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FDA eases rules to boost supply of materials needed to transport COVID-19 test specimens
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FDA eases rules to boost supply of materials needed to transport COVID-19 test specimens

Maia Anderson - Friday, July 24th, 2020 Print  | Email The FDA is allowing suppliers of viral transport media  —  materials needed to transport samples of COVID-19 diagnostic tests — to be exempt from certain regulatory requirements in an effort to increase the availability of the materials.  The FDA released guidance July 20 saying commercial viral transport media manufacturers can ship the products without having to file a premarket notification or comply with unique device identification requirements.  The agency said it is hoping to increase access to viral transport media.The exemptions will only be in place for as long as COVID-19 is considered a public health emergency.  Under the guidance, manufacturers are required to tell their vi...
Shortage of pipette tips is slowing US COVID-19 testing
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Shortage of pipette tips is slowing US COVID-19 testing

Maia Anderson - Friday, July 24th, 2020 Print  | Email Labs across the country are facing shortages of pipette tips, which are needed to quickly and precisely move liquid between vials during the COVID-19 testing process, The New York Times reported.  Tecan, a Swiss company that supplies pipette tips for machines in hundreds of U.S. labs, has seen demand so high in recent months that it has had to use an emergency stash of supplies. It's racing to install new production lines, and Martin Brändle, the company's senior vice president of corporate communications and investor relations, told the Times the company is hoping to double its output by fall.  Pipette tips help speed the testing process and without them, some people have had to wait day...
Ascension St. Vincent plans $115M hospital
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Ascension St. Vincent plans $115M hospital

Alia Paavola - Friday, July 24th, 2020 Print  | Email Jacksonville, Fla.-based Ascension St. Vincent plans to build a $115 million hospital in Florida's St. Johns County, according to The Jacksonville Daily Record.  The 150,000-square-foot facility will house 56 beds, eight of which will be dedicated to intensive care. The facility will offer a wide range of services, including emergency, orthopedic, cardiovascular and imaging. Construction is slated to begin this fall and wrap up in 2022.  "Our significant investment in this wonderful community is rooted in our desire to continue creating new options for St. Johns County residents to get the care they need, with the highest quality and compassion available, right here at home, right when the...
Carilion Clinic completes purchase of Virginia hospital, renames it
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Carilion Clinic completes purchase of Virginia hospital, renames it

Alia Paavola - Friday, July 24th, 2020 Print  | Email Carilion Clinic has completed its purchase of Lexington, Va.-based Stonewall Jackson Hospital, the Roanoke, Va.-based organization said July 24.  Carilion bought the last 20 percent share of Stonewall Jackson Hospital from SJH Community Health Foundation for $10.9 million. The move gives Carilion full ownership of the facility.  Now that Carilion is the owner, the facility will be renamed Carilion Rockbridge Community Hospital. Fifteen years ago Carilion purchased a majority share of the hospital. The full purchase agreement between the foundation and Carilion has been in the works for two years, according to the news release.  "Today's announcement marks the beginning of the next chap...
9 hospitals seeking philanthropy leaders
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9 hospitals seeking philanthropy leaders

Alia Paavola - Friday, July 24th, 2020 Print  | Email Nine hospitals and health systems posted job listings seeking philanthropy leaders in the last week. Note: This is not an exhaustive list. Job listings were compiled from job-seeker websites. Hospitals and health systems are in alphabetical order. 1. Baptist Healthcare System (Madisonville, Ky.) seeks a philanthropy coordinator. 2. Boston Children's Hospital seeks a director of principal and major gifts.  3. Children's Hospital of Philadelphia seeks an associate vice president of institutional and events fundraising. 4. Cook Children's Healthcare System (Fort Worth, Texas) seeks an annual giving coordinator. 5. IU Health Arnett Hospital (Lafayette, Ind.) seeks a philanthropy direct...
Women’s health – Heart disease prevention
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Women’s health – Heart disease prevention

Heart disease is a term that refers to several types of heart conditions, including coronary artery disease and heart attack. Nearly the same number of women as men experience heart attacks in the United States (US) each year and, surprisingly, heart disease is the leading cause of death for women in the US taking the lives of about one in every five females.¹ Like many other conditions, not all heart attack symptoms are the same for men and women. Although women may have "classic" heart attack symptoms (e.g., chest pain, nausea, sweating), women are more likely than men to experience atypical symptoms or no symptoms at all. Chest pain is the most common heart attack symptoms but some women may instead experience pain in their back or jaw.²  Although men comm...
Virtually or In-Person, Automation Improves The Healthcare Experience
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Virtually or In-Person, Automation Improves The Healthcare Experience

Muthu Alagappan, MD, Medical Director at Notable HealthThe COVID-19 pandemic has caused an unprecedented shift in the way consumers view and access a variety of goods and services—and healthcare is no exception. Recent studies show that many patients, including vulnerable populations like those living with cancer, are delaying recommended care and procedures—and will continue to do so for at least several months amid fears over the safety of in-person visits. In response, reports of providers adapting to offer care virtually are all the more commonplace, with almost half of physicians now treating patients through telemedicine platforms, up from just 18 percent in 2018. These trends have solidified virtual care as a mainstay, and as a result, the virtual visit has become a comm...
What it’s like to work locums tenens in Alaska
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What it’s like to work locums tenens in Alaska

Before COVID-19, Alaska had an average of 2.26 million yearly visitors — kindred spirits to the 100K+ prospectors of the Klondike Gold Rush 125 years ago. Yet these visitors come not for negligible gold pulled from hard ground and cold streams, but for Alaska’s other treasures: breath-taking beauty, midnight-sun summers, and a vibrant pace of life unstoppable by winter. Locum tenens physicians and APPs with adventurous spirits who take an assignment in Alaska will have experiences they’ll get nowhere else while being paid to serve those in need. If you’re considering a locum tenens adventure in Alaska, here are some helpful facts — straight from a physician who knows the Last Frontier well. Much to know about Alaska Clinically, working in Alaska as a locums “is no...
Intermountain CEO: 7 things I’ve learned from the pandemic
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Intermountain CEO: 7 things I’ve learned from the pandemic

Morgan Haefner - Tuesday, July 21st, 2020 Print  | Email Expansion of telehealth. Primary care investments. Unaffordable healthcare costs. None of these topics are new to healthcare, but the COVID-19 pandemic has provided fresh insight into just how important they are in the delivery of care. In an article for the Harvard Business Review, Marc Harrison, MD, president and CEO of Salt Lake City-based Intermountain Healthcare, asked, "As bad as the pandemic is, could we end up doing better work when it's over? Can it teach us anything about how to serve our patients better and more affordably than we did before?" In the article, he outlined seven lessons that stand to change how things have always been done: 1. Harness technology more aggressi...
231 top maternity hospitals, state by state
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231 top maternity hospitals, state by state

Newsweek has released its annual list of the best maternity hospitals in the U.S., which includes 231 hospitals across 36 states.  Newsweek partnered with The Leapfrog Group to compile the list of hospitals that demonstrate excellence in maternity care. To be considered for the list, hospitals had to demonstrate they must Leapfrog's standard for the following measures: early elective delivery; nulliparous, term singleton, vertex cesarean sections, episiotomy; newborn bilirubin screening prior to discharge; and appropriate deep venous thrombosis prophylaxis in women undergoing cesarean delivery. Read more about the methodology here.   Below are the 231 hospitals that made the list, organized by state.  Alabama Princeton Baptist Medical Center (Birmingham)...