February’s top stories: RGHS announces affiliation, Scripps Health opens proton treatment centre

Rochester General Health System (RGHS) and United Memorial Medical Center in Batavia finalised an expanded affiliation, while Scripps Health opened the first proton treatment centre in San Diego. Hospitalmanagement.net wraps-up the key headlines from February 2014.


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RGHS announces affiliation with Batavia's United Memorial Medical Center

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Rochester General Health System (RGHS) and United Memorial Medical Center in Batavia finalised an expanded affiliation, intended to broaden and strengthen health care services for patients in Genesee County.

The agreement makes the Genesee County hospital a fully integrated affiliate of RGHS to help address the changes and challenges of healthcare reform, and to maintain all local control of UMMC operations in Batavia.

In January 2013, the two hospitals announced their decision to finalise an expanded affiliation.

A third of NHS trusts failing to meet UK sharps regulations, MindMetre research reveals

MindMetre, an independent research organisation, revealed that one third of NHS Trusts do not instruct staff to use safety devices 'wherever possible' in their sharps policies, despite this being an explicit requirement of the UK's Health and Safety (Sharps Instruments in Healthcare) Regulations 2013.

The term 'safer sharp' means medical sharps that incorporate features or mechanisms to prevent or minimise the risk of accidental injury.

The organisation has been investigating attitudes to sharps injury prevention across Europe for some years, including the passage of relevant EU and national legislation and regulation.

Mercy Health seeks approval for $220m comprehensive medical centre at Muskegon, Michigan

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Mercy Health Muskegon, a multi-campus health care system, announced that it is seeking approval for a new $220m medical centre in Muskegon, Michigan, on the current Mercy Campus at 1500 E. Sherman.

The cost is more than double that of initial plans announced in spring 2013, when a $96.7m expansion was proposed.

The original plans have expanded into a proposed new nine-storey, state-of-the-art medical centre to allow for greater efficiencies and better patient care.

Scripps Health opens first proton treatment centre in San Diego

Scripps Health, a private, non-profit health system in San Diego, California, opened the first proton therapy centre in the US to exclusively offer pencil-beam scanning technology for cancer treatment.

The $220m centre, located at 9730 Summers Ridge Road in Mira Mesa, is the 15th proton facility in the country.

The 102,000ft² facility is equipped with a sophisticated piece of equipment called a cyclotron, which weighs around 95t and generates proton beam using hydrogen and oxygen to create a plasma stream.

Tennessee Children's Hospital, BarberMcMurry Architects announce $75m expansion plan

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East Tennessee Children's Hospital, a private, independent, not-for-profit, paediatric medical centre located in Knoxville, Tennessee, and architecture firm BarberMcMurry Architects announced plans to initiate work on a $75m expansion project.

The construction of a new building at the corner of White Avenue and 21st Street is expected to begin this summer.

The plans include renovations of selected areas within the hospital once the new building is occupied.

Tennessee hospital to acquire St. Barnabas Healthcare Center

Siskin Hospital for Physical Rehabilitation, a not-for-profit hospital in Tennessee built specifically for rehabilitation patients, announced plans to acquire St. Barnabas Healthcare Center.

St. Barnabas is currently located on Siskin Hospital's main campus and shares some services with Siskin.

With the signing of the letter of intent, officials expect the acquisition to take place in the coming months.

Wirral hospital group contracts ENER-G to reduce carbon footprint at two hospitals

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Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust appointed UK energy management specialist ENER-G to reduce the carbon footprint at its two acute hospitals by using the Carbon and Energy Fund framework, funding, process and contract.

Under the £6.3m makeover, ENER-G will modernise the trust's energy infrastructure at Arrowe Park and Clatterbridge Hospitals and help reduce their carbon footprint by almost a third.

ENER-G will design, build and operate new low carbon energy infrastructure consisting of energy-efficient combined heat and power (CHP) systems that will enable the trust to produce its own green energy supply.

Good Samaritan Health System plans affiliation with WellSpan Health

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Good Samaritan Health System, based in Lebanon, Pennsylvania, and WellSpan Health, an integrated health care system based in York, Pennsylvania, announced plans to explore an affiliation that will strengthen community-based health care in Lebanon County.

The governing boards of both organisations have approved a memorandum of understanding that outlines the goals of the potential partnership.

The memorandum is an important step in the evaluation of an arrangement under which Good Samaritan would become part of WellSpan's nonprofit system of care.