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  1. Mee Memorial Hospital CEO to retire in March

    Susan Childers, CEO of King City, Calif.-based Mee Memorial Hospital, will retire March 1, 2019, according to the King City Rustler.  By Leo Vartorella -
  2. Pocahontas Memorial Hospital selects new CEO

    Marlington, W. Va.-based Pocahontas Memorial Hospital has chosen Mary Beth Barras its new CEO, according to The Pocahontas Times.  By Leo Vartorella -
  3. 43 patients evacuated after tornado strikes Iowa hospital

    UnityPoint Health-Marshalltown (Iowa) evacuated 43 patients after a tornado hit the hospital July 19, according to a notice on the hospital's website.  By Harrison Cook -

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  1. Antibiotic-resistant salmonella outbreak linked to raw turkey sickens 90

    The CDC on July 19 confirmed an outbreak of antibiotic-resistant salmonella linked to several brands of raw turkey.  By Harrison Cook -
  2. McKesson's outpatient pharmacy point-of-sale system down for 24 hours

    McKesson clients may have struggled to access their outpatient pharmacy point-of-sale system for more than 24 hours, but the company says the issue is now resolved.  By Julie Spitzer -
  3. Emory Healthcare stumbles in form letter to dead patient's parents

    After a pulmonologist at Atlanta-based Emory Healthcare left for a job in Cleveland, the health system notified his patients — and sent an error-filled letter to one patient's parents four years after her death, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.  By Megan Knowles -
  4. Highmark Medicare Advantage members to go out of network with UPMC in June 2019

    Thousands of Highmark Medicare Advantage members will lose in-network access to Pittsburgh-based UPMC a year earlier than expected, according to a state Supreme Court decision cited by Trib Live.  By Morgan Haefner -

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  1. Banner CIO resigns; system seeks replacement

    Phoenix-based Banner Health Senior Vice President and CIO Ryan Smith has resigned, completing his five-year tenure July 19, the health system confirmed to Becker's Hospital Review.  By Julie Spitzer -
  2. D.C. hospital evacuated after report of threat to staffer

    A man's threat to an employee at Washington, D.C.,-based MedStar Washington Hospital triggered an evacuation and fears of an active shooter, according to The Washington Post.  By Alia Paavola -
  3. Adventist Health lending $10M to help Tulare Regional reopen

    Tulare (Calif.) Regional Medical Center is getting a financial infusion to help it reopen, according to a Visalia Times-Delta report.  By Kelly Gooch -
  4. CEO of Maine health system faces no-confidence vote from medical staff

    The medical staff at Bridgton (Maine) Hospital issued a unanimous vote of no confidence in the CEO of the hospital's parent company, Lewiston-based Central Maine Healthcare, according to the Portland Press Herald.  By Ayla Ellison -

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  1. Houston hospital's heart transplant program to lose Medicare funding Aug. 17

    CMS will cut off Medicare funding for Houston-based Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center's heart transplant program Aug. 17, according to the Houston Chronicle.  By Ayla Ellison -
  2. Employee finds loaded gun hidden in Ohio hospital ceiling

    A maintenance worker at Good Samaritan Hospital in Dayton, Ohio, found a loaded handgun hidden behind ceiling tiles in the emergency room bathroom in June, according to The Dayton Daily News, which cited police records.  By Ayla Ellison -
  3. Only 43% of physicians know their compensation includes value-based pay

    Less than half — 43 percent — of physicians are sure at least some of their pay is value-based, and about half of those physicians say this portion is 10 percent or less of their total compensation, a report from The Medicus Firm found.  By Megan Knowles -
  4. 10 things emergency department patients want during a hospital stay

    For patients who find themselves in the emergency department, communication from clinicians is key to giving them a better experience.  By Megan Knowles -
  5. 6 nurses in same unit pregnant at Wake Forest Baptist

    Patients at Winston-Salem, N.C.-based Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center have deemed a group of six nurses working in the hospital's Comprehensive Cancer Center the "Fabulous Six-Pack," as they all became pregnant within several months of each other, reports the Winston-Salem Journal.  By Mackenzie Bean -
  6. 1 in 5 medical residents have more than $300K in school debt

    Although 23 percent of residents have no medical school debt, the same percentage has to pay back debt of more than $300,000, according to Medscape's Residents Salary & Debt Report.  By Megan Knowles -
  7. Trump tweets gratitude to Pfizer, Novartis for pausing price hikes

    President Donald Trump on July 19 thanked Pfizer and Novartis for holding off on raising the prices of their medications.  By Mackenzie Bean -
  8. How 5 hospitals are improving patient experience

    From noise reduction devices to rooftop gardens with skyline views, several hospitals are experimenting with uncommon programs and strategies to improve patient experience.  By Megan Knowles -
  9. Michigan Medicine rolls out $10M air ambulance

    Ann Arbor-based Michigan Medicine hospital on June 1 introduced a new $10 million airplane for use in the health system's emergency air medical services, according to The Daily Michigan.  By Harrison Cook -

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