July 6, 2018

Around the nation: Federal judge blocks Arkansas law effectively banning medication abortion

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    A federal judge on Monday temporarily blocked an Arkansas state law that would have made it the first state to ban medication abortion, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from Arkansas, Michigan, and New York.

    • Arkansas: A federal judge on Monday temporarily blocked a 2015 state law requiring doctors who provide medication abortion to have a contract with another doctor who has admitting privileges at a hospital. U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker issued a preliminary injunction blocking the law in a lawsuit filed against Arkansas by Planned Parenthood, which claims the law effectively makes medication abortion illegal (Hellmann, The Hill, 7/3).

    • Michigan: Saint Joseph Mercy Health System and Mercy Health have named Kelly Smith as chief strategy officer for the state of Michigan. Smith previously served as the regional chief strategy officer of West Michigan for Mercy Health. Mercy and Saint Joseph merged at the beginning of the year and are both part of Trinity Health (Vaidya, Becker's Hospital Review, 7/2).

    • New York: Evergreen Health is opening a full-time clinic in Jamestown, New York, aimed at serving HIV-positive patients. Evergreen said it will cost just under $156,000 to establish the clinic, which is expected to serve about 150 patients who live outside of the Buffalo metropolitan area (Drury, Buffalo Business First, 7/3).

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