Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. Stanford Medicine uses Apple's Vision Pro in the OR

    Palo Alto, Calif.-based Stanford Medicine is testing out Apple's new headset, the Vision Pro, in its surgical practice.
  2. Marshfield Clinic Wisconsin location closing urgent care services

    Marshfield (Wis.) Clinic Health System is closing the urgent care services at its Marshfield Medical Center-Weston (Wis.) location effective March 8.
  3. Lion Star reaches deal to transfer Texas hospital back to district

    Lion Star, the group that runs Nacogdoches (Texas) Memorial Hospital, has reached an agreement with the Nacogdoches (Texas) County Hospital District to transition its operations of the hospital to the district on or around March 15. 

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  1. 5 multimillion-dollar ED expansions in 2024

    Since the start of the year, at least five hospitals have unveiled plans to invest millions into emergency department expansion efforts. The projects come as emergency department overcrowding and related capacity issues have intensified over the past few months in some regions of the country. 
  2. ProMedica cuts operating losses by 91%

    Toledo, Ohio-based ProMedica reported an operating loss of $44.5 million in 2023, a 91% improvement on the $470.9 million loss in 2022 with all business lines improving year over year, according to financial documents published Feb. 29.
  3. Blanchard Valley Health cuts open-heart surgery program

    Findley, Ohio-based Blanchard Valley Health System is cutting its open-heart surgery program and will instead transfer patients to other systems as needed.
  4. Roswell Park names CMO, 4 oncology chiefs

    Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center named a new chief medical officer and promoted four more leaders to chief roles in their departments.

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  1. Ochsner's 'lofty goal' to redesign care

    Hospitals and health systems have continued to evolve their approaches and strategies to tackle today's industry challenges. For New Orleans-based Ochsner Health, that has meant an increased focus on patient access, particularly in the ambulatory setting, as well as workforce stabilization, according to Mike Hulefeld, the organization's president and COO.
  2. Penn State Health sees 120% operating income increase; CFO predicts 'long-term success'

    Hershey, Pa.-based Penn State Health saw $22.9 million in operating income in the first six months of fiscal year 2024, ending Dec. 31, 2023, a 120% increase from a loss of $114.1 million for the first six months of fiscal year 2023, according to a recent financial report.
  3. The ransomware groups targeting healthcare

    Russia-based ransomware gang ALPHV/Blackcat, aka BlackCat, has made headlines due to its attack on Change Healthcare, but the group has been targeting healthcare for a while. 
  4. Steward names North region president as part of '6-point action plan'

    Dallas-based Steward Health Care has named Octavio (Tavi) Diaz, MD, president of its North region in Massachusetts, effective Feb. 29, as part of the health system's six-point action plan to help combat its ongoing financial struggles.

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  1. Not just hospitals, pharmacies: Change Healthcare hack hits physician practices hard

    It's not just hospitals and pharmacies that have been disrupted by the cyberattack on Optum's Change Healthcare — physician practices have been hit hard too.
  2. Flu shot effectiveness data is in: What to know

    Preliminary estimates show the flu vaccine is offering moderate protection against severe illness and hospitalizations this season, according to a new CDC report.
  3. ChristianaCare taps population health exec from Virtua

    Newark, Del.-based ChristianaCare has appointed Donna Antenucci, BSN, RN, vice president of population health operations.
  4. California nurses use billboard to voice opposition to hospital sale

    Nurses at Palm Springs, Calif.-based Desert Regional Medical Center launched a billboard campaign against the sale of the hospital to Dallas-based Tenet Healthcare, according to a Feb. 26 National Nurses United news release.
  5. Alabama law would shield physicians from prosecution over IVF procedures

    Physicians in Alabama could be shielded from criminal or civil liability for performing in vitro fertilization procedures after the state's legislature passed a bill Feb. 29, The Washington Post reported.
  6. Cone Health commits $3M to weapons detection expansion

    Greensboro, N.C.-based Cone Health has invested in a weapons detection system as part of a $3 million package to bolster security in its emergency department and some of its public entrances at various hospitals, a spokesperson confirmed to Becker's.
  7. Nursing group quells concerns as Billings Clinic anesthesia contract expires

    Billings (Mont.) Clinic's has moved away from using contracted anesthesia providers to create its own anesthesia department, causing some concern around how the health system will attract physician anesthesiologists.
  8. Surgeon arrested amid claims he threatened staff at Ascension hospital

    A Michigan surgeon was arrested Feb. 27 and charged with one count of a false report or threat of terrorism, a felony punishable by up to 20 years. The charge is related to alleged threats to staff at Ascension St. Mary's Hospital. 
  9. Challenges persist in US nursing homes post-COVID: HHS

    Poor infection control measures in U.S. nursing homes contributed to 17,000 deaths during the pandemic, according to a report published by HHS' inspector general’s office.

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