April’s top stories: DaVita Kidney Care’s acquisition, WellStar’s new hospital

DaVita Kidney Care acquired Sinar Indentiti clinics in Malaysia, while WellStar Health System opened a new hospital in Georgia. Hospitalmanagement.net wraps-up the key headlines from April 2014.


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South Texas Health System to build new freestanding emergency room in Weslaco

South Texas Health System management, board members and local community leaders broke ground on the South Texas ER at Weslaco, the health system's first freestanding emergency room.

The South Texas ER at Weslaco is expected to open at 400 W. Expressway 83 later in the year.

The facility will be equipped with 14 treatment and three short-stay observation rooms, emergency rooms, a full laboratory, outpatient radiology services, a pharmacy and a Level 4 trauma centre, to serve residents of the Mid-Valley area.

Florida medical centre deploys first Hitachi SCENARIA 128-slice CT scanner


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Sarasota Interventional Radiology, a full service outpatient surgery centre located in Sarasota, Florida, US installed the state's first Hitachi SCENARIA 128-slice lower dose CT scanner.

The 128-slice CT has advanced clinical capabilities and unique features to provide a more comfortable experience for all patients and offers low radiation exposure.

The new state-of-the-art SCENARIA CT is designed with integrated dose reduction technologies and reduced kV imaging, which together provide a lower amount of radiation exposure.

DaVita Kidney Care acquires Sinar Indentiti clinics in Malaysia

Kidney care services provider DaVita Kidney Care acquired three haemodialysis centres from Malaysian dialysis provider Sinar Indentiti, which will further expand its care of kidney patients in the country.

With the addition of Sinar Indentiti's three new centres, DaVita now operates a total of 24 centres in both peninsular and east Malaysia.

Kidney disease is a growing health concern in Malaysia. According to the Malaysian Society of Nephrology, over 30,000 patients receive life-sustaining dialysis treatments - a population that has grown nearly 12% year over year.

Catholic Health Initiatives acquires Mercy Health hospital in Arkansas

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Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI), a non-profit health system based in Colorado, and Mercy Health signed a definitive agreement and transferred ownership of Mercy Hot Springs hospital and physician clinic to CHI's St. Vincent Health System (SVHS) in Little Rock, Arkansas.

The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The 282-bed Mercy Hot Springs will operate in a regional network with SVHS and take the new name St. Vincent Hot Springs.

Concord Medical to establish Shanghai Concord Cancer Hospital in China

Concord Medical Services received approval from the Chinese Government to establish the Shanghai Concord Cancer Hospital, a premium cancer treatment hospital, in Shanghai New Hongqiao International Medical Center.

The Shanghai Concord Cancer Hospital will have 400 beds and feature advanced cancer diagnosis, treatment equipment and multidiscipline system.

Concord Medical claims that the hospital will become a leading cancer hospital in China and Asia.

New Jersey hospital chooses Meru's wireless solution to improve patient care


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Jersey City Medical Center selected Meru Networks' 802.11ac Meru Uninterrupted Care Network to support extensive use of workstations on wheels (WoWs) and a BYOD programme, which enables each staff member to use as many as four mobile devices.

The hospital deploys laptops with Citrix XenDesktop for access to patient care applications. The medical staff at the hospital often carry two phones, a laptop and a tablet, all of which run over the Meru 802.11ac Wi-Fi network.

The medical centre, which is located in the middle of a major metropolitan area, is surrounded by Wi-Fi interference. Currently, the 802.11ac wireless network covers the main hospital plus eight additional facilities.

WellStar unveils new hospital in Georgia

US-based non-profit health system WellStar Health System opened a new hospital in Hiram, Georgia.

The new eight-floor, 295,000ft² WellStar Paulding Hospital has 56 beds, with the ability to expand to 112 beds.

The facility houses 40 emergency exam and paediatric emergency exam rooms, four surgical suites, decentralised nursing stations, private inpatient rooms, administrative offices and a café.

Columbus CyberKnife upgrades its cancer treatment technology

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Columbus CyberKnife, a service of Mount Carmel St. Ann's Hospital in Ohio, announced the installation of the CyberKnife 10.0 system, a robotic technology that performs stereotactic body radiation therapy.

Stereotactic body radiation therapy is a nonsurgical method of treating tumours with high-dose radiation in five or fewer procedures.

The next-generation CyberKnife 10.0 system increases accuracy, while reducing treatment time for patients. The system also allows for better avoidance of healthy tissue during the treatment, according to Columbus CyberKnife.