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Around the nation: A California nurse discovers a new doctor was once her patient—in the NICU


The nurse, Vilma Wong, cared for Brandon Seminatore nearly 30 years ago in Lucile Packard Children's Hospital's neonatal intensive care unit, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from California, Maryland, Massachusetts, and Ohio.

  • California: When Vilma Wong, a nurse at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital, encountered a new doctor doing rounds at the hospital, she was struck by the familiarity of his name. After asking him a few questions, Wong realized the doctor, Brandon Seminatore, had been a patient of hers in the hospital's neonatal incentive care unit (NICU) 28 years ago. Seminatore was about two pounds when he was born prematurely at 29 weeks, and he spent 40 days in the NICU. Seminatore described meeting Wong as a "surreal experience," adding, "She cares deeply for her patients, to the point that she was able to remember a patient's name almost three decades later." Wong said she loves her work and added that meeting a baby she'd cared for years ago makes her job even more enjoyable (Bacon, USA Today, 9/3).
  • Maryland/Ohio: Bon Secours Health System and Mercy Health on Wednesday finalized their merger agreement and named 14 new members to the combined hospital system's senior leadership team. The senior leadership team—which includes Brian Smith as COO and Debbie Bloomfield as CFO—report to the system's CEO, John Starcher, who formerly served as president and CEO of Mercy Health. The new hospital system, Bon Secours Mercy Health, is one of the largest in the country, with 43 hospitals across seven states (Porter, Health Leaders Media, 9/6). 
  • Massachusetts: Students at Harvard Medical School arranged a photojournalism exhibit at Brigham and Women's Hospital featuring Boston residents affected by the opioid epidemic. The 31-portrait exhibit, called "RESILIENT: Narrative of Hope from Boston's Opioid Crisis," is purposed to elevate the narratives of community members. "A lot of the coverage of the opioid crisis has actually been from people who haven't experienced it themselves. It was really important for us to try to highlight those stories and hear from the people themselves," said Joyce Zhou, a Harvard Medical School student and co-director of the project (Cook, Becker's Hospital Review, 9/6).

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