As he lay in the Massachusetts General Hospital
, he wrote a cry for help to the embattled little company that was making its desperate fight to protect his patents.
Critics contend that specialty hospitals siphon off the most profitable procedures and patient cases, thus eroding the financial health of neighboring general hospitals and impairing their ability to provide emergency care and other essential community services.
Although general hospitals typically have more beds than specialty hospitals, the focused mission of specialty hospitals often resulted in their treating more patients in their given fields of specialization.
Casey announced that the four state general hospitals -- Philipsburg, Ashland, Shamokin and Coaldale -- would be closed unless private firms take over the hospitals' operations.
Snider announced today that the state will begin negotiations with 21st Century Health Care of Philadelphia to take over operation of Coaldale State General Hospital in Schuylkill County.
The technically simple product is expected to extend cardiac support capability well beyond existing transplant and specialized cardiac centers to treat the much greater number of patients that present with heart failure at general hospitals
Tenet is a significant provider of hospital services in Miami-Dade and Broward counties, with seven general hospitals
, 2,600 in-patient beds, 2,850 affiliated physicians, 6,100 employees and an annual payroll in the two counties of almost $400 million.
As a result of the proliferation of specialty hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, and outpatient clinics, general hospitals
accuse those outpatient-oriented businesses of taking the most profitable services from community hospitals by siphoning away high-reimbursement patients.
As a general statement, specialty hospitals tended to perform about as well as general hospitals
on their Medicare inpatient business.
Eurotherm(R), a unit of Invensys(R) plc and a leading manufacturer and supplier of industrial instrumentation for the process control and data acquisition industries, has supplied a blood monitoring system to the West Dorset General Hospitals
NHS Trust (United Kingdom).
5 million lives, 168 clinical trials and CQI+ outcomes measurement system contracts, and 115 mental health and 23 physical rehabilitation management contracts with general hospitals
in 34 states.
The following table lists the 127 general hospitals
owed or operated by Tenet through its subsidiaries at January 30, 1997.