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Hospital and health system news from across the country

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California: Daughters of Charity Health System for sale
The board of Daughters of Charity Health System (DCHS) (Los Altos Hills, Calif.) announced it will seek buyers for its hospitals individually or the health system in its entirety, and will solicit proposals from both not-for-profit and for-profit health systems. DCHS owns 22 sites in California.

California: Alta Bates Summit Medical Center lays off 358
Alta Bates Summit Medical Center (Berkeley, Calif.) laid off 358 workers across its three hospital campuses to reduce expenses. An Alta Bates official said the moves were part of a long-term effort to restructure the health system and cut costs.

Missouri: BJC activates world’s first MEVION S250 proton system at Siteman Cancer Center
The S Lee Kling Proton Therapy Center at Siteman Cancer Center (St Louis, Mo.), the only proton therapy center located in Missouri and the surrounding region, completed testing its new MEVION S250 proton therapy equipment from Mevion Medical Systems Inc (Littleton, Mass.) and began treating patients. The activation marks the world’s first use of the MEVION S250, which was selected by Siteman, a joint venture of BJC HealthCare (St Louis, MO) and Washington University School of Medicine (St Louis, MO), due to its compact space requirements and lower initial and maintenance costs compared to other proton therapy systems.

Ohio: University Hospitals shuffles leadership at system hospitals
University Hospitals (UH) (Cleveland, Ohio) switched the leadership at several of its hospitals. Robert
David, formerly president of UH Conneaut Medical Center (Conneaut, Ohio) and UH Geneva Medical Center (Geneva, Ohio), was named president of UH Bedford Medical Centre (Bedford, Ohio) and UH Richmond Medical Center (Cleveland, Ohio). M Steven Jones, current president of UH Geauga Medical Center (Chardon, Ohio), will expand his responsibilities by assuming David’s former roles at UH Conneaut and UH Geneva. David has worked at University Hospitals since 1996, and M Steven Jones began his employment at the health system in 2006.

Texas: Douglas Hawthorne to retire as CEO of Texas Health Resources
Douglas Hawthorne, CEO of Texas Health Resources (Arlington, Texas) since its founding in 1997, announced he will retire by the end of 2014. Hawthorne will work with the board of trustees as it conducts a national search to name a replacement by fall.

New Jersey: Barnabas Health to merge Kimball Medical Center with Monmouth Medical Center
Barnabas Health (West Orange, N.J.) will consolidate Kimball Medical Center (Lakewood, N.J.) with Monmouth Medical Center (Long Branch, N.J.), making it Monmouth’s second hospital campus. Kimball will be known as Monmouth Medical Center Southern Campus and close its maternity ward. Monmouth will also invest $11 million to convert Kimball’s units to all-private rooms, while Kimball will expand its neurology, oncology, and geriatric services.

New York: HHS, CMS award one year, $45M contract to Accenture to fix healthcare.gov
The Obama Administration awarded a one-year, $45 million contract to the federal services unit of Accenture (New York, N.Y.) to handle the do-over of the bungled HealthCare.gov website. According to a press release by Accenture, the $45 million is just for the “initial phase of the project, which includes a transition plan to define the work required.” It will replace integrator company CGI (Montreal, Quebec), which has been largely blamed for the problems with the HealthCare.gov website project and, following a transition period on the current program.

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