MediSys Health exec accused of bribing officials; U of Louisville merger called into question;

> Former healthcare chief executive of MediSys Health Network, David P. Rosen, is being investigated for allegedly bribing three New York State lawmakers, including State Senator Carl Kruger of Brooklyn; Assemblyman William F. Boyland Jr., also of Brooklyn; and Assemblyman Anthony S. Seminerio of Queens, for favorable treatment of the organization, reports the New York Times. Article

> Peninsula Hospital in Rockaways, N.Y., has begun bankruptcy proceedings and is on the brink of closing its doors, potentially leaving only one hospital in the area, reports NY Daily News. Peninsula Hospital is owned by MediSys Health Network. Article

> Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Needham yesterday appointed new CEO John M. Fogarty after serving as interim head of the hospital since Feb. 28, reports The Boston Globe. Article

> A Kentucky legislative committee is calling on the University of Louisville president to defend the merger that may affect patients' reproductive and end-of-life care, reports the Courier-Journal. The pending merger is between University Hospital and Jewish Hospital & St. Mary's HealthCare and Lexington-based St. Joseph Health System, owned by Denver-based Catholic Health Initiatives. Article

> A physician is suing Largo Medical Center, owned by HCA, after the hospital revoked his privileges and an administrator allegedly called him a "terrorist" and violated his civil rights, reports the St. Petersburg Times. Article

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