- California: School officials have asked unvaccinated children attending Mariposa Elementary in Agoura Hills to stay home for three weeks to prevent the spread of a chickenpox outbreak. Dan Stepenosky, superintendent of Las Virgenes Unified School District, said officials made the decision after three cases of chickenpox were reported across three grades. According to KABC-TV, about 25 percent of the school's student population—or about 90 students—are unvaccinated (Associated Press/Sacramento Bee, 5/9).
- Ohio: Cleveland State University is partnering with MetroHealth to offer RNs bachelor's and master's of science degrees in nursing. The curriculum will include classes taught at MetroHealth, as well as in-person and online courses taught by professors at Cleveland State. Cleveland State and MetroHealth aim to enroll up to 30 nurses in the bachelor's program and 30 nurses in the master's program each year. Students will be eligible for employee reimbursement from MetroHealth, and some spots will be open for nurses at other health systems in the area (Coutre, Crain's Cleveland Business/Modern Healthcare, 5/9).
- Pennsylvania: Crozer-Chester Medical Center has picked Michael Curran to serve as its next president. Curran since September has been serving as president on an interim basis for the center. He previously served as COO at two other hospitals in Chicago, Becker's Hospital Review reports (Vaidya, Becker's Hospital Review, 5/9).
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