- Delaware: The Ma-Ran Foundation has donated $10 million to Beebe Healthcare to help fund the health system's $180 million expansion—the largest donation the health system has ever received, according to system officials. According to the health system, the donation will cover part of the cost of building a four-story patient wing and pavilion on the system's Lewes Campus. The wing and pavilion will include a new Women and Children's Department, officials said, and the pavilion will be called the Margaret H. Rollins Pavilion (AP/Washington Post, 7/22).
- Illinois: Chicago-area hospitals billed more than $447 million while treating about 12,000 documented cases of gun violence between 2009 and mid-2016, according to an analysis of state data by the Chicago Tribune. Among other findings, the report showed that for one patient, the bill for treating a gunshot wound was $21,000 for just the first 35 minutes of care. The data also showed that $201 million of the charges for treating gunshot wounds during that time span were paid for by Medicaid, $101 million was self-paid, $93 million was paid for by commercial insurance, $10 million was paid by Medicare, and $6 million was paid by HMOs (Smith Richards et al., Chicago Tribune, 7/21).
- Michigan: McLaren Macomb hospital in Mount Clemens, Mich. has named Tim Vargas as COO. Vargas, a radiologist and CT technologist with a master's in health administration, previously worked as an administrator for Beaumont Health/Oakwood Healthcare (Vaidya, Becker's Hospital Review, 7/21).
How to reduce avoidable visits—in the ED and beyond
In these case studies, Advisory Board experts profile nine opportunities to use population health management to reduce avoidable emergency department visits, inpatient stays, and procedures.