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October 24, 2018

Around the nation: Adenovirus outbreak kills 6 six children at NJ rehab center

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    The health department has prohibited the rehab center from admitting new patients until the outbreak end, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from Hawaii, Maryland, and New Jersey.

    • Hawaii: Earl Bakken, an electrical engineer, co-founder of Medtronic, and inventor of the first wearable heart pacemaker, died on Monday at the age of 94. Bakken led Medtronic for 40 years before his retirement in 1989, and he served as president of the board at North Hawaii Community Hospital, which he founded (Hrushka, Pacific Business News, 10/22).
    • Maryland: Deborah DiSanzo is stepping down from her post as general manager of IBM Watson Health. DiSanzo has served as IBM Watson's general manager for three years and is now heading to the strategy team for IBM Cognitive Solutions. Reasons for her departure were unclear, MedCity News reports (Dietsche, MedCity News, 10/22).

    • New Jersey: An adenovirus outbreak killed six children and sickened 12 others at the Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation, the New Jersey Department of Health said Tuesday. The department in a statement said the "strain of adenovirus in this outbreak is affecting medically fragile children with severely compromised immune systems." The health department has prohibited the rehab center from admitting new patients until the outbreak ends. The cause of the outbreak is unknown (Cook, Becker's Hospital Review, 10/23; Gonzales, Reuters, 10/23).

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