Hospital News Roundup—Buyouts could cost Brigham and Women’s $90M; Florida Hospital to begin pediatric transplants

Brigham and Women's Hospital
The costs of voluntary buyouts at Brigham and Women's Hospital could hit $90 million. (Courtesy of Brigham and Women's)

Buyouts could cost Brigham and Women’s as much as $90M

Brigham and Women’s Hospital, which recently announced that it will offer voluntary retirement to 1,600 workers, could end up paying out up to $90 million in severance to its employees. Though 1,600 offers were originally announced, the hospital offered buyouts to 1,200 employees and 800 accepted, hospital representatives said. Partners Healthcare, the hospital’s parent system, has already booked $19 million of these charges and said it does not expect to see the savings from the job cuts until next fiscal year. (The Boston Globe)

Centegra Hospital-Woodstock to stop most overnight admissions

Centegra-Hospital Woodstock will end most of its overnight admissions amid a number of changes that it's making to cut costs and improve efficiency. The hospital already ended surgical and intensive care, though it will continue to offer emergency care and behavioral health services. (Chicago Tribune)

Dekalb Medical Center says it has received multiple bids

Dekalb Medical Center has received offers from multiple suitors after sending out invitations for potential partnerships, the hospital said. It did not specify which hospitals had offered. Dekalb is one of the last standalone hospitals in the Atlanta metropolitan area. (Georgia Health News)

St. Louis hospitals gear up for tonight’s solar eclipse

Hospitals in and around St. Louis are expecting an influx of patients as part of tonight’s solar eclipse. Regional facilities have spent the past several weeks confirming emergency plans and beefing up stores of supplies. Hospitals in Oregon, which is also expecting high numbers of eclipse viewers, have done the same. (St. Louis Public Radio)

Florida Hospital to begin pediatric liver transplants

Florida Hospital got the go-ahead from the state on Friday to begin performing pediatric liver transplants at its facility. It will be Orlando’s first pediatric liver transplant program, and the second in Florida. (Orlando Sentinel)

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