Around the nation: Hospital helps dying patient with his last wish to get married—to his ex-wife

Bite-sized hospital and health industry news

Boone Memorial Hospital brought in a local pastor to rewed Paul Baire and Sandra Mullins Baire, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from Arkansas, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia.

  • Arkansas: Charles Willett, the CEO of Fulton County Hospital, retired from his position on July 1. Willett has been CEO of Fulton County Hospital for five years, during which the hospital opened a wound care clinic and a family practice clinic. Willett also oversaw the implementation of an EHR system at the hospital (Vaidya, Becker's Hospital Review, 7/5).

  • Pennsylvania: WellSpan Health announced on June 29 that it signed an affiliation agreement with Summit Health and has submitted the agreement to state and regulatory agencies for review. The merger aims to address projected physician and health care worker shortages in Franklin County and its surrounding counties (VanAsdalan, York Dispatch, 7/3).

  • West Virginia: Boone Memorial Hospital on June 27 granted a patient, Paul Baire, his final wish to marry his ex-wife Sandra Mullins Baire. Paul and Sandra were originally married in 1972 but divorced about 20 years later. The two later got back together but had never remarried. When hospital staff heard Paul's last wish was to marry Sandra again, hospital staff put together a wedding ceremony, with the hospital auxiliary donating a bouquet and the dietary department preparing the cake (WSAZ, 7/5).

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