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December 14, 2017

Around the nation: Nurse saves doctor after he collapses during a run

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    Jamie Ponter, a nurse at Magee Women's Hospital, saved the life of Francis Kush, a doctor, when she performed CPR on him after seeing him collapsed in a park, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from Pennsylvania, Florida, and West Virginia.

    • Pennsylvania: Jamie Ponter, a nurse at Magee Women's Hospital, was driving by a park when she noticed a man facedown on the ground. She stopped the car, ran over to the man, and after assessing his symptoms, immediately began performing CPR with the help of another bystander. Thanks to Ponter's quick action, the man—Francis Kush, a physician—managed to survive what he said was a rare, often fatal type of heart attack called a "widow maker" (WPXI, 12/12).

    • Florida: HCA has selected Lee Chaykin to serve as CEO of Aventura Hospital and Medical Center. Chaykin, who has been with HCA for over 20 years, most recently served as VP of business development at the HCA East Florida Division office. Chaykin will succeed Dianne Goldenberg, who is leaving to become CEO of Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center (Bandell, South Florida Business Journal, 12/13).

    • West Virginia: State officials in West Virginia report that the number of adults who smoke has dropped from 28.6% in 2011 to 24.8% in 2016. Rahul Gupta, commissioner for the state's Bureau of Public Health, said the decline represents the first evidence of more middle- and high-school students who have never smoked becoming adults (AP/Sacramento Bee, 12/12).

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