- Florida: Tenet Healthcare has named Tara McCoy as CEO of Good Samaritan Medical Center in West Palm Beach. McCoy, who previously worked as the service line administrator of Tenet's Florida region, will succeed Mark Nosacka, who is departing to become the CEO of Piedmont Medical Center in South Carolina (Vaidya, Becker's Hospital Review, 10/10).
- Massachusetts: Nine colleges and universities in the state have agreed to use a set of principles in their curriculum to prepare social work students for the opioid misuse epidemic. Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker (R) released the principles to curb opioid misuse in the state, where the presence of fentanyl in opioid-related deaths continues to climb. The schools that said they would adopt the principles include: Boston College, Boston University, Bridgewater State University, Salem State University, Simmons College, Smith College, Springfield College, Westfield State University, and Wheelock College (AP/Sacramento Bee, 10/10).
- Nevada: University Medical Center in Las Vegas plans to use the donations it has received in the wake of last week's mass shooting to cover the medical bills for victims of the violence who are not insured. Experts estimate that the shooting may result in at least $600 million in medical bills, lost quality of life, and follow-up care (Rege, Becker's Hospital Review, 10/10).
Members ask: How can our hospital prepare for disasters?
Hospitals must be prepared for myriad disasters that can stress health care systems to the breaking point and disrupt delivery of vital health care services.
Advisory Board has compiled step-by-step procedures for various threats your facility may encounter—though we hope you'll never need to use them.