Daily Roundup: Aug. 3, 2011

  • California: Physicians, nurses, and caregivers in California have begun receiving training on treating the blood infection sepsis as part of a three-year, $6 million statewide program to improve patient safety and cut health care costs, the Sacramento Business Journal reports. Anthem Blue Cross is funding the program, and hospital associations are handling the logistics. Trainees learn through online instruction and hands-on training with a mannequin. Scott Seamons, regional vice president for the Hospital Council of Northern and Central California, said the program will teach physicians and nurses how to recognize early signs of sepsis (Robertson, Sacramento Business Journal, 7/29).
  • Colorado: Centura Health in two years will open Castle Rock's first hospital, the Denver Post reports. The Englewood-based health system will build a 50-bed facility and spend $128 million to generate 300 new jobs. According to Centura Health's CEO, the system initially planned to expand a current medical campus project into a hospital in three to five years, but decided to accelerate the project because of community need (Booth, Post, 7/30).
  • New Hampshire: St. Joseph Hospital this week announced plans to close two subsidiary companies this fall, a move expected to affect more than 10% of the hospital's staff, the Nashua Telegraph reports. The decision comes less than one week after two major New Hampshire health systems announced mass layoffs. According to the hospital's CEO, the closures are a result of state budget cuts that forced the facility to face $19 million in losses over the next two years (Berry, Telegraph, 8/2).
  • New York: The National Institutes of Health have granted $84 million to New York University Langone Medical Center to coordinate a comparative effectiveness study on angioplasty and stenting for coronary artery disease patients. The study will involve 8,000 patients at more than 150 U.S. medical centers and 33 international sites. The research aims to determine whether immediately performing cardiac catheterization improves quality of life more than waiting for conservative medical therapy, such as lifestyle changes, to fail first (Robeznieks, Modern Healthcare, 8/1 [subscription required]).


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