Doctors at the University of Florida Health Shands Children's Hospital separated twin girls who were born conjoined at the abdomen more than two months after their birth, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from Florida, Oklahoma, and Washington.
- Florida: Doctors at the University of Florida Health Shands Children's Hospital earlier this year separated twin girls who were born conjoined at the abdomen more than two months after their birth. The twin girls, Jesi and Remi Pitre, shared a liver and are now both home and healthy (Bever, Washington Post, 12/7).
- Oklahoma: Oklahoma State University has dedicated $3.9 million to address obesity in Muskogee and Adair counties in eastern Oklahoma. More than 40% of residents in those counties are obese, and the town of Stilwell in Adair County has the lowest life expectancy in the United States at 56.3 years (AP/Sacramento Bee, 12/10).
- Washington: Inova Fair Oaks Hospital has named Donald Brideau as its new CEO, effective Dec. 17. Brideau will succeed John Fitzgerald, who is retiring. Brideau most recently served as CEO of Inova Mount Vernon Hospital (Gilgore, Washington Business Journal, 12/10).
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