Health officials in Arkansas said about 150 people were exposed to measles after a traveler with the disease flew from Chicago to Little Rock, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from Arkansas, California, and Florida.
- Arkansas: About 150 people have been exposed to measles after a traveler with the disease flew from Chicago to Little Rock, according to state health officials. Gary Wheeler, CMO of the University of Arkansas at Medical Science (UAMS), said the passenger developed symptoms of the disease while he was traveling from outside the country for a new job in Arkansas. According to Wheeler, the exposed individuals include passengers on United Airlines Flight 5314 and people seeking care at UAMS' ED. He advised those exposed to contact the Health Department to verify their vaccinations (AP/Sacramento Bee, 1/18).
- California: Martin Luther King Jr. Community Hospital has received $15 million to address physician shortages. The hospital received $7.5 million from the Weingart Foundation and $7.5 million from the Ballmer Group. The funding will go to the MLK Community Medical Group, a physician group that hospital leaders created in 2016 (Paavola, Becker's Hospital CFO Report, 1/17).
- Florida: Rockledge Regional Medical Center, part of Boston-based Steward Health Care System, has named Jonathan Immordino as CFO. Immordino most recently worked at Inova Fairfax Hospital in Virginia and will be responsible for implementing a new EHR system, as well as a centralized accounts payable system, at Rockledge Regional (Vaidya, Becker's Hospital Review, 1/18).
From outbreaks to hurricanes: How can your hospital prepare for disasters?
Hospitals must be prepared for myriad disasters that can stress health care systems to the breaking point and disrupt delivery of vital health care services.
Advisory Board has compiled step-by-step procedures for various threats your facility may encounter—though we hope you'll never need to use them.