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January 17, 2019

Around the nation: 3 execs leave Baylor St. Luke's after federal investigation into blood transfusion error

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    The Baylor St. Luke's executives left after CMS investigated the death of a patient who had a blood transfusion at the hospital but received the wrong type of blood in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from District of Columbia, Kentucky, and Texas.

    • District of Columbia: The American Red Cross on Tuesday issued an urgent call for blood donors of all types amid a nationwide shortage. The organization currently has less than a three-day supply of most blood types and is looking for donors of all blood types as well as platelet donors (Paavola, Becker's Hospital Review, 1/14; American Red Cross release, 1/14).

    • Kentucky/Texas: Humana and Tenet Healthcare announced Tuesday that they signed an early renewal of their four-year contract to extend their partnership through May 2023. The renewal will ensure Humana members have in-network access to Tenet hospitals and outpatient centers in 47 states (Commins, HealthLeaders Media, 1/15).

    • Texas: Three executives at Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center have "left their roles," following an investigation by CMS into the death of a patient who had a blood transfusion at the hospital but received the wrong type of blood, the medical center announced Monday. The executives are Baylor St. Luke's president, Gay Nord; CNO, Jennifer Nitschmann; and SVP of operations, David Berger. According to the release, Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI) Texas Division CEO Douglas Lawson will serve as Baylor St. Luke's new president, effective immediately. Marc Shapiro, chair of the hospital's board of directors, said, "As trustees for a significant public trust, it is important for the board to ensure that Baylor St. Luke's has the leadership and resources it needs to meet the challenges of today's incredibly complex health care environment" (Hixenbaugh/Ornstein, Houston Chronicle/ProPublica, 1/14; Bannow, Modern Healthcare, 1/14; Baylor St. Luke's release, 1/16).

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