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March 10, 2017

Around the nation: 50 years later, a doctor and patient reunite

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    • California: Fifty years ago, Tommy Hoag received a lifesaving kidney transplant at Children's Hospital of Los Angeles—and earlier this week, he reunited with Richard Fine, a pediatric nephrologist formerly at the hospital who performed the operation. Hoag was the first patient to undergo such a surgery at the hospital, and doctors at the time were uncertain as to how long a donated kidney could last, Gillian Mohney writes for ABC News. "We had no idea 50 years ago that we could accomplish having someone survive with one kidney for 50 years," Fine said. "I think seeing Tommy here today and seeing how well he's done for such a long period of time is one of the highlights of my career" (Mohney, ABC News, 3/8).

    • Ohio: Ohio Hospital Association CEO Michael Abrams is warning that Republican efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, which include a rollback of the ACA's Medicaid expansion, could have severe consequences for Ohio hospitals. "We have 36 of 220 hospitals in the state operating with negative margins in the current environment," he said, adding that another 14 hospitals operate on a zero to 2 percent margin. "If you take a million people who are currently insured and phase them out over a couple years you're going to cause severe problems to those providing them care," he said (Zeltner, Cleveland Plain Dealer, 3/8).

    • Texas: Christus Trinity Mother Frances Health System has chosen Chris Glenney to replace Lindsey Bradley as CEO. Bradley will now serve as Christus Health's SVP for group operations and CEO of Christus Health Northeast. Glenney, who has held various positions within in the system since he was first hired in 1998, most recently served as COO (Arndt, Modern Healthcare, 3/8).

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