Daily roundup: Oct. 3, 2013

Bite-sized hospital and health industry news

  • California: UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital and Children's Hospital & Research Center Oakland have agreed to jointly run and grow 87-physician medical group BayChildren's Physicians (Rauber, "Bay Area Biz Talk ," San Francisco Business Times, 10/1).

  • Florida: HCA West Florida finalized its acquisition of Palms of Pasadena Hospital, Memorial Hospital of Tampa, and Town & Country Hospital from its former owner IASIS Healthcare LLC. The acquisition expands the health system—under the umbrella of Nashville-based HCA—to 19 hospitals, 16 outpatient centers, and more than 19,000 employees in Florida (Meinhardt, Tampa Bay Business Journal, 10/1).

  • Ohio: Ohio State University's School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences will begin training physician assistants in 2015. School officials made the announcement as the state's health insurance exchange opened, citing the growing shortage of primary care physicians—driven in part by the Affordable Care Act's effect on patient demand—as the reason behind the move (Ghose, Columbus Business First, 10/1).


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