Around the nation: Nurse saves infant who stopped breathing at Mexican restaurant

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  • Ohio: While eating at a Mexican restaurant, Michael and Nicole Turull's infant stopped breathing, but Christine Branford—a RN at Atrium Medical Center, who happened to be at the restaurant—saved the baby's life. Nicole had noticed her daughter, Isla, turning blue after she had been breastfeeding for a few minutes. Nicole immediately called for help, and Branford and another nurse, also at the restaurant, immediately jumped into action as Nicole called 911. According to Branford, Isla began breathing again after about four or five cycles of CPR. Isla received follow-up care at the Dayton Children's Hospital NICU (WHIO, 9/7).

  • New York: According to state officials, New York is extending its open enrollment period—now running from Nov. 1 to Jan. 31—for people seeking coverage on the state's exchange. The Trump administration shortened the open enrollment period for states using the federal marketplace, ending it on Dec. 15; however New York, as well as some other states that run their own exchanges, have opted to extend their enrollment periods. Donna Frescatore, executive director of New York State of Health, said by extending the enrollment period, the state aims "to ensure that consumers have adequate time to shop for and enroll in the health plan that is best for their family" (Hellmann, The Hill, 9/7).

  • Washington: Toppenish Community Hospital has selected Eric Jensen to serve as CEO. Jensen previously served as CEO of Evergreen-Health Monroe and CEO of Kittitas Valley Healthcare. He assumed the role of CEO for Toppenish on Sept. 1, the same day that the hospital formerly merged with Regional Health (Vaidya, Becker's Hospital Review, 9/7).

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