May 9, 2018

Around the nation: Comedian Ken Jeong, a former doctor, stops show to help with medical emergency

Daily Briefing

    Comedian Ken Jeong—who is a former doctor—stopped his comedy show at the Stand Up Live Comedy Club in Phoenix on Saturday to assist an audience member having a medical emergency, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from Arizona, Florida, and Mississippi.

    • Arizona: Comedian Ken Jeong—who previously starred on ABC's "Dr. Ken" and is a former doctor in real life—stopped his comedy show at the Stand Up Live Comedy Club in Phoenix on Saturday to assist an audience member who reportedly had a seizure. Jeong cleared the area and monitored the patient with the help of an audience member who was an EMT until paramedics arrived. The patient was on her feet and walking before leaving with paramedics (WTHR, 5/8; McCarthy, Fox News, 5/7).

    • Florida: Cleveland Clinic is in talks to bring four Florida-based hospitals—Indian River Medical Center and Martin Health System's three hospitals—into the Cleveland Clinic health system. According to Wael Barsoum, CEO and president of Cleveland Clinic Florida, the clinic is also a finalist to partner with Boca Raton Regional Hospital (Coutré, Modern Healthcare, 5/7).

    • Mississippi: Merit Health Natchez has named Lance Boyd CEO, effective June 18. Boyd previously served as COO of Tennova Healthcare's Turkey Creek Medical Center in Tennessee. Boyd will succeed Eric Robinson, who stepped down in March (Vaidya, Becker's Hospital Review, 5/7).

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