- Arizona: An off-duty nurse stepped in to save the day when a 4-year-old boy slipped out of his water wings and began sinking at Scottsdale pool earlier this month. Amanda Smith, a nurse at HonorHealth Scottsdale Shea Medical Center, began performing CPR on the boy, who regained consciousness en route to the hospital, according to Lori Schmidt, a spokesperson for the Scottsdale Fire Department. Smith was honored by Scottsdale Fire Department and ambulance company AMR-Life Line on Monday for "her quick and calm response that contributed to saving [the child] that afternoon" (Morganroth, Arizona Republic/USA Today, 6/27).
- Michigan: Several new executives are joining CEO Wright Lassiter III's management team at Henry Ford Health System. Michelle Johnson Tidjani, who's worked for Tenet Healthcare and Cleveland Clinic, will serve as general counsel—a newly created role—and SVP for business integrity, tax, privacy and security, governance, and risk finance and insurance. Nina Ramsey, a human resources officer with Kelly Services, has been tapped to serve as chief human resources officer and is a SVP. Sean Frazier of Evolent Health will serve as EVP and chief strategy officer—also a newly created role (Greene, Modern Healthcare, 6/26).
- Pennsylvania: Several stakeholders last month came together to found a new group for strategic regional health care organizations (SRHOs), called SRHO, The National Association. According a release from the group, founding members include AboutHealth, AllSpire Health Partners, Eastern Kentucky Healthcare Coalition, and others. Overall, the groups, which represent more than 400 hospitals across 20 states, aim to collaborate on best practices, reduce costs, and "build businesses of a national scope that are not feasible at an individual member level," among other goals, the release stated (SRHO, The National Association release, 6/26).
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