Vanguard Health Systems officials say they're committed to following through on plans to help build a $350 million children's hospital in San Antonio even though a prominent partner has pulled out of the project because of the company's pending sale to Tenet Healthcare. Executives at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia said they could no longer be part of the project with Vanguard, Tenet and the University of Texas Health Science Center because Tenet runs a children's hospital in the City of Brotherly Love. It's also not clear if UT will stay part of the group.
“There are other options which we are looking at,” Henrich said. “We are having active discussions with a number of interested individuals. I think all parties are re-assessing their position ... and deciding which way to go.”
Ingram Content Group has teamed up with a large Indian publishing house on a joint venture that will bring its VitalSource e-textbook platform to the world's second-most populous country. Ingram-B.i. is looking to take advantage of a higher education sector that is expected to nearly triple to 40 million students by 2020.
“India, by far, is the most exciting growth market for English language textbooks in the world today," said Shashank Bhagat, Chairman of the Bi Group. "The market in India is ripe for media-rich interactive learning experiences. With Ingram's VitalSource Bookshelf platform, and the local market reach of the Bi Group, students at India’s top universities, colleges, and corporate training programs will have access to the newest and most relevant digital content and learning tools that are available today."
Officials at Vanderbilt University Medical Center on Tuesday said they've signed a partnership agreement with their peers at West Tennessee Healthcare, a system of 18 facilities in the Jackson area with the 635-bed Jackson-Madison County General Hospital as its flagship. The arrangement is similar to other deals VUMC has made with Maury Regional Medical Center, among others. And Vanderbilt Health System boss Wright Pinson tells Blake Farmer we should expect more news along these lines.
Kansas City, Mo.-based HCA Midwest Health System and CareSpot, headquartered in Brentwood, announced Thursday they have established a joint venture to bring as many as six urgent care centers to the greater Kansas City area starting in early 2013 and continuing throughout the year.
Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
The pairing follows a similar move the two companies announced in June. Under that agreement, HCA entity TriStar Health and CareSpot, which was founded in Florida by former Columbia HCA boss and current Florida Gov. Rick Scott, will partner with HCA's regional division to stem the tide of unnecessary emergency room visits (read more here).
"Urgent care is an important aspect of HCA Midwest Health System's vision to provide our community with a quality, comprehensive health system," M.L. Lagarde, president of HCA Midwest, said in a release. "Our expertise as a health network can best bridge the continuum of care between urgent, primary and acute care. Our partner, CareSpot, has a proven track record of delivering a highly convenient, less expensive alternative to emergency room visits for non-emergency injuries and illnesses.”
The new urgent care centers will offer health care services to treat non-emergent medical problems.
With nearly 500,000 patient visits each year, CareSpot operates 30 urgent care centers in Florida. The company employs more than 500 people and plans to double in size over the next 18 months.
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