Contracting News July/August 2008

Saint Vincent’s Health Services appoints director of purchasing
Berwyn Kelley was appointed director of materials management at Saint Vincent’s Health Services (Bridgeport, Conn.) in April 2008. Kelley previously was central sterile supply and operating room materials manager. Kelley also worked in the same capacity within the Yale New Haven Health System.

Rapides opens $50 million patient tower
Alexandria, La.-based Rapides Regional Medical Center completed a two-year, $50 million expansion with the opening of its new four-story South Tower on May 15, 2008. The 138,000-square-foot building includes 72 critical care beds, a 26-bed ICU and a new ER with 25 treatment rooms. The expansion created between 75 to 100 new jobs.

Banner Health plans 55-bed simulation center
Phoenix, Ariz.-based Banner Health plans to open a simulation center at the closed Banner Mesa Medical Center. The center will feature 55 beds, two operating rooms and a full emergency department. The intent of the simulation center is to duplicate the experience of working in a hospital for the first time. Banner Mesa Medical Center closed in September 2007 when Banner Gateway Medical Center (Gilbert, Ariz.) opened.

Freedom Medical partners with Healthcare Links
Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.-based Healthcare Links (HCL) will represent Freedom Medical, Inc. (Exton, Pa.) as its national accounts advisor. Freedom Medical is a supplier of rental medical equipment and therapeutic support surfaces. Their aim is to assist hospitals in extracting cost from a healthcare system that continues to reduce reimbursement. The company will work with Healthcare Links to further fuel their expansion from 20 offices to an anticipated 28 by year’s end. For information go to or contact Stan Schroeder at (469) 358-0492.

OneSource Financial Corp to collaborate with Essential Healthcare Management
Laguna Niguel, Calif.-based Essential Healthcare Management Inc. (EHM) formed a relationship with Austin, Texas-based OneSource Financial Corp. as its national accounts advisor. OneSource Financial offers a unique approach to equipment lifecycle management and assists hospitals throughout the strategy, planning, purchase and implementation phases of capital equipment acquisition. Additionally, through the OneSource Alliance of companies, OneSource can help hospitals to increase utilization, sell obsolete equipment, and much more. OneSource also offers vendor programs to help suppliers offer flexible financing options. For more information, visit

Tanner Medical seeks CON to expand cancer services
Carrollton, Ga.-based Tanner Medical Center wants to expand radiation therapy services at the Roy Richards Sr Cancer Center located at 165 Clinic Avenue. The cost of the project is estimated at $5.7 million.

Novation releases Cardiovascular Watch Irving, Texas-based Novation LLC, released t
he new issue of Cardiovascular Watch.This report showcases information on many of the newest cardiovascular innovations that were featured at the 2008 EuroPCR Conference in Barcelona, Spain on May 13-16, 2008. This conference provides exposure to worldwide technology that could be introduced to the U.S. Some areas of emerging technology covered at this year’s scientific meeting include the following: bifurcation coronary stents, bioabsorbable coronary stents, coronary stents, chronic total occlusion devices, and PFO closure devices. To view the report, visit

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