March 1, 2018

Around the nation: Oregon nurse finds kidney donor via billboard

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    The nurse, Roxanne Loomis, posted a notice seeking a kidney donor on a billboard at the recommendation of her physician, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from Delaware, Nevada, and Oregon.

    • Delaware: According to Delaware officials, the state has seen 5,758 cases of influenza so far this season, the most since the state began tracking flu cases 14 years ago. The state saw 4,590 cases of the flu last season, which was previously the state record (Knowles, Becker's Clinical Leadership & Infection Control, 2/27).

    • Nevada: Northeastern Nevada Regional Hospital named Steven Simpson CEO. Simpson most recently served as the CEO of Tennova Lakeway Regional Hospital in Tennessee, and he has held leadership positions at University Medical Center. Simpson succeeds Rick Palagi, who is retiring (Vaidya, Becker's Hospital Review, 2/27).

    • Oregon: A nurse from Eugene has found a kidney donor after taking out a billboard ad off of an Oregon interstate to advertise her need for a transplant. Roxanne Loomis, 64, purchased a billboard ad about a year ago, after her kidney doctor made the suggestion in the hopes that someone would "see the message and go: Yes!" according to Loomis' friend (Hill, McClatchy/Sacramento Bee, 2/27).

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