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State Highlights: NYC Hospitals Eschew Stereotypically Bland Food For More Nutritional Meals; Conn. Continues On Rocky Road Toward Universal Database For Patient Records

First Edition: July 13, 2018

Media retailers report on information from New York, Connecticut, Tennessee, Delaware, South Dakota, Michigan, Massachusetts, Wisconsin, California, Florida, Oregon, Texas, Arizona, New Hampshire and Missouri.

The New York Occasions:
Hospital Food You Can Get Excited About

On a Tuesday morning in March, chef Bruno Tison presided over a frenzied cook-off between groups from 16 well being care amenities at Glen Cove Hospital on Lengthy Island. Mr. Tison was employed final September by the nonprofit community Northwell Well being to assist rework the meals service on the firm’s 23 New York-area hospitals. Groups of cooks in towering chef caps, along with white-suited dietitians, had 45 minutes to rework a cornucopia of fruits, greens and meats piled on a desk on the middle of the auditorium into four-course meals of their very own devising. Their creations not solely needed to meet restrictions for salt and energy, however have been judged based on standards not often utilized to hospital meals like palatability, plate look and talent in cooking. (Schiffman, 9/20)

The CT Mirror:
A Decade Of Delays, $23 Million Spent, As State Makes Fourth Attempt For Well being Info Change

The thought of a single well being info trade throughout the state of Connecticut appears easy: Collect all well being info in a single place and make it obtainable to each practitioner concerned with a single affected person to offer the most effective care attainable. Sadly, in Connecticut this course of has been something however easy. As an alternative, it has been enormously costly and time-consuming — costing the state $23 million and 11 years of labor which, to this date, have but to supply an change. (Werth, 9/20)

Nashville Tennessean:
Nashville Public Faculties Requested To Dedicate $432Okay Toward Childhood Trauma Practices

A state grant that funds Nashville public faculties’ trauma-informed practices will finish this yr, threatening to stall work that has proven to scale back the necessity for self-discipline within the classroom. Trauma-informed faculties work to concentrate on the decreasing the impacts of Hostile Childhood Experiences, which may harm mind improvement of youngsters and trigger behavioral points. (Gonzales, 9/19)

The Related Press:
Delaware Stories 1st West Nile Demise Since 2012

Well being officers are reporting Delaware’s first demise associated to West Nile Virus since 2012. The Division of Public Well being officers introduced Wednesday that a 73-year-old New Citadel County man, who had been hospitalized since final month, died this week after turning into contaminated with the virus. The division has confirmed 5 instances of the virus this yr, together with the person who died. Officers say all 5 have been males ranging in age from 57 to 75, together with 4 in New Fort County and one in Sussex County. (9/19)

The Related Press:
Surgeon Denies Negligence In Eradicating Lady’s Wholesome Kidney

A South Dakota surgeon admitted to mistakenly eradicating an Iowa lady’s wholesome kidney however denied that he breached the usual of care, in line with the surgeon’s response to a lawsuit filed by the affected person. Dr. Scott Baker and The Surgical Institute of South Dakota acknowledged in a solution to Dena Knapp’s lawsuit that Baker eliminated Knapp’s proper kidney as an alternative of an adrenal gland and an related mass, the Argus Chief reported. Knapp, of Milford, Iowa, filed the lawsuit final month alleging skilled negligence. (9/19)

Detroit Free Press:
Henry Ford Well being System Leases New Tower In Royal Oak

A controversial new workplace tower going up in Royal Oak that critics stated will upset the town’s downtown financial system simply received a blue-chip, long-term tenant — the Henry Ford Well being System. The nationally outstanding well being supplier introduced Wednesday it will lease all the six-story constructing for the subsequent 20 years. Henry Ford Well being plans to open its high-tech outpatient middle in mid-2020 and convey about 200 docs, nurses and different well being care staff to the location that previously was a big parking zone in entrance of Royal Oak Metropolis Corridor, officers stated. (Laitner, 9/20)

Boston Globe:
Determination On Humana’s Mass. Tax Break Delayed

Medical insurance big Humana goes to have to attend for that state tax incentive. The Louisville, Ky.-based firm unveiled plans final month to open a digital well being and analytics middle in Fort Level, and make use of as many as 250 individuals inside the subsequent 5 years. (Chesto, 9/19)

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
Transgender UW Staff Win Courtroom Struggle Over Surgical procedures

U.S. District Decide William Conley concluded that there was no legally legitimate purpose to exclude medically vital look after the employees and referred to as a number of the state’s arguments “unhinged from reality.” The plaintiffs, a College of Wisconsin-Madison graduate scholar, Alina Boyden, and Shannon Andrews, a researcher at UW Faculty of Drugs, sued within the spring of 2017 after they have been denied remedy their docs had decided was a essential a part of the gender transitions. (Vielmetti, 9/19)

Los Angeles Occasions:
More Than Six Ladies Accuse Orange County Surgeon And His Girlfriend Of Sexual Assault

As greater than half a dozen ladies got here ahead Wednesday to accuse a Newport Seashore surgeon and his girlfriend of sexually assaulting them, one alleged sufferer described the couple as a “Bonnie and Clyde” group who drugged her after which pressured her to take part in sexual acts, in accordance with courtroom paperwork. The brand new accusers have come ahead simply at some point after Orange County prosecutors charged Dr. Grant Robicheaux, 38, and Cerissa Laura Riley, 31, with rape by medicine, oral copulation by anesthesia, assault with intent to commit sexual offenses and different crimes. (Winton and Fry, 9/19)

Sacramento Bee:
How This Sacramento Enterprise Let Shoppers Go And But Employed More Well being Care Staff

Within the final 9 months, Edward Navales has employed roughly 50 new staff on the medical staffing enterprise he operates in Sacramento. He additionally began providing all of his 130-plus staff a 401Okay plan during which his firm makes an identical contribution. (Anderson, 9/20)

Well being Information Florida:
Faculty Psychological Well being Disclosure Requirement Considerations Mother and father

Youngsters registering for college in Florida this yr have been requested to disclose some historical past about their psychological well being. The brand new requirement is a part of a regulation rushed by means of the state legislature after the February capturing at Marjory Stoneman Douglas Excessive Faculty in Parkland, Florida. (Ochoa, 9/20)

The Oregonian:
Rush Supply: Oregon Couple Delivers Their New child In SUV, Minutes From Hospital 

A Cascade Locks couple delivered their child Tuesday of their SUV whereas parked on the aspect of the street close to a Troutdale outlet mall. Valerie and Matt Gordon had deliberate to offer delivery to their second daughter with the assistance of a midwife group in Portland that had been managing the mom’s maternity care. However after handing their Three-year-old daughter, Ada, and the household canine to Matt’s mother and father on the outlet mall parking zone round 5 a.m. whereas Valerie’s contractions intensified, the couple knew they needed to change their plans. By that time, Valerie Gordon, 35, had been in labor for round 45 minutes. Whereas they drove out of the Columbia Gorge Retailers parking zone, she felt the child’s head crowning. (Bailey, 9/19)

California’s Plan To Retailer Water Underground Might Danger Contamination

To cope with the probability of future excessive droughts, a few of these new methods depend on underground aquifers — an strategy far faraway from conventional dam-based water storage. Whereas diversifying the toolbelt of water administration methods will possible assist insulate the state towards loss, a gaggle of researchers at Stanford College are drawing consideration to a danger they are saying has lengthy ridden underneath the radar of public consciousness: the introduction of harmful chemical compounds into California groundwater, each via industrial and pure pathways. (Heidt, 9/19)

Austin American-Statesman:
Central Well being Units Public Listening to For Saturday To Rethink Sendero

Central Well being is constant to weigh the way forward for its nonprofit insurance coverage supplier, Sendero Well being Plans, and can maintain a particular assembly on Saturday, the place members of the general public might be allowed to talk. Travis County commissioners on Tuesday delayed voting on the well being district’s proposed $258 million price range for fiscal 2019, after a number of individuals spoke out towards Central Well being’s determination to droop Sendero, which offers low-cost insurance coverage to 24,000 residents. (Huber, 9/19)

Arizona Republic:
Arizona Supreme Courtroom Blames Home Violence Sufferer, Removes Youngsters

The Arizona Supreme Courtroom severed an abused lady’s parental rights, saying it was in one of the best pursuits of her youngsters. Exhausting fact: Being a sufferer of home violence value this mom her youngsters. (Valdez, 9/19)

New Hampshire Union Chief:
Lancaster’s Weeks Medical Middle Breaks Floor On $14.2 Million Enlargement 

The Weeks Medical Middle on Wednesday broke floor on the $14.2 million Lancaster Patient Care Middle to reinforce healthcare providers within the North Nation. The 42,000 square-foot, three-story Care Middle will hook up with the exiting 71-year previous Weeks hospital, a 25-bed important entry hospital that gives medical, surgical, and intensive care providers. Mike Lee, president of the Weeks Medical Middle, stated the power serves 12,000 sufferers yearly. He famous that the necessity for extra area, particularly for main care and outpatient providers, has been acknowledged by the Weeks board of trustees for a decade. (Koziol, 9/19)

Miami Herald:
Constitution Faculties Decide Nikolas Cruz’s Former Psychological Well being Supplier

Florida’s largest constitution faculty membership group introduced Wednesday that it’s partnering with Parkland faculty shooter Nikolas Cruz’s former psychological well being care supplier to render providers to colleges. Broward County’s Henderson Behavioral Well being will present psychological well being assessments, diagnoses, interventions, remedy and restoration providers, freed from cost, to college students in want at member faculties of the Florida Consortium of Public Constitution Faculties, in response to a information launch. (Wright, 9/20)

California Healthline:
Dangerous Air And Insufficient Knowledge Show An Unhealthy Combine

Kira Hinslea needed to play outdoors, however she knew she couldn’t till her mother checked an air-quality app on her telephone. “Is it OK?” the 6-year-old eagerly requested her mom, Shirley Hinslea, someday late final month. Hinslea gave Kira the inexperienced mild, and the kid beamed with pleasure. “Yes! Yes! Yes!” she yelled, sprinting from the kitchen, throughout the lounge and out to the porch of their cellular house on this small Kern County city. (Ibarra, 9/19)

As Missouri Voters Weigh Legalizing Medical Pot, Faculties Depart To-Be Docs In The Darkish

Marijuana has been discovered to scale back seizures for some epileptic individuals, and [Lonnie] Kessler’s wanting to see what it do might for him, however the Moberly man doesn’t have authorized entry to it. That would change, as there are three poll measures on the Nov. 6 poll in Missouri. Even when voters go for it, many docs gained’t be prepared to supply medical pot to sufferers partially as a result of few get educated on its use. A Washington College research from November of 2017 discovered that simply 9 % of medical faculties train about medical marijuana, and 90 % of med faculty graduates say they aren’t prepared to assist sufferers use it. And that’s with 30 states having legalized the drug for medical use. (Smith, 9/19)

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