Hospital del Niño had been running off generators as a result of Hurricane Maria, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from California, Connecticut, Georgia, Puerto Rico, and Virginia.
- California/Puerto Rico: Automaker Tesla helped restore power to a Puerto Rico children's hospital that had been running off generator power since Hurricane Maria. Hospital del Niño, located in San Juan, provides care to about 3,000 children and is home to about 30 children who require constant medical care. Tesla's system uses solar panels to generate electricity during the day and batteries to store power and distribute it when the sun goes away (Gallagher, ABC News, 10/25).
- Connecticut/Virginia: University of Virginia Health System and Aetna on Wednesday unveiled a Medicare Advantage plan. Effective Jan. 1, 2018, the Aetna Medicare UVA Health System plan will provide Medicare beneficiaries in six counties with access to UVA Health providers at in-network rates. Aetna nurse case managers will coordinate beneficiaries' care with UVA Health providers (Haefner, Becker's Hospital Review, 10/25).
- Georgia: Memorial Hospital and Manor has tapped James Lambert as CEO. His appointment takes effect Nov. 27. Lambert comes to Memorial from Arkansas Health Alliance, a joint venture formed by CHI St. Vincent Health and Conway Regional Health System (Vaidya, Becker's Hospital Review, 10/25).
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.