- California: The number of California kindergarten students who have not been vaccinated because of their parents' beliefs or concerns has increased by 15% since the last school year, according to data from the California Department of Public Health. The new data come as California struggles with a measles outbreak that has infected at least 49 people. Overall, the report found that more than 16,000 children entered primary school in California this year without vaccinations because of their parents' personal beliefs, a number that has more than doubled over the past six years (Reese, Sacramento Bee, 3/30).
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- Massachusetts: Patients at St. Elizabeth's Medical Center in Boston can now be treated by specialists at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute under a new partnership between the oncology center and St. Elizabeth's parent company, Steward Health Care System. Specifically, St. Elizabeth's patients can complete medical treatments at Dan Farber's Longwood location. The deal expands on a 2011 affiliation and establishes St. Elizabeth as the main oncology hub for the Steward system (Donnelly, "Health Care Inc. Boston," Boston Business Journal, 3/31).
- North Carolina: UNC Health Care this week finalized its affiliation with Nash Health Care. Under the partnership, UNC will not own any of Nash's assets, but it will manage the system's operations. The affiliation will allow Nash to be better prepared for future health industry challenges and strengthen its "position as a regional medical center," according to Nash President and CEO Larry Chewning (deBruyn, Triangle Business Journal, 3/31).
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