Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. Lee Health taps Lifepoint executive as new VP

    Fort Myers, Fla.-based Lee Health has named Dana Begley its new vice president of wellness and recovery, a role she took over in late October. 
  2. University of Pennsylvania Health System names chief nurse executive

    The University of Pennsylvania Health System in Philadelphia has tapped James Ballinghoff, DNP, RN, to serve as chief nurse executive, effective Dec. 1. 
  3. MD Anderson VC arm joins $25M funding round for cancer drug company

    Cancer Focus Fund, a venture capital arm of Houston-based University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, has joined a $25 million series A funding round for Nectin Therapeutics, which develops novel immunotherapies.

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  1. Employee inappropriately accessed Nevada hospital's EHR system

    An employee of University Medical Center of Southern Nevada inappropriately accessed its EHR system, allowing the individual to gain access to 1,861 patients medical records. 
  2. Arkansas health system suffers data breach; 85K patients impacted

    Mena (Ark.) Regional Health System is notifying patients that an unauthorized party has accessed its systems and removed a limited number of files that may have contained their personal information. 
  3. With 95% efficacy, drug could eradicate rare sleeping sickness, researchers say

    Although African trypanosomiasis, also known as sleeping sickness, has fallen in prominence to become extremely rare, the drug acoziborole may help the World Health Organization's goal of eradicating the parasitic disease by 2030, according to researchers. 
  4. Proactive discharge planning for more efficient patient flow: reduce “avoidable” days through actionable data

    As the physicians, nurses, staff, and patient caregivers involved know all too well, inpatient discharge planning is critical to minimizing length of stay (LOS) and supporting the patient care journey.

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  1. Instacart co-founder ventures into healthcare sphere

    Apoorva Mehta, co-founder of Instacart, is entering the healthcare space with a venture called Cloud Health Systems, The Wall Street Journal reported Nov. 29. 
  2. COO replaces CEO at South Carolina hospital

    Conway (S.C.) Medical Center is shuffling its leadership team, transitioning both its CEO and its COO to new roles Dec. 31. 
  3. Nemours Children's makes 5 leadership changes

    Nemours Children's Health, a system operating in Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Florida, has made several changes to its executive team.
  4. COVID-19 screenings upon hospital entry offer few benefits, Yale study finds 

    Screening all patients, visitors and healthcare workers for COVID-19 upon entrance to Yale New Haven (Conn.) Hospital offered limited infection control benefits amid the pandemic, according to a study published Nov. 28 in JAMA Internal Medicine.

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  1. UCHealth reports $157M loss due to investment decline

    Aurora-based University of Colorado Health, which operates 12 hospitals in its home state, reported losses of $157.5 million in the three months ending Sept. 30, as the hospital system struggled with significant declines in its investment portfolio value.
  2. Mercy Health consolidates open-heart surgery to 2 Ohio hospitals

    Cincinnati-based Mercy Health is consolidating its open-heart surgery program to two Ohio hospitals starting mid-2023.
  3. Patient deaths could overshadow Alzheimer's drug trial results

    Eisai said lecanemab, its Alzheimer's drug candidate that Biogen is co-marketing, did not cause trial participants to hemorrhage and die. 
  4. Ascension nurses in Michigan consider strike authorization vote

    Members of the Michigan Nurses Association at Ascension Borgess Hospital in Kalamazoo said they intend to hold a strike authorization vote unless a tentative agreement for a new contract is reached soon.
  5. UC Berkeley 'conflict lab' trains leaders to clash with grace

    The University of California Berkeley's business school is launching a course to help students get comfortable with uncomfortable conversations. Its creators call it the "conflict lab," The Wall Street Journal reported Nov. 28. 
  6. Allegheny Health reports 2nd straight loss as staffing costs soar

    Pittsburgh-based Allegheny Health Network reported a second straight loss for the nine month period ending Sept. 30 as labor cost problems persisted and investment income was down.
  7. More pain, no gain for hospitals' operating margins

    Hospitals are nearing the end of an exceptionally difficult year for finances with a slight downturn to their operating margins and smaller likelihood of ending the year in the black. 
  8. The ins and outs of charges for MyChart messages

    While hospitals and health systems have garnered attention lately for announcing they would charge patients up to $50 for certain MyChart messages, the rule that allowed them to do so was rolled out in 2020.
  9. 4 nurses making headlines on and off the job

    Here are four nurses who have made headlines for their leadership efforts on and off the job since Nov. 9: 

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