Larry Kloess, president of HCA’s TriStar Health System, recently took his seat as chairman of the Tennessee Hospital Association. Kloess, pictured at left, was named leader of the 18-hospital network in 2005 and was president and CEO of Centennial Medical Center before that. In addition, Scott Raynes, president and CEO of NorthCrest Medical Center in Springfield, has been elected chairman-elect of THA's board. He will take over as chairman during the group's 2011 annual meeting. Raynes joined NorthCrest Medical Center in 2005.
Oct 12, 2010 2:19 PM
The Columbia Daily Herald checks in on the status of HCA's application to build a $9 million ER in Spring Hill and sees that the hospital giant's opposition there hasn't yet committed to a new fight. But...
According to state law, any health care institution wishing to oppose a certificate of need application must file a written objection with the agency no later than 15 days before the meeting at which the application would be considered. However, the law also states that a health care institution doesn’t have to comply with that time frame and can still appear before the agency to oppose the application if it pays for the costs for a “contested case” hearing and also reimburses the applicant’s filing fee.
Aug 25, 2010 10:38 AM
For those not interested in driving by the construction site, you can watch the progress on Centennial Medical Center's $143 million heart center online. Check out this link for a Web cam view of the action, and get caught up with the time-lapsed view.
Jun 30, 2010 7:05 AM
Centennial Medical Center plans to break ground on the second phase of its $143 million hospital expansion Monday — its heart center. The center will add 51 beds and consolidate Centennial's heart care services in one setting, set to open in the summer of 2012. The groundbreaking was originally scheduled for May 4 but was pushed back due to flooding.
May 11, 2010 1:12 PM
The Red Cross is setting up its disaster relief command center at TriStar Health System's Skyline Madison Campus in North Nashville. The command center is staffed by 80 Red Cross volunteers, with 700 volunteers expected to cycle through the center over the course of the Red Cross's relief effort for the recent historic flooding in Middle Tennessee.
May 6, 2010 11:24 AM
Thomson Reuters' annual Top 100 Hospitals list features four Nashville hospitals: Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Saint Thomas Hospital, Baptist Hospital and Skyline Medical Center. It's the first year on the list for Skyline Medical Center and Vanderbilt's 11th appearance. All four also received the Thomson Reuters Everest Award, granted to hospitals "exhibiting top current organizationwide performance as well as fastest organizationwide performance improvement." Also making the list for the first time is StoneCrest Medical Center in Smyrna. Maury Regional Medical Center in Columbia appears on the list for the third time. Download the full list from Modern Healthcare at this link.
Mar 29, 2010 10:54 AM
HCA's TriStar division and Vanderbilt University Medical Center are among the more than 30 health systems that have been asked by Republican Senator Chuck Grassley to respond to a series of questions about their information technology successes and shortfalls. Among the questions:
7. Please provide a list of HIT problems or complaints that have been identified by or reported to your facility since January 2008 that directly or indirectly impacted patient safety or the delivery of care, including any complications or adverse events that have occurred as a result of HIT product design and/or usability. Please describe whether and how each of those problems or complaints was resolved and whether these issues have resulted in a change in policy to prevent the problem in the future.Hmmm, wonder how voluminous a set of responses he'll get to that one... SEE ALSO: Some thoughts of Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and other Health Care Council panelists on why IT lags in health care.
Jan 21, 2010 7:17 AM