Contracting News July/August 2006

Tenet to sell three hospitals
Dallas-based Tenet Healthcare Corp. plans to sell three of its Philadelphia-area hospitals: Graduate Hospital, Roxborough Memorial Hospital (RMH) and Warminster Hospital.
The hospitals are among 11 that Tenet plans to sell in order to cut costs. In FY2005, Graduate lost $10.8 million, RMH lost $4.4 million and Warminster lost $7.3 million. Additional details were not disclosed. Tenet will retain ownership of two Philadelphia hospitals: St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children and Hahnemann University Hospital.

Premier promotes DeVore to COO
San Diego-based Premier Inc. promoted Susan DeVore to the newly created position Chief Operating Officer, effective immediately. In her new role, DeVore will lead the continued integration of the offerings of Premier’s three operating units: Premier Purchasing Partners, LP; Healthcare Informatics; and Premier Insurance Management Services, Inc. Prior to serving as COO for Premier, DeVore was president of Premier Purchasing Partners, which provides group purchasing and supply chain services to Premier’s member hospitals and other providers.

Symphony expands relationship with MedAssets
Miami-based Symphony Medical expanded its relationship with MedAssets Supply Chain Systems, of Alpharetta, Ga., through a recent agreement. Symphony rebuilds and reprocesses hospital equipment. In broadening its focus on non-diagnostic equipment, the contract expands Symphony’s offering to include surgical, patient and product handling equipment. The expanded agreement assists present facilities management and engineering departments in their efforts to service this equipment, and extend the life cycle of the equipment.

Bon Secours names Ross ss CEO
Samuel Lee Ross, M.D., was named CEO at Bon Secours Baltimore Health System. He will replace Percy Allen II, who is scheduled to retire on Aug. 14, 2006. Ross was previously executive vice president and chief medical officer at Dallas-based Parkland Health & Hospital System.

Allina names new president of Abbott Northwestern Hospital
Allina Hospitals & Clinics announced that Jeff Peterson was named president of the Minneapolis-based Abbott Northwestern Hospital, effective Sept. 1, 2006. Currently, Peterson is the president and CEO of St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center in Toledo, Ohio.

Olympus dedicates new headquarters
Olympus dedicated its new 337,400 square-foot headquarters for the Americas in Center Valley, Pa. The building, designed by architectural firm EwingCole of Philadelphia, reflects Olympus’ commitment to customer-centricity, allowing customers access to facilities for conferences and continuing medical education events.
“The innovative design of our new headquarters allows us to better interact with our customers, reflects our culture of fostering employee creativity and productivity, and also gives us maximum flexibility to support the company’s long-term growth,” said Mark Gumz, president and chief operating officer, Olympus America Inc.
Offering premium compensation, the company has attracted thousands of job applicants and is expected to employ nearly 600 people at the new facility by the end of 2006. The building has been built to sustain the company for seven years of growth and can accommodate up to 1,000 people.

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