May 25, 2018

Around the nation: This woman thought she was giving birth to triplets. Then a fourth baby showed up.

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    Vivian Van Gorder was expecting to give birth to triplets, but she was in for a surprise when a fourth baby unexpectedly arrived, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from Massachusetts, Minnesota/New Jersey, and Texas.

    • Massachusetts: Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Lahey Health have announced that if their proposed merger is approved, the new organization would be called Beth Israel Lahey Health. The merger is still being reviewed by the state and includes not only Beth Israel and Lahey but also New England Baptist Hospital, Mount Auburn Hospital, and Anna Jaques Hospital (Bartlett, Boston Business Journal, 5/23).

    • Minnesota/New Jersey: UnitedHealthcare on Thursday announced a partnership with Quest Diagnostics to make Quest in-network for all UnitedHealthcare members starting Jan. 1, 2019. (Daily Briefing is published by Advisory Board, a division of Optum, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of UnitedHealth Group. UnitedHealth Group separately owns UnitedHealthcare.) Executives said that the partnership will allow UnitedHealthcare and Quest to expand their value-based programs, improve their digital platforms, and reduce gaps in care by using real-time data sharing. UnitedHealthcare on Thursday also announced it would renew its contract with LabCorp (Japsen, Forbes, 5/24; Kacik, Modern Healthcare, 5/24; UnitedHealthcare release, 5/24).

    • Texas: Vivian Van Gorder was expecting to give birth to triplets on Monday, but she was caught by surprise when a fourth baby unexpectedly arrived. C. Tony Dunn, one of the doctors at Baylor Scott & White Hillcrest Medical Center in Waco who helped with the delivery, said that after the first three expected babies were delivered, he "reached in and felt an elbow and said 'we've got a surprise,' which was a happy surprise." Vivian, her husband Chris, and the quadruplets are all doing well (Lopez, KWTX, 5/22).

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