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AUBURN, Wash.— Univer­sal Health Ser­vices reached a de­fin­i­tive agree­ment to sell 120-bed Auburn Re­gional Med­i­cal Cen­ter to the Mul­ti­care Health Sys­tem. The deal, which would re­sult in pro­ceeds of about $98 mil­lion, is ex­pected to close by Septem­ber pend­ing reg­u­la­tory ap­proval, Univer­sal Health said in a news re­lease. “Over the past sev­eral years, UHS has con­cen­trated on mid-size mar­kets where we hold mar­ket lead­ing po­si­tions, and this mar­ket no longer fits our long-term strat­egy,” the pub­licly traded hospi­tal op­er­a­tor said in the re­lease. Mul­ti­care, based in Ta­coma, owns three Washington hos­pi­tals: 72-bed Mary Bridge Chil­dren’s Hospi­tal and Health Cen­ter, Ta­coma; 223-bed Mul­ti­care Good Sa­mar­i­tan Hospi­tal, Puyallup; and 411-bed Ta­coma Gen­eral Hospi­tal. Mul­ti­care Pres­i­dent and CEO Diane Cec­chet­tini said in a news re­lease that the ad­di­tion of Auburn Re­gional would com­ple­ment Mul­ti­care’s free­stand­ing emer­gency depart­ment in Cov­ing­ton, a city south of Seat­tle about 10 miles from Auburn. The sys­tem plans to build a 58-bed hospi­tal at the Cov­ing­ton site.

HILO, Hawaii— The Hawaii Is­land Bea­con Com­mu­nity, a fed­er­ally funded project aim­ing to im­prove health­care and in­crease the use of elec­tronic health records among pri­mary-care providers on the “Big Is­land,” is launch­ing a pro­gram to trans­form 30 in­de­pen­dent pri­mary-care prac­tices into pa­tient-cen­tered med­i­cal homes. The prac­tices will use free of charge the ser­vices and ed­u­ca­tional ma­te­ri­als of Trans­formed, a not-for-profit sub­sidiary of the Amer­i­can Academy of Fam­ily Physi­cians, ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease. The med­i­cal-home model makes heavy use of elec­tronic health records and e-com­mu­ni­ca­tion as well as other in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy tools, such as clin­i­cal decision sup­port and pa­tient reg­istries. The fed­eral gov­ern­ment is pro­vid­ing $343,000 in fund­ing for Hawaii’s med­i­cal-home trans­for­ma­tion project, ac­cord­ing to a Hawaii Is­land Bea­con Com­mu­nity rep­re­sen­ta­tive. The HIBC is ad­min­is­tered through the Col­lege of Phar­macy at the Univer­sity of Hawaii at Hilo. Hawaii Is­land, also known as the Big Is­land, is one of 17 com­mu­ni­ties par­tic­i­pat­ing in the Of­fice of the Na­tional Co­or­di­na­tor for Health IT’S Bea­con Com­mu­nity Co­op­er­a­tive Agree­ment Pro­gram.

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