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June 6, 2018

A NYU Langone surgeon spotted a woman's cancer while watching her on a house-hunting TV show

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    Erich Voigt—an ear, nose, and throat surgeon from NYU Langone Health—was watching the HGTV show "Beachfront Bargain Hunt" when he noticed a person on the show had a lump on her throat that turned out to be thyroid cancer, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from Maine, New York, and Pennsylvania.

    • Maine: A Maine Superior Court justice on Monday ruled that the state must move forward with a Medicaid expansion that voters approved via a ballot initiative last. Judge Michaela Murphy in his ruling gave Gov. Paul LePage's administration—which has not moved forward with the expansion—until June 11 to submit a plan for expanding Medicaid in the state (Hellmann, The Hill, 6/4; Meyer, Modern Healthcare, 6/4).

    • New York: Erich Voigt, an ear, nose, and throat surgeon at NYU Langone Health, was watching the HGTV show "Beachfront Bargain Hunt" when he noticed that Nicole McGuinness—one of the people on the show—had a lump on her throat. After noticing the lump, Voigt used social media to make contact McGuinness, who was later diagnosed with thyroid cancer and is now receiving treatment. "[A]s a head and neck surgeon, I'm trained to sort of notice these things," Voigt said (Thorbecke/Giusto, ABC News, 6/4).

    • Pennsylvania: UPMC Kane has named Mark Papalia as president, effective June 1. Papalia most recently served as UPMC Kane's director of operations and has been at the hospital since 2005, serving as financial analyst and as director of finance. Papalia succeeds J. Gary Rhodes, who is retiring (Vaidya, Becker's Hospital Review, 6/4).

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