The wildfires that have plagued Southern California recently have led to air quality hazards throughout the state, even beyond areas directly affected by the flames, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from California, Ohio, and South Dakota.
- California: The wildfires that have plagued Southern California recently have led to air quality hazards throughout the state, even beyond areas directly affected by the flames. Health officials said Friday that air quality in Santa Barbara and Goleta had been unhealthy for the past three days. Authorities are distributing special masks, and they're recommending that people leave the area for at least a few hours each day. Officials have also advised residents to limit their outdoor activities, close their windows, and use air conditioning units that recycle indoor air (Karlamangla/Vives, Los Angeles Times, 12/9).
- Ohio: Huntington Bank has announced it will give $2 million to Nationwide Children's Hospital to support its Partners for Kids program. The program connects more than 300,000 children and adolescents with mental health services under the state's Medicaid Managed Care Plans (Navera, Columbus Business First, 12/8).
- South Dakota: Nolan Adams, an 11-year-old boy from Watertown has donated 176 Christmas gifts to children undergoing treatment at Sanford Children's Hospital in Sioux Falls. This is the fourth year that Adams has donated gifts to Sanford Children's, and according to his mother, he already has saved up about $300 toward next year's gifts (WMUR, 12/10; AP/Sacramento Bee, 12/10).
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