Around the nation: Nurse saves 8-year-old at Georgia pool

Bite-sized hospital and health industry news

A respiratory nurse from Children's Healthcare of Atlanta helped save the life of an eight-year-old girl who had stopped breathing after falling off of a float in a pool, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from Georgia, New York, and Washington, D.C.

  • Georgia: A respiratory nurse from Children's Healthcare of Atlanta helped save an eight-year-old girl who had stopped breathing after falling off of a float at an apartment complex pool. The girl's father jumped into the pool to save her, but when she came out, she had "no detectable pulse," according to the hospital. After the nurse administered three rounds of CPR, the girl began breathing and was taken to Egleston Children's Hospital, where she made a full recovery (Goolrick, WSBTV, 7/19).

  • New York: Westfield Memorial Hospital has named Valarie Jackson as its president, effective Aug. 13. Jackson has previously served as the VP of the hospital services division at Charles Cole Memorial Hospital in Pennsylvania and as executive director of regional operations for UPMC Hamot Heart and Vascular Institute (Vaidya, Becker's Hospital Review, 7/25).

  • Washington, D.C.: Ascension announced Wednesday that it will close Providence Hospital, its 283-bed hospital in Washington, D.C., at the end of the year. The move comes as Ascension pursues a new strategic direction that involves decreasing its number of hospitals while focusing on telehealth, primary care, urgent care, home care, and population health (Kacik, Modern Healthcare, 7/25; Moyer, Washington Post, 7/26).

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