dren’s Hospi­tal, the Site­man Can­cer Cen­ter, and their par­ent, BJC Health­care. The $98.5 mil­lion cost of the project was cov­ered by BJC Health­care’s cap­i­tal fund, a spokes­woman said. MENOMONEE FALLS, Wis.—

Seven Up­per Mid­west hos­pi­tals and health sys­tems and a med­i­cal col­lege in Mil­wau­kee have banded to­gether in a “vir­tual health­care net­work.” Qual­ity Health So­lu­tions will al­low the mem­bers to pur­sue pop­u­la­tion-based health ini­tia­tives and new health in­sur­ance prod­ucts, ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease. The for-profit or­ga­ni­za­tion is us­ing data-ag­gre­ga­tion soft­ware from In­tel­li­gent Health­care, Santa Mon­ica, Calif., to an­a­lyze the mem­bers’ elec­tronic health records and other data sources to see if health­care is be­ing ef­fi­ciently co­or­di­nated across the net­work. This spring, Qual­ity Health So­lu­tions plans to launch the QHS Health Net­work, which will con­tract di­rectly with self-in­sured em­ploy­ers, as well as of­fer in­sur­ance through tra­di­tional com­mer­cial in­sur­ers as a fully in­sured prod­uct, and will of­fer “a broad choice of health­care sys­tems as well as com­pet­i­tive pric­ing and co­or­di­nated care.” The joint own­ers, who pay equal amounts to sup­port QHS’ base bud­get, are: Ag­ne­sian Health­care, Fond Du Lac, Wis.; Aspirus, Wausau, Wis.; Bellin Health Sys­tems, Green Bay, Wis.; Cen­te­gra Health Sys­tem, Mchenry, Ill.; Columbia St. Mary’s and Med­i­cal Col­lege of Wis­con­sin, both Mil­wau­kee; Froedtert Health, Menomonee Falls; and Wheaton Fran­cis­can Health­care, Glen­dale, Wis. “we are cre­at­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for them to re­duce costs … and help­ing them to col­lec­tively ori­ent to­ward an ac­count­able-care fu­ture, which we all see as in­evitable,” Froedtert Health Ex­ec­u­tive Vice Pres­i­dent Peter Pruess­ing, CEO of Qual­ity Health So­lu­tions, said in an in­ter­view.

The new 12-story Barnes-jewish Hospi­tal fa­cil­ity will pro­vide more in­te­gra­tion.

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