The nursery at Baylor Scott & White All Saints Medical Center—Fort Worth delivered 48 babies in 41 hours last month, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from Missouri, Oregon, and Texas.
- Missouri: Missouri physicians are warning state residents to be wary of diseases caused by flea, mosquito, and tick bites in light of a recent CDC report that found bug-borne diseases in the United States more than tripled from 2004 to 2016. While Missouri ranks around average for mosquito-borne diseases, it ranks in the top 40% among states for tick-borne diseases (AP/Sacramento Bee, 6/30).
- Oregon: McKenzie-Willamette Medical Center has named David Elgarico as CEO, effective July 30. Elgarico is currently serving as the COO and ethics compliance officer of Touro Infirmary in New Orleans, and has previously served as COO of West Houston Medical Center and Rio Grande Regional Hospital, both operated by HCA Healthcare in Texas (Vaidya, Becker's Hospital Review, 6/29).
- Texas: The nursery at Baylor Scott & White All Saints Medical Center—Fort Worth delivered an 48 babies in less than two days—an average of more than 1 baby per hour during the 41 hour-period that began June 26. Jamie Erwin, an OB-GYN at the hospital, said there was talk in the hospital about a full moon being the cause of the baby boom. "There's always talk about full moon, we definitely had a big full moon this week," Erwin said, adding, "Maybe there is something to that as well, maybe not. But it's always a busy time of the year" (CBS News, 6/30).
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