Around the nation: Mercy Health introduces 'super scrubs' for staff

Bite-sized hospital and health industry news

To curb the spread of illness during the flu season, Mercy Health has become one of the first hospital systems to require all providers to wear waterproof, antimicrobial "super scrubs," in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from Missouri, Ohio, and South Carolina.

  • Missouri: Olathe Health has opened a new $2.2 million, 9,400-square-foot clinic that features primary care, lab services, radiology, and X-ray capacities. The clinic, called the Hedge Lane clinic, aims to serve as "an iconic, one-stop facility that would efficiently meet health care needs of the surrounding community," according to Jim Stearman, a principal architect at Hoefer Wysocki  Architects (Reuter, Kansas City Business Journal, 2/2).

  • Ohio: To curb the spread of illness during this year's influenza season, Mercy Health has become one of the first hospital systems to require all providers to wear waterproof, antimicrobial "super scrubs." The scrubs, which are approved by the American Hospital Association, work by repelling fluid rather an absorbing it, as most scrubs do (Rege, Becker's Clinical Leadership & Infection Control, 2/2; Caldwell, WTOL-11, 2/1).

  • South Carolina: Conway Medical Center has named Bret Barr as CEO. Barr will succeed Philip Clayton who retired at the end of 2017. Barr most recently served as COO of Conway Medical and has held various roles at the hospital since 1998, including as controller and CFO (Vaidya, Becker's Hospital Review, 2/2).

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