October 16, 2018

Around the nation: Pennsylvania nonprofit to launch safe injection site—despite government opposition

Daily Briefing

    The Philadelphia site would be the first safe injection site in the nation, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from California, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Washington, and Wisconsin.

    • California/Vermont/Washington/Wisconsin: Four more hospitals have joined Apple's project to include patient health records in its Health app. The health records program launched in January at 12 hospitals. Since then, about 100 hospitals have joined the project. The four most recent hospitals to join are Wisconsin-based Fort Healthcare, Vermont-based Grace Cottage Hospital, California-based Kaiser Permanente, and Washington-based Overlake Hospital Medical Center (Cohen, Becker's Hospital Review, 10/12).

    • Florida: HCA Healthcare is donating $1 million to the Red Cross to fund Hurricane Michael relief. One of the system's hospitals, Gulf Coast Regional Medical Center in Panama City, experienced "significant damage" after Hurricane Michael, Alexis Muellner reports for Tampa Bay Business Journal. The health system, which has 45 hospitals in Florida, donated $500,000 to the Red Cross last month to fund aide to the Carolinas during Hurricane Florence (Muellner, Tampa Bay Business Journal, 10/15).

    • Pennsylvania: The nonprofit Safehouse, launched by former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell (D), will open a safe injection site in Philadelphia, despite the federal government's stance against such sites. Individuals who misuse drugs will have to undergo a physical and mental health assessment before entering the site, where people can use illicit drugs under supervision. Safehouse will also offer social services and primary care referrals for people interested in continuous care. U.S. deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein said the Justice Department will not allow U.S. cities to open safe injection sites (Cook, Becker's Hospital Review, 10/12).

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