October 2, 2017

Around the nation: This patient lost everything in Hurricane Harvey, now his surgeon is raising money for him

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    • Louisiana: Children's Hospital in New Orleans has named John Nickens as president and CEO. Nickens presently serves as EVP at Texas Children's Hospital and has previously held leadership positions at Baylor College of Medicine (Vaidya, Becker's Hospital Review, 9/28).

    • Maine: The Maine Department of Health and Human Services has approved Maine Medical Center's $512 million expansion, which is slated to be completed by 2022. The expansion will add single-patient rooms, as well as 20 ORs, but officials said the total number of beds, at 637, will remain unchanged (AP/Sacramento Bee, 9/28).

    • Texas: Jesus Garcia, who in July had a double lung transplant because of his cystic fibrosis, lost his home and car during Hurricane Harvey—and then his surgeon, Joseph Tayar, reached out. According to KHOU, Tayar, who performed Garcia's lung transplant, participated in the CF Stair Climb to raise money for both the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and Garcia. As of last week, Tayar had raised $2,200 for the foundation and $1,800 for Garcia (White, KHOU, 9/28).

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