Around the nation: Nov. 14, 2014

Bite-sized hospital and health industry news

  • New York: Montefiore Medical Center this week opened a $152 million complex in the Bronx to serve one of the poorest urban communities in the United States. Montefiore's Hutchinson campus will be located inside a 12-story, 280,000-square-foot tower in the Hutchinson Metro Center.  It will be one of the largest ambulatory care centers in New York City. The center is to include a dozen ORs and a full-service pharmacy. It is expected to handle more than 300,000 patient visits and 10,000 outpatient surgeries per year (Hu, New York Times, 11/7).
  • New York: NYU Hospitals Center has recovered from Superstorm Sandy, which interrupted operations at the Manhattan hospital in 2012 and hurt revenues. The system's net patient revenue in fiscal year 2014 increased by nearly 23%, thanks in part to the restoration of the ED at NYU Langone Medical Center (Landen, Modern Healthcare, 11/12 [subscription required]).
  • Texas: Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas has agreed to pay an undisclosed sum to the family of Thomas Eric Duncan, who died after a 10-day fight against Ebola at the hospital. The hospital has agreed to create a charitable foundation in Duncan's name that will assist efforts to fight Ebola in Liberia (AP/New York Times, 11/13). 

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  • Vermont: The state's largest hospital has changed its name after affiliating with the University of Vermont's medical school. Starting on Wednesday, Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington became known as the University of Vermont Medical Center (Ring, AP/Washington Times, 11/8).

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