- Kansas: The University of Kansas Hospital on Monday rebranded as the University of Kansas Health System (UKHS) to better reflect its recent expansions. The system's primary hospital building—located at 39th and Cambridge streets in Kansas City, Kansas—will still be called the University of Kansas Hospital, but its doctors and clinics, which used to operate under the University of Kansas Physicians name, will operate under the new name and logo. The new brand also includes partner relationships with Cornerstones of Care at Marillac, Hays Medical Center, KVC Behavioral Health, North Kansas City Hospital, and Stormont Vail in Topeka. It will take about two-to-three years for the system to complete the rebranding, which involves updating its web presence, physical signage, and stationery, among other things (Stafford, Kansas City Star, 1/23).
- Pennsylvania: Hahnemann University Hospital in Philadelphia on Monday announced the launch of the Gender Reassignment Surgical Program. Under the program, Hahnemann will provide both male-to-female and female-to-male gender-affirming surgeries for transgender patients. Hahnemann said the program marks the first at an academic medical center in the region. Kathy Rumer, a private practice plastic surgeon, will direct the program (George, Philadelphia Business Journal, 1/23).
- Washington, D.C.: Children's National Health System is launching the Children's National Rare Disease Institute (CNRDI), which focuses on improving the lifespan and quality of life for individuals with rare genetic disorders. CNRDI will also build a database to promote rare disease research by tracking patient outcomes and treatment regimens. In addition to testing new therapies for rare disease, CNRDI will provide training specific to rare diseases to various professionals, including clinicians, genetic counselors, nurses, and researchers, according to a statement. Marshall Summar, chief of genetics and metabolism at Children's, will lead the institute (Bean, Becker's Hospital Review, 1/23).
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