Around the nation: Nurse visiting the Grand Canyon treats helicopter crash victims

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Katie Kineally, a certified registered nurse anesthetist, helped treat victims of a helicopter crash, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from Arizona, California, and Ohio.

  • Arizona: For Katie Kineally, a certified registered nurse anesthetist, a vacation to the Grand Canyon on Saturday became a rescue mission when a nearby helicopter tour crashed. Kineally jumped into action, working with first responders to administer IVs and help keep patients from going into shock as the sun set and the temperatures fell. Kineally treated patients for nine hours until all were airlifted out of the canyon to a nearby hospital, according to CBS 8's "Las Vegas Now." As of Monday, three of the helicopters' seven occupants were killed in the crash (Edney, "Las Vegas Now," CBS 8, 2/11; Bean, Becker's Hospital Review, 2/12; Wooston, "Post Nation," Washington Post, 2/12).

  • California: Harbor-UCLA Medical Center on Feb. 7 opened its newly expanded psychiatric ED that includes a specialized space for adolescents. According to the Los Angeles Business Journal, the dedicated adolescent space is the first of its kind on the West Coast. Hospital officials said the $7.3 million, 5,600-square-foot ED will allow the facility to increase psychiatric patient volume by 40% (Batholomew, Los Angeles Business Journal, 2/7; Knowles, Becker's Hospital Review, 2/12).

  • Ohio: Brent Burkey has been named president of Fisher-Titus Medical Center in Norwalk. Fisher-Titus recently restructured its top leadership position, splitting the president and CEO role into two separate positions. Previously, Burkey served as CMO of Cleveland Clinic Avon Hospital. Burkey spent 14 years with Cleveland Clinic during which time he held various leadership roles (Vaidya, Becker's Hospital Review, 2/12). 

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