Contracting News – July August 2009

Amerinet names Bertelson as VP of sales for western region
St. Louis, Mo.-based Amerinet Inc. named Porter Bertelson as western area VP of sales. He will oversee sales and customer relationship management in the Northwest, Southwest and Gulf Central regions. Bertelson most recently owned an information technology consulting company and was senior VP of marketing for Cardinal Health Inc.

Acadiana forms new regional medical system
A system-wide merger between Lafayette, La.-based Women’s & Children’s Hospital, Southwest Medical Center, and New Iberia, La.-based Dauterive Hospital has formed the new Regional Medical Center of Acadiana System. Southwest Medical Center will now be called The Regional Medical Center of Acadiana and will consist of three campuses with Vicky Briggs as the newly appointed system CEO. All three campuses are part of HCA Inc (Nashville, Tenn). The system will have more than 1,400 healthcare professionals and will include 16 medical office buildings with over 400,000 square feet of space, 37 specialty physicians in eight practices, and two outpatient facilities. The Women’s Imaging Center Lafayette and Lafayette Surgicare will be part of the system.

President Obama nominates Benjamin for surgeon general
President Barack Obama nominated Dr. Regina Benjamin for the position of surgeon general. Following her graduation from Morehouse School of Medicine (Atlanta, Ga.), Benjamin completed her residency in family practice at Medical Center of Central Georgia (Macon, Ga.). She also received more than $11 million in research support, and is well-known for starting the Bayou La Batre Rural Health Clinic (Atlanta, Ga.), winning the MacArthur Foundation after rebuilding the clinic following Hurricane Georges as well as its destruction by fire, and becoming the first black woman to serve as president of the Medical Association of Alabama (Montgomery, Ala.).

Health Connect Partners announces sponsors of Radiology & Imaging Conference
Lebanon, Tenn.-based Health Connect Partners announced that Hitachi Medical Systems (Twinsburg, Ohio) and Monarch Medical (Staten Island, N.Y.) have signed on as co-title sponsors of the 2009 FALL Radiology & Imaging Conference, which will be held in Tampa, Fla., at the Marriott Waterside Hotel and Marina on Sept. 23-25, 2009. The conference features over 100 of America’s top hospital radiology directors “manning & hosting” exhibit booths in this “reverse” trade show format. For additional information visit

In the “Group Think” article in the May/June 2009 issue of The Journal of Healthcare Contracting, the photo captions of Laura Nolan and Joan Mullins, Amerinet senior directors of regional management, were reversed. JHC regrets the error.

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