Daily roundup: July 17, 2013

Bite-sized hospital and health industry news

  • California: LifeCenter Sacramento formally opened its new 7,500-square-foot birthing center and multi-specialty surgical center this weekend. The birth center will offer various delivery options in a homelike setting and birth-preparation classes, while the surgical center will specialize in elective, same-day surgical procedures for men and women (Glover, Sacramento Bee, 7/16).
  • California: More than 20 pizzas were delivered to cancer patient Hazel Hammersley at Children's Hospital Los Angeles after Reddit users shared an online photo of a message taped to the two-year-old's window: "Send Pizza. RM 4112." The hospital later issued a statement on its website thanking the public for the outpouring of support, but adding that "no more pizza is needed" (Bentz, CNN, 7/16).
  • Florida: Mayo Clinic has opened its first primary care facility in the state in more than 15 years. The two-story, 40,000-square-foot, $16.7 million center located in the Gate Parkway/Baymeadows area was built to "meet patients' needs, improve access, and bring primary care closer to where our patients live," says John Presutti, medical director of Mayo's three freestanding primary care clinic (Clinton, Jacksonville Business Journal, 7/15).
  • Oregon: Oregon's 85 ambulatory surgery centers employed 1,760 full-time workers and contributed $612 million to the state economy in 2012, according to a recent study released by the Oregon Ambulatory Surgery Centers Association (Hayes, "Health Care Inc.," Portland Business Journal, 7/12).

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