March 8, 2017

Around the nation: Mercy Health-Cincinnati launches cardiac screening program for students

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    • New York: Three residents at Crown Heights Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in Brooklyn celebrated at least 100 years of life on Monday. Lucille Price, 100, Sophia Smith, 101, and Grace-Marie Baker, 102, ate cake and were serenaded by a crowd singing "The Star-Spangled Banner." Smith credited "the soup, chicken soup" for her long life, while Baker said God had helped her stay healthy. "He's been taking care of me. I've had a lot of sick days but he wasn't ready for me," she said. Price, on the other hand, said there was no secret to her longevity. "I eat whatever I have to eat and I eat any food," she said (Cherelus/Chen, Reuters, 3/7).

    • North Carolina: UNC Health Care has opened a new cardiac hospital on its Rex hospital campus in Raleigh. The new $235 million facility will help the health system respond to growing volumes and consolidate other facilities spread across the Rex campus. The North Carolina Health & Vascular Hospital has 114 beds, 48 preparation and recovery rooms, and 600 employees (Barkholz, Modern Healthcare, 3/6).

    • Ohio: Mercy Health-Cincinnati is partnering with Mobile Cardiac Overview and Risk Evaluation to launch a program to offer heart screenings to student athletes and 24 local high schools and three universities. The screenings are designed to prevent "sudden cardiac death," with occurs when electrical problems in the heart spikes the heart rate and interrupts blood flow. According to the Cincinnati Business Courier, the condition is one of the most common killers of young athletes in the United States, typically striking when they are competing or training (Brunsman, Cincinnati Business Courier, 3/7).

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