November 9, 2017

Around the nation: Nurse aids woman giving birth in crashed car

Daily Briefing

    The woman, Ying Shi, and her new daughter are happy and healthy, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from California, Florida, and Georgia.

    • California: Ying Shi gave birth to a baby girl in her car after her husband, Hongwei Zhang, accidentally crashed the vehicle into a concrete barrier while rushing his wife to the hospital. After the accident, Zhang ran out into the road and flagged down a vehicle. Fortunately, the driver of that vehicle was Dayna Dumont, an off-duty RN heading home after her shift at Scripps Memorial Hospital's ED. She checked in on the mom and baby while Zhang called 911. Both Ying Shi and the baby, Anna, are happy and healthy (Kucher, San Diego Union-Tribune, 11/6).

    • Florida: To combat the opioid epidemic, Florida Blue, the largest health insurer in the state, has said on Jan. 1, 2018, it will stopping covering OxyContin in favor of an alternative extended-release painkiller, Xtampza ER, which the insurer said is less easy to misuse. The new policy will not apply to generic versions of oxycodone, according to Scott McClelland, the VP of commercial and specialty pharmacy for Florida Blue (Gluck, USA Today, 11/7).

    • Georgia: Memorial Health has selected Shayne George as CEO. George will officially become CEO, replacing current interim CEO Kerry Watson, once Memorial Health is fully integrated into HCA South Atlantic Division, where George has worked for over two decades (Vaidya, Becker's Hospital Review, 11/7).

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