October 24, 2017

Around the nation: Pair of conjoined twins separated after 11-hour surgery

Daily Briefing
    • Massachusetts: The Harvard School of Public Health will be holding a forum on discrimination in the United States featuring a panel of experts and hosted by NPR's Joe Neel. The goal of the forum will be to explore the results of a new poll dealing with a variety of subjects—from interactions with the police to health care and racial slurs—and discuss what the poll's results mean for the health of society (AP/Sacramento Bee, 10/22).

    • Pennsylvania: Surgeons at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia have successfully separated Erin and Abby Delaney, twins who last year were born conjoined at the top of the head. According to Jesse Taylor, a reconstructive surgeon, the twin's 11-hour surgery—performed 10 months after their birth—marks "one of the earliest separations of craniopagus conjoined twins ever recorded." Erin has since been discharged, while Abby remains in the hospital for continued recovery (Molina, The News & Observer, 10/22).

    • Virginia: Virginia Commonwealth University has named Elias Neujahr as the inaugural CEO of its Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU. Neujahr has previously served as the president of The Children's Hospital of San Antonio and as VP of operations at Helen DeVos Children's Hospital in Grand Rapids, Michigan (Vaidya, Becker's Hospital Review, 10/20).

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