Daily roundup: Aug. 10, 2012

Bite-sized hospital and health industry news.

  • Illinois: Advocate Health Care has submitted plans to the Illinois Health Services and Review Board for two Chicago hospital projects totaling $455 million. One project is a nine-story patient tower with 1,000-car garage to be added on the campus of Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn. The second project is an 140,000-square-foot cancer and digestive disease outpatient center at the Illinois Masonic Medical Center (Schorsch, Crain's Chicago Business, 8/7 [subscription required]).

  • Indiana: Human cases of swine flu in Indiana rose tenfold in just one week, from 11 cases last week to 113 cases by Wednesday, according to state public health officials. The Influenza A variant virus—which has been transmitted from swine to humans—has been found in 18 counties across the state. Indiana officials on Monday said they would close the swine barn at the state fair after six pigs showed elevated temperatures (Guyett, Reuters, 8/8).
  • Massachusetts: State health officials say the risk level of Eastern equine encephalitis virus (EEE) is "critical" in some towns, reaching its highest level in decades. According to CDC, the illness is spread by mosquito bites and causes inflammation and swelling of the brain, which can lead to seizures and coma. State officials found that bodies of water tested positive for the virus multiple times this summer (O'Leary, Reuters, 8/8).

  • Ohio: Miami Valley Hospital on Thursday announced plans for a new robotics surgery education facility, slated to open this fall. The Brethen Center for Surgical Advancement in Robotics and Minimally Invasive Surgery will explore possible applications of emerging technology in the robotics field and educate physicians and staff in how to use them (Dayton Business Journal, 8/9).

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