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January 12, 2018

Around the nation: Pennsylvania declares public health emergency over opioid misuse

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    Other states have taken similar measures to fight the opioid misuse epidemic, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from California, Florida, and Pennsylvania.

    • California: The Saint Agnes Medical Center ED is operating at 104% capacity this week amid a surge of patients with influenza symptoms and respiratory issues. According to Saint Agnes CMO W. Eugene Egerton, the flu season has brought in "record numbers of patients" in the ED in recent days. In response to the surge, Saint Agnes on Wednesday put on an overflow tent near the ED (Knowles, Becker's Hospital Review, 1/10).

    • Florida: Nemours Children's Health System CEO David Bailey has retired after 13 years at the helm and more than 20 years with the system. Nemours has not selected a successor. "I look forward to participating in the search for the next CEO as an opportunity to transition what has been my dream, to someone with equal passion for children's health care," Bailey said (Porter, HealthLeaders Media, 1/9).

    • Pennsylvania: Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf (D) on Thursday declared the opioid misuse epidemic in the state a public health emergency. Under the declaration, emergency responders can provide a person who declines to be taken to the hospital with overdose-reversal drug naloxone. The 90-day declaration also boosts access to the state's prescription drug monitoring program. Several other states have made similar declarations in order to use additional funding for treatment and prevention, Megan Thielking writes for STAT News' "Morning Rounds" (Thielking, "Morning Rounds," STAT News, 1/11).

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