May 29, 2018

Around the nation: One doctor's unusual request of a woman in labor: 'I understand you have the ability to officiate weddings?'

Daily Briefing

    Sushma Jindal, who was in labor at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center, stepped in to officiate the wedding of Brianna Doyle and Casey Walko—who were also at the hospital to give birth, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from Maryland, New York, and Washington, D.C.

    • Maryland: CareFirst Blue Cross and Blue Shield has named Brian Pieninck as president and CEO, effective July 1. Pieninck was formerly COO of CareFirst and previously worked in various roles at Aetna. He is succeeding Chet Burrell, who is retiring (Livingston, Modern Healthcare, 5/23).

    • New York: Sushma Jindal gave birth at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center, but before Jindal received her epidural she officiated a wedding for Brianna Doyle and Casey Walko, who were also at the hospital awaiting the birth of their child. Jindal—who was ordained about four years ago through the Universal Life Church online—volunteered to marry the couple after she found out that Doyle and Walko wanted to be married before they had a baby, and that the hospital's chaplain wasn't ordained to perform a wedding (Klein, "Inspired Life," Washington Post, 5/24).

    • Washington, D.C.: The D.C. Department of Health has warned about 600 nurses that their personal information—including Social Security numbers, names, and addresses of nurses—may have been unintentionally exposed on an online licensing portal. The breach was discovered by a nurse who was using the licensing portal, according to Tom Lalley, a spokesperson for the department. The department is offering all nurses whose information is contained in the database one year of credit monitoring (Nirappil, Washington Post, 5/24).

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