Daily roundup: July 16, 2013

Bite-sized hospital and health industry news

  • Florida: Baptist Health Care and Sacred Heart Health System will adopt tobacco-free hiring policies beginning Jan. 1, expanding their existing prohibitions on the use of tobacco products on its Pensacola campuses, the Associated Press reports. The new policies are aimed at lowering employee health care costs and promoting healthier lifestyles. Sacred Heart CEO Susan Davis says that providers have an obligation to "set the example for our community and demonstrate healthy living habits" (AP/Miami Herald, 7/14).
  • Illinois: The New York Times this week spotlighted a three-day "boot camp" offered by Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine to a class of new interns. The rigorous program requires that intern pass graded tests in procedures and communication skills with the goal of avoiding the so-called "July effect," in which medical errors spike with the arrival of newly minted doctors (Johnson, New York Times, 7/14).
  • New York: The Rochester Institute of Technology's National Technical Institute for the Deaf recently launched a year-long course that aims to bridge the communication gap between deaf individuals and health care providers. Fifteen interpreters from 12 states were selected to participate in the first year of the program, USA Today reports (Goodman, USA Today, 7/12).
  • Tennessee: East Tennessee Children's Hospital's board of directors has approved a $75 million expansion and renovation project that will include a new free-standing building. The new five-story, 245,000 square-foot building will house the hospital's NICU and feature private rooms, natural light, rooftop gardens, a relaxation room for staff, and a lounge for parents (Harrington, Knoxville News Sentinel, 7/13).

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