July 25, 2017

Around the nation: Chicago gun violence drove $447M in hospital bills between 2009 and 2016

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    • Delaware: The Ma-Ran Foundation has donated $10 million to Beebe Healthcare to help fund the health system's $180 million expansion—the largest donation the health system has ever received, according to system officials. According to the health system, the donation will cover part of the cost of building a four-story patient wing and pavilion on the system's Lewes Campus. The wing and pavilion will include a new Women and Children's Department, officials said, and the pavilion will be called the Margaret H. Rollins Pavilion (AP/Washington Post, 7/22).

    • Illinois: Chicago-area hospitals billed more than $447 million while treating about 12,000 documented cases of gun violence between 2009 and mid-2016, according to an analysis of state data by the Chicago Tribune. Among other findings, the report showed that for one patient, the bill for treating a gunshot wound was $21,000 for just the first 35 minutes of care. The data also showed that $201 million of the charges for treating gunshot wounds during that time span were paid for by Medicaid, $101 million was self-paid, $93 million was paid for by commercial insurance, $10 million was paid by Medicare, and $6 million was paid by HMOs (Smith Richards et al., Chicago Tribune, 7/21).

    • Michigan: McLaren Macomb hospital in Mount Clemens, Mich. has named Tim Vargas as COO. Vargas, a radiologist and CT technologist with a master's in health administration, previously worked as an administrator for Beaumont Health/Oakwood Healthcare (Vaidya, Becker's Hospital Review, 7/21).

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