Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. HCA to buy bankrupt Texas hospital

    Nashville, Tenn.-based HCA Healthcare is buying bankrupt Trinity Regional Hospital Sachse (Texas) for $41 million in a deal that is expected to close by the end of January, Bloomberg Law reported Nov. 29. 
  2. 5 nurses making headlines on and off the job

    Here are five nurses who have made headlines for their leadership efforts on and off the job since mid-August:
  3. 'This already happened in the US': Experts weigh in on China's respiratory virus surge

    Experts say China's current outbreak of respiratory illness is another example of what played out in the U.S. last year when COVID-19, flu and respiratory syncytial virus peaked simultaneously, allaying fears that a new virus is behind the surge. 

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  1. CHIME names CIO of the Year

    The College of Health Information Management Executives has named its 2024 CIO of the Year and other digital health and IT awardees.
  2. After nurse's slaying, home health workers call for increased protections

    Visiting nurses in Connecticut are calling for increased state and federal protections for home healthcare workers following the homicide of Joyce Grayson, 63, of Willimantic, Conn., NBC Connecticut reported Nov. 28.
  3. Providence posts $310M operating loss in Q3

    Renton, Wash.-based Providence reported a $310 million operating loss (-4.3% margin) in the third quarter, down from a $164 million loss (-2.3% margin) in the same period last year, according to financial documents published Nov. 29. 
  4. Kentucky hospitals see dip in nurse vacancy rate

    Kentucky hospitals reported a slight drop in nurse vacancy rates this year, though nurse staffing still remains a core challenge, according to the Kentucky Hospital Association's 2023 Workforce Survey Report.  

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  1. New Jersey hospital adds security upgrades, training after patient dies by suicide

    Mullica Hill, N.J.-based Inspira Health has ramped up security at its hospitals following a patient suicide earlier this year. 
  2. 10 most popular specialties for telehealth, per Epic

    Telehealth visits are down from their peak in the second quarter of 2020 but remain above pre-pandemic levels, according to research conducted by Epic.
  3. New York health system CEO to step down

    Bassett Healthcare Network in Cooperstown, N.Y., will undergo a CEO change at year's end as Tommy Ibrahim, MD, exits the top role. 
  4. Global healthcare cost increases ease slightly in 2024

    Already a pain point for many, global healthcare costs are expected to remain high over the next year, a WTW report found. 

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  1. Kaiser buys $44M lot near existing facility for possible expansion

    Kaiser Permanente has purchased land in San Jose, Calif., allowing for a possible expansion by the Oakland, Calif.-based health system.
  2. Cleveland Clinic cuts operating loss to $14.9M in Q3

    Cleveland Clinic reported a $14.9 million operating loss in the third quarter of 2023, resulting in an operating margin of -0.4%, compared with a $28.3 million loss and a -0.9% operating margin year over year, according to financial documents published Nov. 29. 
  3. Shuttered North Carolina hospital provides digital record to former patients

    Former patients at Martin General Hospital, a 49-bed facility in Wilamston, N.C., that closed and filed for bankruptcy in August, will now have access to digital copies of their healthcare records, local news outlet WNCT reported Nov. 29.
  4. 60 Florida system execs take buyout

    Approximately 60 employees took advantage of the voluntary separation opportunity at Coral Gables, Fla.-based Baptist Health, a spokesperson told Becker's on Nov. 29.
  5. Former staff, patient sue Iowa health system over March breach

    A former University of Iowa Community HomeCare staff member and a former patient filed a proposed class-action lawsuit against UI Community HomeCare and UI Community Medical Services, part of UI Health Care, alleging the organization was negligent during a March data breach, The Gazette reported Nov. 28. 
  6. Mercy turns to AI to streamline operations

    Chesterfield, Mo.-based Mercy is collaborating with Microsoft and with a panel of 45,000 patients involved in testing to explore how AI can assist both patients and staff, Fox 25 reported Nov. 29.
  7. Christus system names COO

    Beaumont-based Christus Southeast Texas Health System has named Kevin Parsley chief operating officer, Beaumont Enterprise reported Nov. 29. 
  8. Denver Health administers 1st shots of Ebola vaccines

    In a milestone moment in the Mile High City, on Nov. 27, Denver Health administered the first live Ebola vaccine for preventative measures to some patients, 9News reported.
  9. BJC, Saint Luke's move forward with 28-hospital merger

    St. Louis-based BJC Healthcare and Kansas City, Mo.-based Saint Luke's Health System — which signed a letter of intent to combine in May — have satisfied all regulatory reviews and reached a definitive agreement to merge. 

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