Daily roundup: Nov. 20, 2012

Bite-sized hospital and health industry news

  • California: Children’s Hospital Los Angeles teamed up with Regal Cinemas over the weekend for a vampire-themed blood drive inspired by the popular "Twilight" movies. The blood drive helped the facility reach younger donors, and donations will benefit cancer and surgery patients at the hospital. Blood donors who participated in the vampire movie-themed drive received a wristband, a movie poster, and a coupon for popcorn and a drink (Lee, KPCC, 11/18).

  • Colorado: Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) announced last week that injured survivors and family members of those killed in a July movie theater shooting in Aurora soon will receive payments from the $5.3 million Aurora Victim Relief Fund (Brumfield, CNN, 11/18).

  • Michigan: Detroit Medical Center (DMC) CEO Mike Duggan announced earlier this month that he will step down from his position at the end of the year and focus on his potential candidacy as Detroit's next mayor. "There's no way you could run for mayor and have a full-time job at the DMC," Duggan said. DMC President Joe Mullany will take over on Jan. 1 (Helms, Detroit Free Press, 11/9).

  • Pennsylvania: The Federal Trade Commission and the Pennsylvania attorney general have filled a lawsuit in federal district court seeking a preliminary injunction to prevent Reading Health System from acquiring the Surgical Institute of Reading. The lawsuit claims that the move would reduce competition in the regional market, decrease quality of care, and increase health care costs (Kutscher, Modern Healthcare, 11/16 [subscription required]).

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