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March 21, 2018

Around the nation: Unity Health CEO retires after 26 years at the helm

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    Raymond Montgomery came to Unity Health in 1988 and became CEO in 1992, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from Arkansas, California, and Mississippi.

    • Arkansas: Unity Health President and CEO Raymond Montgomery is retiring from the post after more than 20 years at the helm. Montgomery has been at the medical center since 1988 and became president and CEO in 1992. His retirement is effective Aug. 8 (Vaidya, Becker's Hospital Review, 3/19).

    • California: Some physicians at Dignity Health Medical Center are using Google glasses to take notes during interactions with patients. The software, Augdemix, is a remote note-taking system that allows an offsite scribe to view the patient visit and take notes for the provider (Browne, KRCR, 3/19).

    • Mississippi: A federal judge on Tuesday issued a temporary restraining order that blocks a Mississippi abortion ban (HB 1510) that's been called the strictest in the nation from taking effect, according to the Associated Press. When in effect, the law banned abortion at 15 weeks gestation, including in cases of rape or incest. Medical emergencies and cases involving severe fetal abnormalities were exempt. Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant (R) signed the measure into law on Monday, and it took effect immediately. The sole abortion clinic in Mississippi challenged the law in court (Gathright, "The Two-Way," NPR, 3/19; AP/Sacramento Bee, 3/20).

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