Around the nation: May 14, 2015

Bite-sized hospital and health news

  • Minnesota: The Mayo Clinic says a 7% increase in salary and benefits costs and a 16.2% increase in supply costs offset a 5.7% gain in revenue in the first quarter of 2015. Overall, the 24-hosptial system reported an $88 million operating surplus in Q1 2015, down from a $155 million surplus in Q1 2014 (Kutscher, Modern Healthcare, 5/11 [subscription required]).

  • Minnesota: The Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota is rolling out a program called "The Comfort Promise" that offers patients and their parents four options to help make shots less scary: Numbing cream, positioning options, distractions, and sugar water, which has been shown to decrease pain (Littlefield, WCCO/CBS Minnesota, 5/12).

  • Pennsylvania: The United States' first medical school—the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania—is celebrating its 250th anniversary this year. When it launched in 1965, the school was part of the College of Philadelphia (Rappleye, Becker's Hospital Review, 5/12).

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