Around the nation: CDC warns against eating Kellogg's Honey Smacks

Bite-sized hospital and health industry news

CDC warned consumers on Thursday not to purchase Kellogg's Honey Smacks cereal, citing an outbreak of Salmonella related to the cereal that has infected at least 100 people in 33 states, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from Georgia, Oklahoma, and Pennsylvania.

  • Georgia: CDC warned consumers on Thursday not to purchase Kellogg's Honey Smacks cereal, citing a Salmonella outbreak related to the cereal has infected at least 100 people in 33 states. Both CDC and FDA in June said they were investigating the outbreak, and on Thursday, FDA said it would be working with retailers to prevent the sale of the cereal (Balu, Reuters, 7/12; Rosenberg, "To Your Health," Washington Post, 7/12).

  • Oklahoma: Ascension Healthcare has named Michael Mullins as ministry market executive for St. John Health System (SJHS), a seven-hospital system based in Tulsa. Mullins is currently the SVP at Ascension and has served as interim CEO for SJHS since September 2017 (Vaidya, Becker's Hospital Review, 7/12).

  • Pennsylvania: Lehigh Valley Health Network on Wednesday announced a $111 million expansion project to more than double the capacity of the ED at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest in Salisbury Township. The expansion would add 120,000 square feet to Cedar Crest's ED and increase its bed count from 42 to 97 (Paavola, Becker's Hospital Review, 7/11; Bresswein, LehighValleyLive.com, 7/11).

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