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October 1, 2018

Around the nation: Pennsylvania doctors perform first (and second) liver transplant in Jamaica

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    Stephen Dunn, the chair of surgery at Nemours, said the 13-month old recipient of the transplant, is doing well, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from Florida, Indiana, Ohio, and Pennsylvania.

    • Florida/Ohio: Cleveland Clinic said it would invest $250 million over 10 years in Florida-based Indian River Medical Center as part of a proposed takeover.As part of the proposed deal between Cleveland Clinic and the medical center, Cleveland Clinic would take on $102 million in liabilities and agree not to sell the hospital for 10 years. Indian River's oversight boards are set to vote on the deal Wednesday. If the deal is approved, it is expected to close early next year (Ellison, Becker's Hospital CFO Report, 9/27).

    • Indiana: Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) will award the Indiana State Department of Health $10.9 million to fund a home visiting program for pregnant women and parents with young children. The funding is almost a $1 million increase from last year. According to George Sigounas, administrator of HRSA, the home-visiting programs "help parents improve their family's health and provide better opportunities for their children." Three-quarters of families participating in the program have incomes at or below 100% of the federal poverty level (AP/ Sacramento Bee, 9/27).

    • Pennsylvania: A team of doctors from Philadelphia performed the first liver transplant in Jamaica at Nemours/Alfred I. DuPont Hospital for Children. Stephen Dunn, the chair of surgery at Nemours, said 13- month old Zaiden, the recipient of the transplant, is doing well. The team performed another transplant on a 16-month old baby Friday (CBSPhilly, 9/27).

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