Contracting News May 2012

Johns Hopkins Hospital will open $1.1B new facility
Johns Hopkins Hospital (Baltimore, MD) will open the Sheikh Zayed Cardiovascular and Critical Care Tower and the Charlotte R. Bloomberg Children’s Center. The $1.1 billion, 1.6 million-sq-ft facility includes 560 private patient rooms, 33 operating rooms and new adult and pediatric emergency departments. Patients will begin moving into the new building April 29, 2012, and the facility will open to the public on May 1, 2012.

Beaumont Hospitals names Sripada as chief administrative & information officer
Beaumont Hospitals (Royal Oak, MI) named Subra Sripada as EVP and chief administrative and information officer. His areas of responsibility include information technology; strategic planning and business development; marketing and public affairs; corporate planning and the Project Management Office. He joined Beaumont in 2008 from PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Physician specialty societies identify 45 unnecessary procedures & tests
Nine physician specialty societies recently identified 45 tests or procedures that, based on evidence, may be overused or unnecessary for certain patients. Each of the societies released a list of “Five Things Physicians and Patients Should Question” at The Choosing Wisely campaign’s website at The campaign is an initiative of the ABIM Foundation, an affiliate of the American Board of Internal Medicine (Philadelphia, PA). Current participants in the campaign include the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (Milwaukee, WI); American Academy of Family Physicians (Leawood, KS); American College of Cardiology (Washington, DC); American College of Physicians (Philadelphia, PA); American College of Radiology (Reston, VA); American Gastroenterological Association (Bethesda, MD); American Society of Clinical Oncology (Alexandria, VA); American Society of Nephrology (Washington, DC); and American Society of Nuclear Cardiology (Bethesda, MD). Another eight physician specialty societies are expected to issue similar lists in fall 2012.

Joint Commission launches HAI electronic portal
The Joint Commission (Oakbrook Terrace, IL) launched a healthcare-associated infections (HAI) electronic portal The HAI Portal is a joint effort of The Joint Commission enterprise, which includes the Joint Commission Center for Transforming Healthcare, Joint Commission Resources, and Joint Commission International. The Joint Commission wants to provide a wealth of HAI resources in one area that is accessible through any of the Joint Commission-related websites. Some resources will be free and some are for purchase.