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  • Ohio: MetroHealth System on Tuesday announced a plan to build a new hospital on its Cleveland campus. The plan would require $855 million for design, construction, and equipment, and would replace the old patient towers at the current campus. The system is attempting to secure financing in four months by issuing bonds. MetroHealth President and CEO Akram Boutros said, "This is also a unique moment in the market. We have near historic interest rate lows that makes this an optimal time to borrow" (Coutre, Crain's Cleveland Business/Modern Healthcare, 11/29; MetroHealth release, 11/29).

  • Pennsylvania: WellSpan Good Samaritan Hospital and behavioral health provider WellSpan Philhaven have announced they will not hire workers who test positive for nicotine, effective Jan. 1, 2017. The policy will not affect those hired before that date. WellSpan Health SVP Robert Bator said, "We are a health care organization, and our nicotine-free hiring policy is consistent with our mission of promoting wellness and healthy lifestyle habits"(WHTM/WCMH, 11/30; WellSpan release, 11/22).

  • Wisconsin: The newly founded Wisconsin Nurses Honor Guard is highlighting the contributions of nurses by performing ceremonial traditions at their funerals. The organization's volunteers works with funeral coordinators to offer tributes for deceased nurses free of charge. The ceremonies include a reading of the Nightingale Tribute sonnet, a casket honor guard, and eight honor guard members who serve as pallbearers. Jamie Bohacek, president and co-founder, said, "We will drive anywhere in the state to attend the funeral of any Wisconsin nurse to honor what they have done in their lifetime" (Garza, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 11/28).

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