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May 28, 1993 | By Jamal Bennett, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Zurbrugg Hospital officials announced consolidation plans Wednesday to maintain about half of the facility's acute-care beds and all of its emergency services. The hospital, operated by Graduate Health System of Philadelphia, will keep active 24 of its beds for patients diagnosed with both mental illness and substance abuse, and six critical-care beds, said Anthony Cirillo, director of marketing and public relations at Zurbrugg and Rancocas Hospital in Willingboro, which is also managed by Graduate Health System.
NEWS
March 22, 1992 | By Lillian Micko, SPECIAL TO THE INQUIRER
Doctors at Zurbrugg Memorial Hospital in Riverside are establishing a war chest to fight the state's recommended transformation of the facility's mission as acute-care provider. Joseph Hernberg, a radiologist, said last week that the active medical staff of about 150 has agreed to pay $140 more than the normal yearly association dues of $60 to yield about $21,000 for a lobbying effort in Trenton. Among the aims the lobby would pursue on the doctors' behalf, Hernberg said, is the promotion of legislation introduced March 16 by Assemblyman Jose Sosa (R., Burlington-Camden)
NEWS
May 14, 1992 | By Louise Harbach, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Riverside residents and Zurbrugg Hospital employees are hoping that a bill approved by the state Legislature last week will keep the hospital intact, but officials involved acknowledge that their battle is far from over. "I'm elated that the bill passed," said Mayor Robert Renshaw, who had helped organize rallies in Trenton to save the hospital. "Now we have the time to get together to reach a compromise that's in the best interest of the community and Zurbrugg. " It was also good news to Joseph Hernberg, a radiologist at Zurbrugg who led a lobbying effort by doctors to keep acute-care beds at the hospital.
NEWS
March 31, 1993 | By Anne Tergesen, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
The company that manages Zurbrugg Hospital in Riverside and Rancocas Hospital in Willingboro said yesterday that it has shelved a plan to shutter the facilities and build a new hospital. Both Zurbrugg and Rancocas will remain open, said officials with Graduate Health Systems of Philadelphia. However, the configuration of services they offer will change. "That's not going forward," Graduate chairman and chief executive officer Harold Cramer said of the prospect of constructing a new hospital.
NEWS
June 30, 1996 | By Mary Blakinger, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Prodded by the changes sweeping health care, two Chester County hospitals are taking steps to make nursing-center care more accessible as the need for acute-care hospital beds declines. Officials at Chester County Hospital on Wednesday joined representatives of Presbyterian Homes Inc. to break ground for Presbyterian's skilled-nursing center. PHI will own the facility it is building off Convent Lane in West Chester. The land will be leased from the hospital. At Southern Chester County Medical Center in Penn Township, administrators said they have state approval to reduce the number of acute-care beds licensed for medical/surgical patients by one-third.
BUSINESS
May 27, 2014 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
The day before Universal Health Services Inc. held its annual meeting Tuesday, members of the Service Employees International Union distributed leaflets outside Friends Hospital in Philadelphia and three other area behavioral health facilities run by UHS. On Wednesday, four union members showed up at the annual meeting for the King of Prussia-based company, which employs 65,000 people in 25 acute-care hospitals and 195 behavioral health facilities around...
BUSINESS
December 10, 2014 | By David Sell, Inquirer Staff Writer
Merck & Co. dove deeper into the antibiotic drug market Monday when it agreed to buy Cubist Pharmaceuticals for $9.5 billion, including debt. The deal would pay Cubist stockholders $102 per share in cash, which Merck calculates is a 35 percent premium to Cubist's average closing price in the preceding five trading days. The agreement includes $8.4 billion for the shares and assumption of about $1.1 billion in company debt. Merck is based in Whitehouse Station, N.J., and has large facilities in Upper Gwynedd and West Point, Montgomery County.
NEWS
March 7, 1993 | By Anne Tergesen, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Like many township residents, sisters Ruth Duffy and Margaret Maute have rallied since last spring against twin threats to one of the town's most venerable institutions: the state's bid to convert Zurbrugg Hospital into a psychiatric facility and the hospital's announcement that financial pressures may force it to close or severely scale back its acute-care services. While a recent court decision prevents the state from implementing its plan, Graduate Health System of Philadelphia, which manages Zurbrugg, has yet to decide the hospital's fate.
NEWS
March 13, 1992 | By Rich Heidorn Jr., INQUIRER TRENTON BUREAU
Republican legislators moved yesterday to put the brakes on a state plan to shut down six acute care hospitals and 20 pediatric hospital units, including Zurbrugg Hospital's 110 acute care beds in Riverside. The closings, called for in the proposed State Health Plan, also would affect Zurbrugg's 20-bed pediatric unit in its Rancocas Valley division and pediatric units at Kennedy Memorial Hospitals/Stratford Division; Underwood- Memorial Hospital in Woodbury; Atlantic City Medical Center-Mainland Division in Pomona, and South Jersey Hospital Systems/Bridgeton Division.
BUSINESS
July 10, 2012 | Inquirer Staff Report
Kindred Healthcare Inc. said it would close a 39-bed long-term acute-care hospital that it has been operating within Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital in Darby. In a statement, the Louisville, Ky., hospital company said the closing was the result "of a strategic decision by our parent company not to renew the leases of some of its facilities. " According to a filing with the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry, the closing of Kindred Hospital Delaware County will eliminate 74 jobs as of Aug. 24. Kindred said some employees may be offered jobs at its other specialty hospitals in the Philadelphia area.
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BUSINESS
December 10, 2014 | By David Sell, Inquirer Staff Writer
Merck & Co. dove deeper into the antibiotic drug market Monday when it agreed to buy Cubist Pharmaceuticals for $9.5 billion, including debt. The deal would pay Cubist stockholders $102 per share in cash, which Merck calculates is a 35 percent premium to Cubist's average closing price in the preceding five trading days. The agreement includes $8.4 billion for the shares and assumption of about $1.1 billion in company debt. Merck is based in Whitehouse Station, N.J., and has large facilities in Upper Gwynedd and West Point, Montgomery County.
BUSINESS
May 27, 2014 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
The day before Universal Health Services Inc. held its annual meeting Tuesday, members of the Service Employees International Union distributed leaflets outside Friends Hospital in Philadelphia and three other area behavioral health facilities run by UHS. On Wednesday, four union members showed up at the annual meeting for the King of Prussia-based company, which employs 65,000 people in 25 acute-care hospitals and 195 behavioral health facilities around...
BUSINESS
July 10, 2012 | Inquirer Staff Report
Kindred Healthcare Inc. said it would close a 39-bed long-term acute-care hospital that it has been operating within Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital in Darby. In a statement, the Louisville, Ky., hospital company said the closing was the result "of a strategic decision by our parent company not to renew the leases of some of its facilities. " According to a filing with the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry, the closing of Kindred Hospital Delaware County will eliminate 74 jobs as of Aug. 24. Kindred said some employees may be offered jobs at its other specialty hospitals in the Philadelphia area.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 3, 2012 | By Stacey Burling and INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Kim Shields, a nurse, and Mary Hofmann, a doctor, like to think of Abington Memorial Hospital's new Older Adult Specialty Unit as "prehab. " The 21-bed unit, which opened in mid-June, is meant to prevent complications that often befall the elderly when they are hospitalized. "What we're doing is promoting wellness in the midst of their illness," Shields, who is clinical director of the geriatric service line at Abington, said during a tour of the unit. Too often, hospitals can cure an older woman's pneumonia, for example, but she goes home weaker and is never the same again.
BUSINESS
June 29, 2012 | By Harold Brubaker and INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Abington Health and Holy Redeemer Health System announced Wednesday that they intend to join forces in a new regional health system, in a bid to remain strong during what leaders of both called a time of unprecedented change. Given the pressures from government and employers to slow the growth of health-care spending, "we saw that there was an absolute need for us to position ourselves for success," Laurence M. Merlis, president and chief executive of Abington, said at a news conference.
BUSINESS
November 23, 2010 | By Stacey Burling, Inquirer Staff Writer
Operating margins rose in Pennsylvania's rehabilitation and psychiatric hospitals during fiscal 2009, according to a report to be released Tuesday by the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council. The council said that the operating margin - a measure of profitability based on patient revenue - for the state's 20 rehabilitation hospitals went up by 1.33 percentage points to 10.23 percent. It grew by 0.23 of a percentage point to 6.19 percent for psychiatric hospitals. Long-term acute care (LTAC)
BUSINESS
February 26, 2010 | By Jane M. Von Bergen INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Girard Medical Center will lay off about 100 people April 24, a few days after it permanently closes its Continuing Care Hospital, according to a notice filed with the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry. Girard Medical Center, at Eighth Street and Girard Avenue, is part of the North Philadelphia Health System, which includes St. Joseph's Hospital at Girard and 16th Street. The medical center is a 168-bed long-term acute-care hospital, its Web site said. "NPHS and its Girard Medical Center have been striving in these harsh economic times to maintain the operation of CCH," the Wednesday notice said, adding that officials had met with other area hospitals to generate more referrals.
BUSINESS
January 24, 2007 | By Josh Goldstein INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The University of Pennsylvania Health System announced yesterday that it would buy Graduate Hospital and convert it into a rehabilitation and long-term acute-care facility. Penn officials said the deal would free about 40 acute-care beds at its other hospitals and expand research and training programs in rehabilitation medicine. "This will expand our ability to offer the finest rehabilitative care to a greater number of patients," said Ralph W. Muller, chief executive officer of the Penn system.
BUSINESS
November 29, 2006 | By Josh Goldstein INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Main Line Health announced yesterday that it was expanding its hospital network into Delaware County with the acquisition of Riddle Memorial Hospital. Riddle, a 235-bed facility on Baltimore Pike in Media, is expected to join Main Line Health in January, becoming the health system's fourth acute-care hospital. The deal between the nonprofit organizations needs Delaware County Orphans' Court approval. Financial terms were not disclosed. Riddle president Daniel Kennedy said he and the board "are convinced that this is the best way to secure our future and serve our community's growing health-care needs.
BUSINESS
October 11, 2005 | By Josh Goldstein INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Universal Health Services Inc. of King of Prussia said it had acquired Keys Group Holdings L.L.C. of Tennessee for $207 million in cash. The purchase adds 21 behavioral-health hospitals, 21 therapeutic day schools, and four detention centers to the behavioral-health division of Universal, which currently accounts for about 20 percent of the company's $3.9 billion in revenue. Universal said it expected the purchase to add about $165 million a year to its revenue. Among the facilities Universal acquired is Pennsylvania Clinical Schools in Coatesville which provides residential treatment for male sex abusers between the ages of 13 and 21. Debra K. Osteen, head of Universal's behavioral-health division, said in a statement that the deal would add to the company's already well-performing residential treatment facilities and add a business area - therapeutic day schools.
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