Daily roundup: April 8, 2014

Bite-sized hospital and health industry news

  • California: Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian in Newport Beach has reached a deal with state officials that will allow it to maintain a ban on elective abortion procedures. The state launched an investigation into the ban—which was a condition of its affiliation deal with St. Joseph Health—after it drew criticism from women's health advocates. Specifically, the state sought to determine whether Hoag had misrepresented the impact of its partnership with the Catholic hospital. As part of the deal reached with the state, Hoag will help women access abortion service elsewhere  and provide all other reproductive health services until at least 2033 (AP/Modern Healthcare, 4/6 [subscription required]).

  • California: University of California-Berkeley opened an emergency measles clinic after the university reported a second student had been diagnosed with the disease, according to a university release. The student could have infected others when commuting home from Oakland International Airport and attending classes. The student currently is in isolation (Garofoli, San Francisco Chronicle, 4/5; Nelson/Ioffee, Oakland Tribune/Contra Costa Times, 4/7).

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  • Pennsylvania: A 21-year-old women on Monday pleaded guilty to abducting a newborn boy from a Pittsburgh hospital while disguised as a nurse in 2012. Breona Moore told friends and family that she was pregnant and had given birth. The baby was recovered unharmed. She will be sentenced on June 24; she faces up to 58 years in prison (AP/ABC News, 4/7).

  • South Dakota: The South Dakota State University (SDSU) College of Nursing will use a three-year, $1.09 million grant from HHS to improve nursing care in rural areas of the state. Through the program, SDSU researchers will build and use a simulation laboratory to teach nursing students skills critical for rural care. For example, nurses will learn how to use telemedicine technology when treating patients who require more specialized care (News-Medical, 4/3). 

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