Daily roundup: Feb. 8, 2013
Bite-sized hospital and health industry news
- Colorado: In a broader effort to make Colorado the "healthiest state in the nation," Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) has announced his administration will use "carrots" instead of mandates to encourage residents to slim their waistlines, lower prescription drug abuse, reduce binge drinking, and lessen the incidence of low birthweight. "I don't think you could legislate solutions to change some behaviors, but you could certainly provide incentives," Hickenlooper said (Sealover, Denver Business Journal, 2/6).
- Florida: St. Joseph's Hospital will offer primary care services to Hillsborough County's large population of Hispanic agriculture workers at La Esperanza Clinic through a collaboration with Catholic Charities Mobile Medical Services and Wholesome Community Ministries. Services will be offered on a Mobile Medical bus once a week using a three-year, $220,000 grant from Allegany Franciscan Ministries (Tampa Bay Business Journal, 2/6).
- North Carolina: Duke University on Friday will officially dedicate the medical school's new, $53 million Trent Semans Center. Until now, the medical school has been operating out of a building first constructed in the 1930s (Gibson, Triangle Business Journal, 2/7).
- Pennsylvania: Staff members at Philadelphia's Temple University Hospital hope that their "Cradle to Grave" program will deter young people from gun violence. Since the program launched in 2006, 7,000 students have toured Temple's trauma unit, met gunshot victims, and been shown gruesome photos of some of the 500 gunshot victims the hospital treats each year (Hurdle, New York Times, 2/6).
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