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July 12, 2019

Around the nation: Nurses save child from drowning on the beach

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    The child spent two days in the hospital and is expected to make a full recovery, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from Illinois, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania.

    • Illinois: Holy Cross Hospital in Chicago has opened a $6.5 million mental health unit that will triple its capacity to treat mental health emergencies. The new unit will be able to treat up to 32 patients, and psychiatrists and psychiatric nurse practitioners will provide treatment in the unit for up to 24 hours (Rappleye, Becker's Hospital Review, 7/10).

    • North Carolina: Derek Gibson, formerly a nurse with Duke Life Flight, was at Holden Beach with his family when he noticed a small crowd gathering around a 12-year-old boy who wasn't breathing. When Gibson made it over, another nurse was giving the boy CPR. However, "at that point, [the boy] didn't have breathing to the point that it would have sustained life for him," Gibson said. Gibson then got an oxygen kit from paramedics, placed a mask over the boy's face and got into the back of a pickup truck to meet an ambulance. The boy spent two days in the hospital and is expected to make a full recovery (Mims, WRAL, 7/11).

    • Pennsylvania: Michael Motte has been named CEO of Lower Buckers Hospital in Bristol. Motte most recently served as the CEO of St. Alexius Hospital in St. Louis and has previously served as CEO of Capital Medical Center in Washington state, and CFO of Mary Black Health System in South Carolina (Bloom, Becker's Hospital Review, 7/10).

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