December 6, 2017

Around the nation: Nurse retires after 58 years in the OR

Daily Briefing

    Sandy Glatfelter, who just turned 80, says she's "always loved the big bad cases," in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from California, Colorado, and Pennsylvania.

    • California: A Los Angeles County program that uses local and federal funds to subsidize housing and intensive case management for acutely ill homeless individuals has saved the county thousands of dollars, according to a new study by RAND Corporation. The study found that Housing for Health participants saw improved mental health and 96% remained in housing for more than one year. Further, the program was tied to reduced hospitalizations and ED visits. Overall, the program saved $1.20 in health care and social service costs for every dollar spent (Holland, "L.A. Now," Los Angeles Times, 12/4).

    • Colorado: Rose Medical Center COO Ryan Tobin will take over as president and CEO, effective Jan. 2, 2018. Tobin succeeds Kenneth Feiler, who is leaving the position to work on "other roles of service, including executive development and teaching," according to a statement from the hospital (Vaidya, Becker's Hospital Review, 12/4).                                 

    • Pennsylvania: After nearly 60 years in the OR, nurse Sandy Glatfelter retired from UPMC Pinnacle Lancaster on Friday—her 80th birthday. Glatfelter came to the OR at Pinnacle Lancaster 58 years ago, when it was still known as St. Joseph Hospital, for her final rotation in nursing school and stayed there for her career. Glatfelter said she loved the OR's urgency, adding, "I've always loved the big bad cases—the craniotomy, the ruptured aneurysm." In her retirement, Glatfelter hopes to spend more time with her children and grandchildren (AP/ABC News, 12/4; Kopf, Lancaster Online, 12/3).

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