June 28, 2018

Around the nation: Family reunites with doctor who saved daughter's life

Daily Briefing

    Richard Wendorf, a doctor in the ICU of Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt in Nashville, received a visit from the family of a five-year-old girl he helped save after she was found unresponsive face-up in a pond, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from Illinois, North Dakota, and Tennessee.

    • Illinois: The Healthcare Financial Management Association has named Kevin Brennan as the chair of its board of directors. Brennan is currently the CFO of Geisinger Health System but is retiring on June 30. Brennan has served as Geisinger's CFO for 23 years, making him the longest-serving CFO in the health system's history (Haefner, Becker's Hospital CFO Report, 6/26).

    • South Dakota: Sanford Health plans to acquire the Neuropsychiatric Research Institute (NRI) with the goal of establishing a research program for Sanford Research, the nonprofit research arm of Sanford Health. The NRI was established in 1955 and focuses on research related to eating disorders and obesity (AP/Sacramento Bee, 6/26).

    • Tennessee: Richard Wendorf, a doctor in the ICU of Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt in Nashville, received a visit from the family of a five-year-old girl he helped save after she was found unresponsive face-up in a pond. According to doctors at Vanderbilt, the girl is the first to come to the ED in her condition and leave with a 100% chance of recovery—something Wendorf called a "miracle" (Burch, WSMV, 6/25).

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