Around the nation: More than 23,000 cheerleaders potentially exposed to mumps at competition

More than 23,000 cheerleaders may have been exposed to mumps at a national cheerleading competition that took place in Dallas last month, as one of the participants has reportedly come down with the virus, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from New Jersey, Texas, and Virginia.

  • New Jersey: Virtua Health and Lourdes Health System on Thursday announced that they are exploring a potential merger. According to the systems, under the potential merger, Virtua, which owns three hospitals in Burlington County, would acquire Lourdes' hospitals in Camden and Burlington (Livio, NJ.com, 3/8).

  • Texas: Texas Health officials are warning more than 23,000 cheerleaders may have been exposed to mumps at a national cheerleading competition that took place in Dallas last month, after one of the participants has reportedly come down with the virus. State health officials have reportedly issued letters to athletes and coaches who participated in the event about the potential risk—but a spokesperson for the Texas Department of State Health Services separately noted that the risk of contracting mumps for most people in this particular case is "very, very low" (Rege, Becker's Clinical Leadership & Infection Control, 3/8).

  • Virginia: Bon Secours Virginia has named Paul Gaden as CEO of Bon Secours Maryview Medical Center in Portsmouth and Bon Secours DePaul Medical Center in Norfolk. Gaden recently served as the CEO of Providence Portland Medical Center in Oregon and as CEO of the Oregon Eastern region for Providence Health & Services (Vaidya, Becker's Hospital Review, 3/8).

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