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  1. Ascension's net income rises to $795M over 6 months

    St. Louis-based Ascension saw revenues increase in the first half of its fiscal 2020, which ended Dec. 31, but the system ended the six-month period with lower operating income, according to unaudited financial documents. 
  2. California county, union at odds over ER wait times

    Workers at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center in San Jose, Calif., are urging Santa Clara County to address staffing shortages and emergency room wait times at the hospital that it says are seven hours long. But the county, which owns the hospital, is downplaying the ER waits and blaming them on the flu season.
  3. Biotech CEO who faked paralysis, cure, gets 7 years for defrauding investors

    The former CEO of Boston drugmaker PixarBio was sentenced Feb. 18 to seven years in prison for defrauding the company's investors, MassLive reported. 

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  1. Pharma execs blast Belcher Pharmaceuticals' 600% drug price hike

    A group of pharmaceutical executives wrote a letter to Belcher Pharmaceuticals, criticizing the drugmaker for raising the price of dehydrated alcohol by almost 670 percent, STAT reported.
  2. Viewpoint: Time to rethink mandatory patient hospital gowns

    While patient hospital gowns serve a number of practical purposes, the psychological effects of donning them may be more harmful than good, a physician argues in an opinion piece in The New York Times.
  3. Opioid abuse heightens risk of death from sepsis

    People who abuse opioids are more likely to be hospitalized for sepsis and die, even if they are young and otherwise healthy, according to new research.
  4. One-fifth of rural children have a developmental disability, CDC data shows

    Nearly 20 percent of children living in rural areas have been diagnosed with a developmental disability, according to CDC data.

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  1. Maryland county's direct-to-triage program frees ambulances from ERs faster

    A county in Maryland has launched a program to speed the return of ambulances to service after patients have been brought to the emergency room, WTOP-FM reports.
  2. How Amazon is diversifying its MBA applicant pool

    In comparison to recent years, when the nation's most powerful companies centered MBA recruiting efforts on about 20 top-ranked U.S. business schools, they are now casting a much wider net, The Wall Street Journal reports.
  3. HBR: To get employees on board with innovation, give it a new name

    As is often the case with far-reaching, change-signaling workplace strategies, even as it increases in importance and prevalence, innovation is at risk of becoming nothing more than a buzzword, derided and dreaded by employees across all levels of an organization.
  4. Americore CEO to surrender management of hospitals

    The owner and CEO of Americore Holdings, which owns and operates hospitals in three states, has agreed to hand operational control to a Chapter 11 trustee, according to recently filed court documents.

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  1. Board member bankrolls hospital operator with $17M in loans

    West Palm Beach, Fla.-based Rennova Health owes one of its board members $17.4 million, plus more than $1 million in interest payments, according to WBIR, which cited the company's latest financial filing. 
  2. Google Cloud acquires mainframe migration company Cornerstone 

    Google Cloud on Feb. 18 announced it acquired Cornerstone Technology, an IT company that will help migrate customers' mainframe workloads to the tech giant's cloud platform.
  3. New Jersey health system to implement Cerner EHR

    Capital Health announced Feb. 19 that it will deploy a Cerner EHR across its Trenton, N.J.-based system.
  4. Piedmont Columbus Regional rolls out mobile wayfinding app

    Piedmont (Ga.) Columbus Regional, part of Atlanta-based Piedmont Healthcare, now offers patients and guests access to its mobile wayfinding platform for hospital navigation.
  5. Cerner struggles to find developers for retail portion of campus

    About a month after withdrawing a bid to sell a portion of its campus for retail use, it is unclear what Kansas City, Mo.-based Cerner's plans are moving forward with developing the space, according to a Feb. 18 Kansas City Star report.
  6. Prisma Health ends Q1 with $9.3M operating loss

    Despite an 8.3 percent increase in operating revenue year-over-year, Columbia, S.C.-based Prisma Health ended the first quarter of fiscal year 2020 with an operating loss, according to unaudited financial documents released Feb. 18. 
  7. New Jersey health systems enter clinical affiliation

    Atlantic Health System and CentraState Healthcare System entered a clinical affiliation that will provide patients greater access to specialty care in Central New Jersey.
  8. 2 Mississippi hospital employees dead in shooting

    Two hospital employees were killed in a Feb. 19 shooting outside of Jackson, Miss.-based Baptist Medical Center, WAPT-TV reports. 
  9. Food insecurity, mental health among NYC hospitals' most pressing public health concerns

    Within the New York City metropolitan area, hospitals and health systems are tasked with addressing a wide range of social and economic factors that affect people's overall health — including obesity, food insecurity, mental health and patient access. In response, they have rolled out efforts such as screenings, telehealth services and a pilot mobile food market to effect change citywide.

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