Catholic Healthcare News – April 2017
Marshfield Clinic Health System has agreed to buy Ascension’s Ministry St. Joseph’s Hospital in Marshfield, Wisconsin, reports Modern Healthcare. “Marshfield’s 800 physicians see the vast majority of patients at the 220-bed hospital. About 300 Marshfield physicians have privileges at St. Joseph’s, said Marshfield spokesman John Gardner. Marshfield is a large physician group that has been slowly diversifying into acute-care. Ministry St. Joseph’s Hospital is expected to add about $350 million in revenue to the $2 billion attained every year by Marshfield. Catholic-sponsored Ascension is the nation’s largest not-for-profit hospital company.”
The President and Chief Executive Officer of SCL Health, Michael Slubowski, has resigned, having worked with SCL Health since January 2011, BizWest Media reports. He will re-join Trinity Health in Novi, Michigan, as its President and Chief Operating Officer, having previously worked for the health system from 1997 to 2010. Based in Broomfield, Colorado, “SCL Health, founded by the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth, operates a network of hospitals and physician clinics, and provides services that include home health care, hospice, mental health care, outpatient imaging, virtual health care and safety-net services.”
Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center in Baton Rouge, Baton Rouge General and St. Elizabeth Hospital in Gonzales have each been named Hospital of the Year in the large and small hospital categories by the Louisiana State Nurses Association and the Louisiana Nurses Foundation, announces BRProud. “2016 was a year filled with tragedy. The shootings in Baton Rouge, historic flooding, and water contamination in Donaldsonville all directly or indirectly affected our nurses, but despite the adversity, they rose to the challenge and continued to focus on caring for the needs of our patients” said Yvonne Pellerin, Chief Nursing Officer, St. Elizabeth Hospital.
After some worry that Anthem BlueCross BlueShield may drop Centura Health from its network, the two organizations “have finalized terms of a [Colorado] statewide, three-year agreement to take effect May 1,” according to The Durango Herald. Centura Health has 17 hospitals across Colorado and western Kansas and more than 6,000 physicians and 21,000 employees, in addition to two senior living communities, health neighborhoods, physician practices and clinics, home care and hospice services, and Flight For Life® Colorado.”
AMITA Health Offers Unique Opportunity for Medicare Recipients to Determine Whether They Have Alzheimer’s
“AMITA Health is offering a unique opportunity for Medicare recipients with mild memory loss, cognitive impairment or dementia to undergo at minimal expense a diagnostic test for Alzheimer’s disease that usually costs thousands of dollars,” reports PRNewswire. “The health system is participating in the Imaging Dementia-Evidence for Amyloid Scanning (IDEAS) Study, which seeks to determine how the use of a positron emission tomography (PET) brain scan affects the diagnosis and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease. This type of PET scan can reveal the presence of amyloid plaque, a hallmark of Alzheimer’s.” AMITA Health is a faith based health system created by Adventist Midwest Health and Alexian Brothers Health System, consisting of nine hospitals and an extensive physician provider network of more than 3,000 physicians.