January 31, 2018

Around the nation: 'I'll trade you a liver for a kidney?' For two women, the deal saved their loved ones' lives.

Daily Briefing

    Aliana Deveza donated part of her liver to a woman whose sister donated a kidney to Aliana's mother, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from California, Indiana, and Oregon.

    • California: Doctors at the Connie Frank Transplant Center at the University of California, San Francisco Medical Center last summer performed an organ transplant that involved two organ donations between two families. Aliana Deveza's mother, Erosalyn Deveza, suffered from kidney disease and needed a transplant. Aliana wasn't eligible to donate a kidney, so to help her mother access a transplant, Aliana donated about half of her liver to Connie Saragoza de Salinas, whose sister, Annie Simmons, donated a kidney to Erosalyn (Anderson, Sacramento Bee, 1/30).

    • Indiana: La Porte Hospital is planning to build a $125 million, six-story hospital. The expansion is expected to open in 2020, according to Becker's Hospital Review. The new 200,000-square-foot building will be located in one of two spots within 20 acres of hospital-owned property that surrounds the existing facility (Paavola, Becker's Hospital Review, 1/29).

    • Oregon: Lori James-Nielsen has been named president of Tuality Healthcare. James-Nielsen has been interim COO and chief nursing officer since August 2017. Tuality is a partner of Oregon Health & Science University (Vaidya, Becker's Hospital Review, 1/29).

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