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Kindred Healthcare Opens Two New Hospitals, Announces Plans for Two Additional Hospitals | Business Wire

LOUISVILLE, Ky.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–April 20, 2004–Kindred Healthcare, Inc. (the “Company”) (NASDAQ: KIND) today announced the opening of Kindred Hospital-Louisville at Jewish Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky, and Kindred Hospital-Corpus Christi in Corpus Christi, Texas. In addition, the Company announced plans to open long-term acute care (“LTAC”) hospitals in St. Louis, Missouri, and Las Vegas, Nevada, to serve medically complex patients.

Kindred Hospital-Louisville at Jewish Hospital is a 30-bed LTAC hospital located within Jewish Hospital and is operated in association with Jewish Hospital HealthCare Services. The Company also operates a free-standing LTAC hospital in Louisville under the name Kindred Hospital-Louisville.

Kindred Hospital-Corpus Christi is a free-standing 74-bed LTAC hospital that serves medically complex patients in the Corpus Christi area.

The new St. Louis hospital will have 38 beds and will be located on the campus of St. Anthony’s Medical Center. This LTAC hospital will be operated in association with St. Anthony’s Medical Center, an 821-bed facility. This LTAC hospital is scheduled to open in the third quarter of 2004 after completion of renovations and the receipt of certain regulatory approvals. Kindred has already received the Certificate of Need for this project. The Company currently operates a free-standing LTAC hospital in St. Louis under the name Kindred Hospital-St. Louis.

“Having Kindred on the campus of St. Anthony’s will help us provide an extra level of service and make it more convenient for our healthcare community,” said Pat Cook, Vice President of Patient Care Services with St. Anthony’s.

The new Las Vegas hospital will have 42 beds and will be located within Desert Springs Hospital Medical Center. This LTAC hospital will be operated in association with Universal Health Services, Inc., a national hospital company, operating acute care and behavioral health hospitals, ambulatory and radiation centers throughout the United States, in Puerto Rico and in France. This

LTAC hospital is scheduled to open in the fourth quarter of 2004 after completion of renovations and receipt of regulatory approvals. The Company currently operates two free-standing LTAC hospitals in Las Vegas under the names Kindred Hospital-Las Vegas Flamingo and Kindred Hospital-Las Vegas Sahara.

“We are pleased about this new partnership with Kindred Healthcare, which is a premier long-term care provider in the Las Vegas area,” said Carl W. Fitch Sr., CEO/Managing Director of Desert Springs Hospital Medical Center.

“We look forward to serving patients in the Corpus Christi market as well as expanding our services in the Louisville, St. Louis and Las Vegas markets,” said Paul J. Diaz, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company.

Kindred Healthcare, Inc. is a national healthcare services company operating hospitals, nursing centers, institutional pharmacies and a contract rehabilitation services business.

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Lean Healthcare – Streamlining Primary Care Services

Lean Healthcare – Streamlining Primary Care Services


This VA Hospital is a small facility focused on the Primary Care, Rehabilitation and Mental Health needs of its Veteran-Patients. Most surgeries and other specialties are handled at the larger regional hub medical center.

Given the focused mission of this smaller medical center they decided to focus Lean Six Sigma on improving patient service in Primary Care. The quality of care in this medical center was excellent, but seeing patients at their appointment time was poor. Only 9% of patients were seen on-time for their primary care appointment. This caused stress for patients and for the healthcare providers (Support Staff, Nurses and Physicians).

Project Overview

  • Initial Assessment
  • Performance Scorecard
  • 5S Visual Management
  • Spaghetti Diagrams
  • Time Study / Quickchangeover

We used a variety of Lean tools, over an 8 week period, to improve on-time delivery of care to patients. Each one will be covered separately.

However, before we go into the details, I will cover how we decided to use the tools show above. An initial assessment of the department showed three problems.

The first was a lack of awareness of how the department was performing. Doctors, Nurses and support staff worked all day, went home and had no idea how the overall department had performed that day. They know how they did, and how their patients were feeling, but there was no connection with the overall Primary Care organization. Everyone worked in their own silo.

The second problem was a general lack of organization and standardization in the workplace. The hallways were cluttered and every exam room was set up differently. It was hard for patients in wheelchairs to maneuver around hallway obstacles. Providers had to walk around, from room to room looking for instruments and information.

Finally, there was an on-time delivery of care problem due to rooms being used for exams, longer than scheduled. The department was properly staffed, and technically has enough space, but there was often a lack of rooms available when a patient was ready scheduled to be examined.

Consequently, patients were rarely seen at their appointment time. Not seeing patients on time caused them to wait longer and leave the exam later than expected. This resulted in a culture of inefficiency, disorganization and a lack of timeliness. Patients learned to come late to appointments, because they knew they wouldn’t be seen on time. Providers got frustrated at the lack of organization in the workplace and had to stay at the hospital longer than their normal shift

Performance Scorecards Lean is a set of tools to identify and eliminate non-value-added activities. It creates visibility. The first step in our Lean journey was to create visibility. The Lean Team (Doctors, Nurses, Support Staff) created the Primary Care Performance Scorecard. This scorecard represents a few key performance indicators.

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Exactly where To Go For Health care Treatment in Hangzhou, China

Exactly where To Go For Health care Treatment in Hangzhou, China

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Hangzhou is a town blessed with immense natural attractiveness and a wealthy historic heritage. It is also the capital of the Zhejiang Province of China. Aside from currently being a tourist attraction, the town is also an important hub for economic action. It has been called the “Cultural Point out”, the “Tea Funds” and the “City of Fish and Rice”. The town lies together the Qiantang River in the delta area of Yang-Tze-Kiang.

Sir Operate Operate Shaw Medical center (SRRSH) is a reputable medical center in Hangzhou and is considered just one of the most effective hospitals in the jap area of China. This is the initially medical center in mainland China to be accredited by the Joint Fee International. The medical center is a key healthcare service provider in Hangzhou and has a 1200 bed ability. The medical center provides excellent providers and receives a significant selection of foreign people per year. To aid the procedure and remain of the going to people the medical center has an International Assistance Clinic which is staffed by bilingual nurses and primary care physicians.

An important medical center for the town, Hangzhou City Medical center is outfitted with newest medical technological innovation. The medical center is a entire healthcare institution which covers the entire vary of medical requirements for the full relatives. The medical center is very well taken care of and the providers been given at this medical center are excellent. Owing to its popularity and its staff of proficient doctors, the medical center receives a significant selection of people from inside of the town. The medical center can be discovered at Hangzhou…


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Proposed Clinical Facilities in Bandung, Indonesia

Proposed Clinical Facilities in Bandung, Indonesia

Bandung is the money metropolis of the province of West Java, Indonesia. Bandung is located about 768 m higher than the sea stage, and as a result has gentle temperatures the complete yr. The normal rainfall that this metropolis gets ranges from 1,000 meters to three,500 meters. The metropolis of Bandung is fully surrounded by energetic volcanoes and the normal temperature is 22 degrees centigrade.

Bandung has been a hub for investigation and improvement and has attracted many overseas collaborators in its most current developments and in its cure of a variety of ailments. Most medical professionals in Bandung comprehend English conveniently making conversation a non challenge. The adhering to are some of the good hospitals one can obtain in Bandung.

Bandung Adventist Medical center: This healthcare facility has facilities for the cure of all sorts of ailments, and as a result is one of the most well-known hospitals in the complete place. The healthcare facility is properly endowed with fashionable facilities and solutions for the cure of cardiology, neurology, gastroenterology, and basic surgery. 12 of the hospital’s key solutions are endorsed wholeheartedly by the Indonesian Govt.

Santosa Bandung Medical center: This healthcare facility is of international repute, and has branches in most fashionable cities of the entire world. Santosa Bandung healthcare facility is geared up with about 400 beds, and occupies a huge area of 36,000 sq. meters. The healthcare facility commenced its operations in the yr 2006 when it was inaugurated by the Indonesian Wellbeing Minister – Dr. Siti Fadilh Supari. The healthcare facility is properly…


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Healthcare Provider, HealthCare Partners, CEO Dr. Robert Margolis Honored for Hospital Philanthropy

Healthcare Provider, HealthCare Partners, CEO Dr. Robert Margolis Honored for Hospital Philanthropy

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Torrance, CA (PRWEB) November 17, 2008

Robert J. Margolis, MD, CEO of HealthCare Partners LLC, a healthcare provider with operations in California, Nevada, Florida, and Utah, headquartered in Torrance, California was honored by the Legacy Society of the California Hospital Medical Center Foundation on Thursday, Oct. 2, for his philanthropic leadership and support of the hospital.

Dr. Margolis — a long-time member and past chair of California Hospital Medical Center's Community and Foundation Boards — received the Legacy Society's Lantern of Hope Award for his role as a volunteer fundraiser for the hospital and healthcare provider.

Bruce Greenfield, MD, chief of staff at California Hospital Medical Center, presented the award to Dr. Margolis at the foundation's 15th Annual Legacy Celebration, held in the Keck Auditorium on the hospital's campus. He referred to Dr. Margolis as a “respected healthcare provider and leader for his thoughtful vision and understanding of the dynamics of the healthcare marketplace.”

Dr. Greenfield commended Dr. Margolis on his 20 years' experience in the managed care industry and his efforts on behalf of the California Hospital Medical Center. “In 2007, Dr. Margolis and his wife, Lisa, made a significant multi-year commitment in support of the When Seconds Count capital campaign for the trauma and emergency services department expansion project,” Dr. Greenfield said. “In his role as a volunteer fundraiser for the hospital, Dr. Margolis understands the importance of leading by example.”

Dr. Margolis was one of three individuals honored that evening by the Legacy Society for their philanthropic activities on behalf of the hospital. The other two honorees were Patricia Britt, RN, director of Pediatrics and Couplet Care at California Hospital, and Judy Caddies, longtime member and past president of the hospital's Auxiliary.

Dr. Margolis was a founding partner and the managing partner of California Primary Physicians Medical Group, one of the organizations from which HealthCare Partners was formed. Under Dr. Margolis' leadership, HealthCare Partners has become a highly respected and innovative physician-owned and operated healthcare provider and medical group as well as an Independent Physician Association (IPA) and Management Services Organization (MSO). Dr. Margolis currently serves as chairman of the Board of the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) and as a member of the Executive Management School Advisory Committee, UCLA School of Public Health. He is immediate past Chairman of the board of the California Association of Physician Groups (CAPG) and the California Hospital Medical Center.

Dr. Margolis is Board certified in internal medicine and medical oncology, and while practicing medicine, was an active member of the American College of Physicians and the American Society of Clinical Oncology. He is a graduate of Rutgers University and the Duke University Medical School and served a fellowship at the National Cancer Institute.

About HealthCare Partners Affiliates Medical Group and HealthCare Partners, LLC (HCP):

HCP is a premier healthcare provider that manages and operates medical groups and affiliated physician networks nationally in its pursuit of excellent quality healthcare delivered in a dignified and compassionate manner. HCP operates HealthCare Partners Affiliates Medical Group (California), JSA Healthcare Corporation (Florida, Nevada, and Utah), The Camden Group (national consulting firm), and HealthCare Partners Institute. A leader in multispecialty integrated and coordinated care delivery, HCP's medical groups and affiliated physicians care for more than 742,000 patients, including more than 141,000 Medicare Advantage members nationally.

HealthCare Partners Affiliates Medical Group (HCPAMG) has earned awards for clinical excellence and patient satisfaction from the Integrated Healthcare Association, and has been recognized by health plans and business groups for medical leadership, the high quality of medical care delivered, operational effectiveness, and high rates of patient satisfaction. HCPAMG employs 500+ primary healthcare providers and specialty physicians who provide healthcare for patients in Los Angeles County and north Orange County, California, through 47 neighborhood offices, that include five urgent care centers, three medical spas, an ambulatory surgery center, and an on-site office at a large employer. HCP's network of affiliated physicians, with the addition of PA, represents over 600 affiliated primary care physicians in hundreds of Greater Los Angeles area locations.

In 2006 HealthCare Partners, LLC acquired JSA Healthcare Corporation, one of the leading healthcare provider organizations in Central Florida, which owns and operates 27 primary care clinics with 46 primary care and specialty physicians, has eight pharmacies, and manages an affiliated physician network with 70 physicians in 44Tampa Bay and Orlando area locations.

Nevada and Utah operations include Summit Medical Group and affiliated physicians who have 89 locations with 233 physicians, P5 Health Plan Solutions (third party administration and medical management), Lexon Medical Resources (medical billing and practice management consulting) and File Management Services (file management and archive records storage).

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HCA Announces Agreements to Acquire Two Texas Hospitals from Community Health Systems | Business Wire

HCA Announces Agreements to Acquire Two Texas Hospitals from Community Health Systems | Business Wire

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NASHVILLE, Tenn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–HCA (NYSE: HCA), which operates 171 hospitals, 119 freestanding surgery

centers, and numerous other outpatient centers in 20 states and the

United Kingdom, today announced agreements to acquire two Texas

hospitals from subsidiaries of Community Health Systems.

The two hospitals are Tomball Regional Medical Center, a 350-bed

hospital in the Houston area, and South Texas Regional Medical Center, a

67-bed hospital in Jourdanton, Texas, south of San Antonio. HCA has a

strong presence in both areas. South Texas Regional Medical Center will

be acquired through HCA’s partnership with Methodist Healthcare


“Tomball Regional and South Texas Regional will fit in nicely with our

provider systems in both Houston and San Antonio,” said Sam Hazen,

president and chief operating officer of HCA. “The addition of these two

hospitals will enhance our ability to meet the medical needs in both

areas and improve patient access to our provider networks.”

In San Antonio, HCA co-owns Methodist Healthcare System of San Antonio,

Ltd., L.L.P., in a partnership with Methodist Healthcare Ministries. It

includes eight hospitals and two freestanding ERs. In Houston, HCA has a

comprehensive network of 10 hospitals, eight surgery centers, and two

freestanding ERs.

The transaction, which is subject to regulatory approval, is expected to

close in the summer of 2017.

About HCA

Nashville-based HCA is one of the nation’s leading providers of

healthcare services, operating 171 locally managed hospitals and 119

freestanding surgery centers in 20 states and the United Kingdom. With

its founding in 1968, HCA created a new model for hospital care in the

United States, using combined resources to strengthen hospitals, deliver

patient-focused care and improve the practice of medicine. HCA has

conducted a number of clinical studies, including one that demonstrated

that full-term delivery is healthier than early elective delivery of

babies and another that identified a clinical protocol that can reduce

bloodstream infections in ICU patients by 44 percent. HCA is a learning

healthcare system that uses its more than 27 million annual patient

encounters to advance science, improve patient care and save lives.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the

meaning of the federal securities laws, which involve risks and

uncertainties. Forward-looking statements include statements that do not

relate solely to historical or current facts. Forward-looking statements

can be identified by the use of words like “may,” “believe,” “will,”

“expect,” “project,” “estimate,” “anticipate,” “plan,” “initiative” or

“continue.” These forward-looking statements are based on our current

plans and expectations and are subject to a number of known and unknown

uncertainties and risks, many of which are beyond our control, which

could significantly affect current plans and expectations and our future

financial position and results of operations. These factors include, but

are not limited to, the ability to consummate and realize the benefits

of the proposed acquisition as well as the risk factors described in our

annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2016 and our

other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Many of the

factors that will determine our future results are beyond our ability to

control or predict. In light of the significant uncertainties inherent

in the forward-looking statements contained herein, readers should not

place undue reliance on forward-looking statements, which reflect

management’s views only as of the date hereof. We undertake no

obligation to revise or update any forward-looking statements, or to

make any other forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new

information, future events or otherwise.

All references to “Company” and “HCA” as used throughout this

document refer to HCA Holdings, Inc. and its affiliates.

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CarePoint Health Launches in Hudson County, New Jersey | Business Wire

CarePoint Health Launches in Hudson County, New Jersey | Business Wire

JERSEY CITY, N.J.–()–In an effort to improve the quality and affordability of healthcare in

one of the nation’s most densely populated counties, CarePoint Health

launched today. This new healthcare system unites three area hospitals

and offers fully coordinated, patient-focused care through a seamless

integration of medical facilities, physician networks and insurance



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CarePoint Health brings under one umbrella Bayonne Medical Center,

Christ Hospital in Jersey City, and Hoboken University Medical Center.

CarePoint Health also operates its own insurance plans that are designed

to be more affordable while offering patients a choice of doctors,

specialties and hospitals.

“CarePoint Health is the future of American healthcare, providing

coordinated, quality care to address the health and wellness needs of

Hudson County,” said Spencer Baretz, CarePoint Health’s spokesman. “By

bringing together the resources of three great hospitals and the area’s

leading physicians, we can offer patients what we call ‘360 degrees of

care’ from the hospital to the doctor’s office to the patient’s home.

Using new models of delivery, including new technologies, we can ensure

that patients are treated in a fully collaborative fashion with

exceptional, personalized outcomes.”

CarePoint Health will benefit from an extensive network of hundreds of

physicians who will be both hospital-based and community-based. Because

those doctors will be part of a system that is integrated with the

insurers, they will be able to provide patients with the best care

possible. Additionally, CarePoint Health will place extra emphasis on

preventive care and patient education.

“Our goal is to keep patients healthy and out of the hospital,” said

Baretz. “We also want to reduce the cost of healthcare in Hudson County.

Creating our own insurance plans and integrating our hospitals and

healthcare services helps us do that.”

Currently, CarePoint Health offers two insurance plans: CarePoint

Advantage, a Medicare Advantage plan, and CarePoint Guardian, an

institutional special needs plan. Additional insurance plans are

expected to be introduced shortly.

As part of this long-term investment in Hudson County’s healthcare,

CarePoint Health also has established the CarePoint Health Foundation, a

non-profit organization created to benefit the communities served by

Bayonne Medical Center, Christ Hospital and Hoboken University Medical

Center. The CarePoint Health Foundation aims to strengthen access for

uninsured and underinsured members of the community through outreach

programs related to health, wellness, prevention and education. It will

also focus on mental health community resources and access to health


CarePoint Health has launched the CarePoint Family Health Centers for

uninsured and underinsured patients to receive medical services and

evaluations by physicians and nurse practitioners, as well as laboratory

studies, imaging studies and medications. The centers, which have been

operating for several months, see more than 650 patients per month and

have shown a 30-percent reduction in avoidable admissions and emergency

room visits to date.

CarePoint Health plans to expand the Family Health Centers to more

locations in order to give the uninsured and underinsured population

access to the preventive healthcare necessary to maintain better health

and reduce the rate of hospitalizations and emergency care—one of

CarePoint Health’s core objectives.

In an effort to reduce readmissions for all, CarePoint Health has also

launched a high-risk patient management program to promote preventive

care for Hudson County residents at a higher risk of readmission to the

hospital. As a part of this program, CarePoint assigns case managers and

nurse practitioners to each patient to effectively monitor care and

ensure they participate in preventive care services necessary to keep

them healthier and out of the hospital.

This patient-centered approach is a significant investment in population

health management and supports CarePoint Health’s overall commitment to

making Hudson County healthier.


CarePoint Health is a fully integrated healthcare system in Hudson

County, N.J., that focuses on medical treatment, preventative medicine

and healthcare education through the coordinated efforts of quality

hospitals, leading physicians and health insurance plans. CarePoint

Health, which was launched in May 2013, includes a network of more than

1,000 physicians and three hospitals: Bayonne Medical Center, Christ

Hospital in Jersey City, and Hoboken University Medical Center. It also

operates CarePoint Health Plans, The CarePoint Health Foundation, The

CarePoint Health Research Institute, and The CarePoint Health School of


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Kindred Healthcare and Mercy Medical Center – Des Moines Announce Plans for Inpatient Rehabilitation Hospital | Business Wire

Kindred Healthcare and Mercy Medical Center – Des Moines Announce Plans for Inpatient Rehabilitation Hospital | Business Wire

LOUISVILLE, Ky. & DES MOINES, Iowa–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Kindred Healthcare, Inc. (“Kindred”) (NYSE:KND) today announced that it

has signed a definitive agreement with Mercy Medical Center – Des Moines

to create a joint venture to construct and operate a 50-bed inpatient

rehabilitation hospital in Clive, Iowa, a suburb of Des Moines. The

project has received Certificate of Need approval from the Iowa State

Health Facilities Council. This will be the first freestanding inpatient

rehabilitation hospital in the state of Iowa.

Kindred will manage the day-to-day operations of the new hospital.

Subject to several regulatory and other approvals, Kindred expects the

hospital to open by the second quarter of 2018. The new hospital will

care for adults recovering from conditions such as stroke, neurological

disease, injury to the brain or spinal cord and other long-term

illnesses or injuries. In the Des Moines area, Kindred currently

provides home health and hospice services.

“We look forward to partnering with Mercy Medical Center to build and

operate a facility that will address the growing need for inpatient

rehabilitation services in the Des Moines area,” said Jason Zachariah,

President of Kindred Rehabilitation Services, a division of Kindred

Healthcare. “Kindred is proud to create a quality-focused partnership

with a leading Midwest healthcare system and excited to broaden our

post-acute care offerings in the area. We expect this collaborative

effort, like other Kindred partnerships across the country, to deliver

the kind of excellent patient care that helps our inpatient

rehabilitation business outperform peers in key clinical measures.”

“Development of this new inpatient rehabilitation hospital will serve a

growing need in the community and region we serve with our network of

hospitals,” said Bob Ritz, Mercy – Des Moines President. “We believe

there is an increasing demand for quality inpatient rehabilitation

services and, as our population continues to age, this need will only

continue to grow. We are very proud to be partnering with Kindred – a

leading provider of inpatient rehabilitation services nationwide – to

provide improved access to this level of care with superior outcomes for

patients, families, physicians and caregivers.”

About Kindred Healthcare

Kindred Healthcare, Inc., a top-90 private employer in the United

States, is a FORTUNE 500 healthcare services company based in

Louisville, Kentucky with annual revenues of approximately $7.2 billion(1).

At June 30, 2016, Kindred through its subsidiaries had approximately

101,800 employees providing healthcare services in 2,684 locations in 46

states, including 97 transitional care hospitals, 19 inpatient

rehabilitation hospitals, 92 nursing centers, 19 sub-acute units, 617

Kindred at Home home health, hospice and non-medical home care sites of

service, 105 inpatient rehabilitation units (hospital-based) and

contract rehabilitation service businesses which served 1,735

non-affiliated sites of service. Ranked as one of Fortune magazine’s

Most Admired Healthcare Companies for seven years, Kindred’s mission is

to promote healing, provide hope, preserve dignity and produce value for

each patient, resident, family member, customer, employee and

shareholder we serve. For more information, go to

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Revenues based upon Kindred consolidated revenues for the twelve

months ended June 30, 2016.


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Foundation for Health Excellence Awards $1 Million Grant to Care Alliance’s Central Neighborhood Clinic

Foundation for Health Excellence Awards $1 Million Grant to Care Alliance’s Central Neighborhood Clinic

Cleveland, Ohio (PRWEB) June 10, 2014

The Center for Health Affairs, through its Foundation for Health Excellence, announced yesterday that it will award $1 million in grant funding to support the capital and operating needs of Care Alliance’s Central Neighborhood Clinic. The grant was made possible through the support of The Center’s member hospitals and health systems: Cleveland Clinic Foundation, University Hospitals Health System, The MetroHealth System, Sisters of Charity Health System, Lake Health, Mercy Regional Medical Center and Southwest General Medical Center.

“The Northeast Ohio hospital community, including University Hospitals, has always supported endeavors that improve the health of the community,” said Tom Zenty, CEO, University Hospitals. “Expansion of Care Alliance’s Central Neighborhood Clinic will expand primary care to thousands of people who need it and will most certainly have a positive impact on community health.”

The new two-story health clinic, slated to open in May 2015, will serve Cleveland’s Central Neighborhood, which today has the highest concentration of public housing in Northeast Ohio and limited access to primary care services. At full capacity, the 30,000-square-foot clinic will enable Care Alliance to expand comprehensive health services including medical, dental, behavioral health and other support services to 13,000 underserved Clevelanders each year.

“We applaud The Center for Health Affairs Foundation for Health Excellence for its financial support for the construction of Care Alliance’s Central Neighborhood Clinic,” said Terrence Kessler, president and CEO of the Sisters of Charity Health System. “Increasing access to primary, dental and behavioral health care, as well as revitalizing this neighborhood, are all causes we at the Sisters of Charity Health System, St. Vincent Charity Medical Center and Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland wholeheartedly engage in and support.”

“Care Alliance’s Central Neighborhood Clinic will offer the continuous, comprehensive care that will change people’s health habits,” explained Akram Boutros, MD, President and CEO of The MetroHealth System. “Instead of resorting to episodic care, residents will have a medical home where they can seek ongoing care leading to better long-term health.”

Care Alliance, a Federally Qualified Health Center, is an integral member of the healthcare safety net and aims to provide high-quality, comprehensive medical and dental care, patient advocacy and related services to people who need them the most, regardless of their ability to pay. In addition to offering healthcare and supportive services to individuals experiencing homelessness, Care Alliance serves people living in and around public housing and those living with HIV/AIDS.

“Primary care is the key to community health improvement,” said Bill Ryan, president and CEO of The Center for Health Affairs. “We are proud of our role in helping Care Alliance expand to the Central Neighborhood.”

About The Center for Health Affairs

As the leading advocate for Northeast Ohio hospitals, The Center for Health Affairs provides members with vital services and resources aimed at enhancing the region’s healthcare community. The Center delivers on this goal by focusing its efforts on areas that benefit from a regional approach: Healthcare Workforce; Emergency Preparedness; Public Policy & Advocacy; Finance & Reimbursement; and Community Initiatives. With a rich history as the Northeast Ohio hospital association, dating back to 1916, The Center serves as the collective voice of hospitals and the source for Northeast Ohio hospital and healthcare information. As leaders, we continuously scan the periphery, looking for opportunities to enhance the region’s workforce, better prepare our hospitals for an emergency, and increase the region’s wage index. And because of our business affiliation with CHAMPS Healthcare, we have the resources to provide a broad level of professional services to our members. The Center, located in downtown Cleveland, is proud to advocate on behalf of 38 acute-care hospitals and two long-term acute-care hospitals in six counties. For more, visit

About Care Alliance

Care Alliance is a nonprofit, federally funded health center dedicated to serving the needs of homeless, public housing and uninsured residents of Cuyahoga County. In 2013, Care Alliance served more than 10,000 people, 59% of whom were homeless, through 34,000 visits. Intensive outreach efforts and strong partnerships with other agencies allow Care Alliance to deliver medical care to people on the fringes of society. What began in 1985 as Cleveland’s “Health Care for the Homeless” program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has grown to encompass primary medical care, comprehensive dental care and supportive services to address chronic homelessness and poverty in Cleveland. Through strategic partnerships with other safety net agencies, and through the support of foundations, corporations and residents of the community, Care Alliance continues to be a medical home for those who may not have a home. As a Federally Qualified Health Center, the organization is able to offer services to patients of all ages on a sliding fee scale based on income.

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Steven W. Ortquist to Head Tenet’s Ethics and Compliance Efforts | Business Wire

Steven W. Ortquist to Head Tenet’s Ethics and Compliance Efforts | Business Wire

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DALLAS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–July 7, 2005–Tenet Healthcare Corporation (NYSE:THC) announced today that Steven W. Ortquist has been named the company’s senior vice president, ethics and compliance/chief compliance officer, a newly combined position, effective Aug. 1, 2005.

Ortquist, 43, will report directly to the Quality, Compliance and Ethics committee of Tenet’s board of directors. He will report administratively to Trevor Fetter, Tenet’s president and chief executive officer. He joins Tenet from his position as vice president, ethics and compliance/chief compliance officer at Banner Health, a Phoenix-based not-for-profit operator of 21 acute care hospitals and other health care services in eight western states.

As chief compliance officer, Ortquist will succeed Cheryl Wagonhurst, who chose not to relocate when Tenet moved its headquarters from Santa Barbara, Calif. to Dallas earlier this year. He also will succeed T. Dennis Jorgensen, who retired as Tenet’s chief ethics officer in April.

“We have no higher priority at Tenet than to rebuild this company on a solid foundation of ethics and compliance,” Fetter said. “We have worked diligently over the past two and a half years to create a model ethics and compliance program in the health care industry. I am delighted that we will now benefit from Steve Ortquist’s vision, integrity and leadership as we continue to enhance those efforts.”

Ortquist said, “I am impressed by all the work that has been done since 2002 to build first-rate ethics and compliance programs at Tenet. I look forward to helping Tenet make its ethics and compliance programs even more effective in the months and years ahead.”

Since joining Banner in 2001, Ortquist was responsible for developing and implementing a system-wide compliance program, including the supervision of 30 facility-based compliance officers throughout its 21 hospitals and other operations. He also developed a code of conduct, company-wide compliance policies and training programs for Banner’s 28,000 employees.

In 1999-2001, Ortquist was director of corporate compliance and assistant chief compliance officer at Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center in Chicago. In that role, Ortquist was instrumental in developing a corporate compliance program for Rush, a nationally recognized academic medical center and health care system. He also led an internal inquiry and self-disclosure of Medicare billing irregularities at Rush. That effort, which averted almost-certain enforcement action by the federal government, has since been heralded as a model for handling health care internal compliance efforts.

Ortquist has a law degree from Wake Forest University School of Law and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from John Brown University in Siloam Springs, Ark. He has been certified in health care compliance by the Healthcare Compliance Certification Board.

Over the past two and a half years, Tenet has substantially improved its ethics and compliance efforts. Among other things, it has:

— Significantly enhanced and broadened the focus of its internal compliance efforts by creating a separate compliance department staffed by a multi-disciplinary team of in-house experts, including clinicians, accountants and lawyers.

— Named a chief compliance officer separate from the general counsel who reports directly to Tenet’s board of directors.

— Installed a hospital-based compliance officer in every one of its facilities.

— Installed a regional compliance officer in each of its four regions.

— Revamped all of its compliance, policies and procedures and training to guide and direct Tenet’s compliance with all laws, rules and regulations relating to coding and health information management, and patient privacy and security, EMTALA, fraud and abuse and all other areas governing its role as a provider of quality health care.

— Created “system based” auditing, tracking and monitoring processes to ensure compliance.

— Engaged a former top official in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to act as special adviser to its compliance department.

— Reinvented and significantly broadened its long-standing employee ethics program that includes mandatory annual ethics training for every Tenet employee, including its board of directors and senior executives, as well as its ethics hotline and other ethics efforts.

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Some of the statements in this release may constitute forward-looking statements. Such statements are based on our current expectations and could be affected by numerous factors and are subject to various risks and uncertainties discussed in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including our annual report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended Dec. 31, 2004, our quarterly reports on Form 10-Q and periodic reports on Form 8-K. Do not rely on any forward-looking statement, as we cannot predict or control many of the factors that ultimately may affect our ability to achieve the results estimated. We make no promise to update any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of changes in underlying factors, new information, future events or otherwise.

(NOTE TO EDITORS: A digital photograph of Steven W. Ortquist is available by email on request. Please contact Carolyn Travis in Tenet’s Corporate Communications Department at 469.893.6770.)

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